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.

What is the census date?

Each study period has a census date a few weeks after each study period starts. The census date is important as it is the last day to finalise aspects of your enrolment and fee obligations for that study period.

All students

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.

International students

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 dates and penalties.

Domestic students

The census date is the last day for domestic students:

  • to withdraw from units, intermit from current Trimester 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 Trimester
  • 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 Trimester
  • to withdraw from current Trimester without incurring the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

For information on refunds for domestic students visit Withdrawal dates and refund amounts for domestic students.

2019 Trimester Census Dates

  • Trimester 1 - Sunday 31 March
  • Trimester 2 - Thursday 15 August
  • Trimester 3 - Sunday 15 December

Other study periods

2019 Semester Census Dates

  • Semester 1 - Sunday 31 March
  • Semester 2 - Saturday 31 August

2019 Research Census Dates

  • Quarter 1 - Sunday 31 March
  • Quarter 2 - Sunday 30 June
  • Quarter 3 - Monday 30 September
  • Quarter 4 - Tuesday 31 December

Re-enrolment dates

For 2020

Public holidays

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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