As a VU student, you need to be aware of the key University dates and processes, including:

  • academic dates
  • administrative dates
  • enrolment rules relevant to your course.

Find out about VU’s important enrolment dates, what they mean, and what you need to complete by each deadline.

University enrolment dates – definitions

Census date

The census date is an important deadline each study period. It’s your last day to finalise the following:

  • withdrawal from your course or unit(s) without financial penalties
  • adding unit(s) to your enrolment – with College approval only
  • providing your Tax File Number (TFN), if you are a domestic student deferring fees via a HELP loan.

See HE census dates and VET/TAFE census dates.

Penalties for withdrawing after the census date

If you withdraw from the course or unit after the census date, you’ll face one of these financial penalties:

  • you will not be eligible for a refund for that unit
  • you will remain liable for the HELP loan for that unit.

Penalties also apply for the following delays and amendments:

  • making changes to your enrolment
  • making late payments
  • submitting documents after the relevant census date.

Exceptional circumstances

If you have to discontinue from your course or unit(s) after the census date due to exceptional circumstances, you may be eligible for a refund of fees or have your HELP debt remitted.

Administrative census date

The ‘administrative census date’ is the deadline for adding units each study period.

Withdraw without academic penalty

If you miss the census date, there is a deadline for withdrawing without academic penalty.

When you withdraw by that date, you avoid the academic penalty (fail), but you will remain liable for the fees/or HELP loan.

The discontinued unit will appear on the academic transcript with a WD (Withdrawn) grade.

Find out more about withdrawing from your units.

Withdraw with academic penalty (HE)

If you withdraw after the deadline for avoiding academic penalty, you’ll be deemed to have failed the unit.

In these circumstances, the following apply:

  • a WN (Withdrawn-Fail) grade will be recorded on your academic transcript
  • you’ll remain liable for the fees
  • the WN grade will be counted towards your Grade Point Average (GPA).

Find out more about withdrawing from your units.

After the deadline for withdrawing with academic penalty (HE)

Once the deadline for withdrawing with an academic penalty has passed, you can no longer withdraw from your unit of study.

2021 Higher Education (HE) enrolment deadlines

Study period

Administrative census (add units deadline)

Census

Withdraw online without academic penalty (WD) with fee liability

Withdraw online with academic penalty (WN-Fail) with fee liability

Summer Term 2020

13/11/2020

15/01/2021

22/01/2021

27/01/2021

Semester 1

26/2/2021

19/03/2021

16/04/2021

19/05/2021

Winter Term

18/6/2021

25/06/2021

9/07/2021

21/07/2021

Semester 2

6/8/2021

27/08/2021

24/09/2021

27/10/2021

Summer Term

12/11/2021

14/01/2022

21/01/2022

26/01/2022

 

Study period

Administrative census (add units deadline)

Census

Withdraw online without academic penalty (WD) with fee liability

Withdraw online with academic penalty (WN-Fail) with fee liability

Summer Block 1

20/1/2021

25/01/2021

1/02/2021

10/02/2021

Sem 1- Block 1

24/2/2021

1/03/2021

8/03/2021

17/03/2021

Sem 1- Block 2

24/3/2021

29/03/2021

5/04/2021

21/04/2021

Sem 1- Block 3

5/5/2021

10/05/2021

17/05/2021

26/05/2021

Sem 1- Block 4

2/6/2021

7/06/2021

14/06/2021

23/06/2021

Winter Block

7/7/2021

12/07/2021

19/07/2021

28/07/2021

Sem 2 - Block 1

4/8/2021

9/08/2021

16/08/2021

15/08/2021

Sem 2 - Block 2

1/9/2021

6/09/2021

13/09/2021

22/09/2021

Sem 2 - Block 3

6/10/2021

11/10/2021

18/10/2021

27/10/2021

Sem 2 - Block 4

3/11/2021

8/11/2021

15/11/2021

24/11/2021

Study period (8-week Block)

Administrative census (add units deadline)

Census

Withdraw online without academic penalty (WD) with fee liability

Withdraw online with academic penalty (WN-Fail) with fee liability

 Block 1

26/02/2021

9/03/2021

22/03/2021

21/04/2021

Block 2

7/05/2021

17/05/2021

31/05/2021

23/06/2021

Block 3

6/08/2021

16/08/2021

30/08/2021

22/09/2021

Block 4

8/10/2021

18/10/2021

1/11/2021

24/11/2021

Block 5

3/12/2021

20/12/2021

17/01/2022

9/02/2022

Study period

Administrative census (add units deadline)

Census

Withdraw online without academic penalty (WD) with fee liability

Withdraw online with academic penalty (WN-Fail) with fee liability

Trimester 1

26/03/2021

9/04/2021

7/05/2021

9/06/2021

Trimester 2

30/07/2021

13/08/2021

10/09/2021

6/10/2021

Trimester 3

26/11/2021

10/12/2021

7/01/2022

9/02/2022

Study period

Administrative census (add units deadline)

Census

Withdraw online without academic penalty (WD) with fee liability

Withdraw online with academic penalty (WN-Fail) with fee liability

Trimester 1

26/03/2021

9/04/2021

7/05/2021

9/06/2021

Trimester 2

30/07/2021

13/08/2021

10/09/2021

6/10/2021

Trimester 3

26/11/2021

10/12/2021

7/01/2022

9/02/2022

VU online Study period

Administrative census (add units deadline)

Census

Withdraw online without academic penalty (WD) with fee liability

Withdraw online with academic penalty (WN-Fail) with fee liability

Study Period 1

13/01/2021

22/01/2021

5/02/2021

26/02/2021

Study Period 2

10/03/2021

19/03/2021

2/04/2021

30/04/2021

Study Period 3

12/05/2021

21/05/2021

4/06/2021

25/06/2021

Study Period 4

7/07/2021

16/07/2021

30/07/2021

20/08/2021

Study Period 5

1/09/2021

10/09/2021

24/09/2021

15/10/2021

Study Period 6

27/10/2021

5/11/2021

19/11/2021

10/12/2021

 

Study period

Administrative census (add units deadline)

Census

Withdraw online without academic penalty (WD) with fee liability

Withdraw online with academic penalty (WN-Fail) with fee liability

Trimester 1

19/02/2021

12/03/2021

9/05/2021

19/05/2021

Trimester 2

18/06/2021

9/07/2021

6/08/2021

8/09/2021

Trimester 3

8/10/2021

29/10/2021

26/11/2021

12/01/2022

 

2020 Higher Education (HE) enrolment deadlines

Study period Administrative census
(add units deadline)
Census Withdraw without academic penalty (WD)

 

Withdraw with academic penalty (WN-Fail)
Summer term 2019 15/11/2019 10/01/2020 17/01/2020 29/01/2020
Semester 1 28/02/2020 20/03/2020 17/04/2020 20/05/2020
Winter term 12/06/2020 19/06/2020 3/07/2020 15/07/2020
Semester 2 31/07/2020 21/08/2020 18/09/2020 21/10/2020
Summer term 13/11/2020 15/01/2021 22/01/2021 27/01/2021

 

Study period Administrative census
(add units deadline)
Census Withdraw without academic penalty (WD) Withdraw with academic penalty (WN-Fail)
Summer Block 1 15/01/2020 20/01/2020 27/01/2020 5/02/2020
Semester 1 – Block 1 26/02/2020 2/03/2020 9/03/2020 18/03/2020
Semester 1 – Block 2 1/04/2020 6/04/2020 17/04/2020 29/04/2020
Semester 1 – Block 3 6/05/2020 11/05/2020 18/05/2020 27/05/2020
Semester 1 – Block 4 3/06/2020 10/06/2020 15/06/2020 24/06/2020
Winter Block 1/07/2020 6/07/2020 13/07/2020 22/07/2020
Semester 2 – Block 1 29/07/2020 3/08/2020 10/08/2020 19/08/2020
Semester 2 – Block 2 26/08/2020 31/08/2020 7/09/2020 16/09/2020
Semester 2 – Block 3 23/09/2020 28/09/2020 5/10/2020 21/10/2020
Semester 2 – Block 4 28/10/2020 2/11/2020 9/11/2020 18/11/2020
Summer Block 2 25/11/2020 30/11/2020 7/12/2020 16/12/2020

 

Study period Administrative census
(add units deadline)
Census Withdraw without academic penalty (WD)

 

Withdraw with academic penalty (WN-Fail)
Trimester 1 – Melbourne 13/03/2020 3/04/2020 1/05/2020 3/06/2020
Trimester 2 – Melbourne 24/07/2020 14/08/2020 11/09/2020 7/10/2020
Trimester 3 – Melbourne 13/11/2020 4/12/2020 1/01/2021 10/02/2021

 

Study period Administrative census
(add units deadline)
Census Withdraw without academic penalty (WD) Withdraw with academic penalty (WN-Fail)
Trimester 1 – Sydney 3/4/2020 17/4/2020 15/5/2020 10/6/2020
Trimester 2 – Sydney 31/7/2020 14/8/2020 11/9/2020 7/10/2020
Trimester 3 – Sydney 27/11/2020 11/12/2020 8/1/2021 10/2/2021

 

Study period Administrative census
(add units deadline)
Census Withdraw without academic penalty (WD) Withdraw with academic penalty (WN-Fail)
VU Online – Study Period 1 15/01/2020 24/01/2020 07/02/2020 28/02/2020
VU Online – Study Period 2 11/03/2020 20/03/2020 03/04/2020 01/05/2020
VU Online – Study Period 3 13/05/2020 22/05/2020 22/05/2020 05/06/2020
VU Online – Study Period 4 8/07/2020 17/07/2020 17/07/2020 31/07/2020
VU Online – Study Period 5 2/09/2020 11/09/2020 11/09/2020 25/09/2020
VU Online – Study Period 6 28/10/2020 6/11/2020 6/11/2020 20/11/2020

 

VET/TAFE important enrolment deadlines

VET study period Start date End date Census
All year 25/01/2021 31/12/2021 18/06/2021
Mid-year (all year) 01/07/2021 24/06/2022 26/11/2021
Semester 1 01/02/2021 25/06/2021 02/04/2021
Semester 2 12/07/2021 26/11/2021 30/09/2021
Term 1 28/01/2021 01/04/2021 26/02/2021
Term 2 19/04/2021 25/06/2021 21/05/2021
Term 3 12/07/2021 17/09/2021 13/08/2021
Term 4 04/10/2021 17/12/2021 10/11/2021

VET study period Start date End date Census
All year 04/01/2021 17/12/2021 18/06/2021
Mid-year (all year) 01/07/2021 30/06/2022 26/11/2021
Semester 1 01/02/2021 25/06/2021 02/04/2021
Semester 2 12/07/2021 26/11/2021 30/09/2021
Term 1 28/01/2021 01/04/2021 26/02/2021
Term 2 19/04/2021 25/06/2021 21/05/2021
Term 3 12/07/2021 17/09/2021 13/08/2021
Term 4 04/10/2021 17/12/2021 10/11/2021
January 04/01/2021 31/01/2021 29/01/2021
February 01/02/2021 28/02/2021 26/02/2021
March 01/03/2021 31/03/2021 31/03/2021
April 01/04/2021 30/04/2021 30/04/2021
May 01/05/2021 31/05/2021 31/05/2021
June 01/06/2021 30/06/2021 30/06/2021
July 01/07/2021 31/07/2021 30/07/2021
August 01/08/2021 31/08/2021 31/08/2021
September 01/09/2021 30/09/2021 30/09/2021
October 01/10/2021 31/10/2021 29/10/2021
November 01/11/2021 30/11/2021 30/11/2021
December 01/12/2021 17/12/2021 17/12/2021
Winter 21/06/2021 09/07/2021 30/06/2021

VET study period Census
Semester 1 3/04/2020
Semester 2 4/09/2020
Term 1 26/02/2020
Term 2 22/05/2020
Term 3 15/08/2020
Term 4 11/11/2020
All year 19/06/2020
January 31/01/2020
February 29/02/2020
March 31/03/2020
April 30/04/2020
May 31/05/2020
June 30/06/2020
July 31/07/2020
August 31/08/2020
September 30/09/2020
October 31/10/2020
November 30/11/2020
December 20/12/2020
Mid-year (all year) 27/11/2020