Important dates and census
While studying, it’s good to know which dates each study period will have an impact on you. Here are the relevant fee, enrolment and census dates for each study period.
What are the important dates?
Each year we provide a list of important dates for each study period in the University Handbook. Links directly to these dates can be found on this page. The dates relate to when:
- invoices are released, fees are due, census dates, instalment dates for international students and dates you’ll incur your HELP debts (if applicable)
- teaching starts, the last date to add or withdraw from units, orientation weeks, holidays and more
- class timetables in STAR open
- the exam timetable is released, exam periods, result release and change of exam location
- graduations are held and dates relating to applying to graduate.
2020 important dates
- 2020 Trimester dates
- 2020 Doctor of Medicine dates
- 2020 Intensive / Residential Unit dates
- 2020 Master of Dietetics dates
- 2020 Masters Qualifying Program dates
- 2020 Medical Imaging date
- 2020 Northern Trimesters dates
- 2020 Research Degree dates
- 2020 SEBE Honours dates
- 2020 Start Anytime date
2021 important dates
2021 important dates can be found in the 2021 Handbook.
COVID-19 grace period
Deakin is offering students additional time to consider whether they need to withdraw from units in the following study periods in 2020.
- for Trimester 1 (T1) and/or Semester (M1 – Medicine) units by 11.59pm on Wednesday 15 April 2020.
- for Trimester 2 (T2) units by 11.59pm on Monday 24 August
- for Semester 2 (Medicine 2) units by 11.59pm on Monday 31 August 2020 (this date remains as the Semester 2 census date).
When you first withdraw, the status will be WL (Withdrawn Late) until the University amends the status. We will amend all units to reflect the status of Withdrawn Early (WE) within 3 business days and will confirm via email.
Domestic students who withdraw by this date will not incur fees. International students are subject to normal fee refund processes, please see the Fees website for more information.
Withdrawn Late and Withdrawn Fail changes
The final dates to withdraw from a unit and receive a Withdrawn Late or a Withdrawn Fail has been extended. Check the 2020 Important Dates in the 2020 Handbook for these changes.
- Trimester 2, last date to receive a Withdrawn Late (WL) has been extended to Sunday 4 October. A Withdrawn Fail (WN) now applies from Monday 5 October.
- Trimester 3, last date to receive a Withdrawn Late (WL) has been extended to Sunday 7 February 2021. A Withdrawn Fail (WN) now applies from Monday 8 February 2021.
- Semester (Medicine) 2, last date to receive a Withdrawn Late (WL) has been extended to Sunday 25 October. A Withdrawn Fail (WN) now applies from Monday 26 October.
What is the census date?
Each study period has a census date a few weeks after each study period starts.
Why is the census date important?
The census date is important as it is the last day to finalise aspects of your enrolment and fee obligations for that study period. If you make changes to your enrolment after the census date, you remain liable for the relevant tuition fees.
Savvy student – know your census date
The census date is the last day for all students to withdraw from the current study period's units without reference on your academic record.
The census date is the last day for international students to withdraw from the current trimester and receive a 50% refund.
For information on refunds for international students visit
- Withdrawal and refund dates for international students in their first study period
- Withdrawal and refund dates for current international students.
The census date is the last day for domestic students:
- to withdraw from units, intermit from current study period or discontinue course without HECS-HELP/FEE-HELP liability
- for Commonwealth supported, HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP or SA-HELP students to make full or partial upfront payments for current study period
- for Commonwealth supported students to submit online Commonwealth Assistance Form and/or provide their tax file number (TFN)
- for domestic fee-paying students to apply for FEE-HELP or pay fees up front for study period
- to withdraw from current study period without incurring the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) if applicable.
For information on refunds for domestic students visit Withdrawal dates and refund amounts for domestic students.
2020 Trimester Census dates
- Trimester 1 - Tuesday 31 March
- Trimester 2 - Saturday 15 August
- Trimester 3 - Tuesday 15 December
2020 Research Census dates
- Quarter 1 - Tuesday 31 March
- Quarter 2 - Tuesday 30 June
- Quarter 3 - Wednesday 30 September
- Quarter 4 - Thursday 31 December
2020 Semester Census dates
- Semester 1 - Tuesday 31 March
- Semester 2 - Monday 31 August
Other study periods
- Opens early September 2020
- Closes - check the Re-enrolment website
In the Important Dates in the Handbook, we list any public holidays and whether Deakin is open or closed.
Deakin also has a 'shut down' period over Christmas and New Year when the University is closed.
If you’d like to see a complete list of these dates for the year, check the University Key dates.
If you are applying for a new course, check when applications are open at the University Key dates.
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