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The discontinued unit will appear on the academic transcript with a WD (Withdrawn) grade.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  • a WN (Withdrawn-Fail) grade will be recorded on your academic transcript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.

Higher Education (HE) important 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)

Semester 3 (Summer 2018–19)

23/11/2018

16/01/2019

23/01/2019

6/02/2019

Semester 1

1/03/2019

22/03/2019

19/04/2019

22/05/2019

Semester 4 (Winter)

7/06/2019

14/06/2019

28/06/2019

10/07/2019

Semester 2

26/07/2019

16/08/2019

13/09/2019

16/10/2019

 

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 25/03/2020 30/03/2020 6/04/2020 22/04/2020
Semester 1 – Block 3 6/05/2020 11/05/2020 18/05/2020 27/05/2020
Semester 1 – Block 4 3/06/2020 8/06/2020 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)

Summer Block 1 (Jan-Feb 2019)

16/01/2019

21/01/2019

28/01/2019

6/02/2019

Semester 1 – Block 1

27/02/2019

4/03/2019

11/03/2019

20/03/2019

Semester 1 – Block 2

27/03/2019

1/04/2019

8/04/2019

17/04/2019

Semester 1 – Block 3

1/05/2019

6/05/2019

13/05/2019

22/05/2019

Semester 1 – Block 4

29/05/2019

3/06/2019

10/06/2019

19/06/2019

Winter Block

26/06/2019

1/07/2019

8/07/2019

17/07/2019

Semester 2 – Block 1

24/07/2019

29/07/2019

5/08/2019

14/08/2019

Semester 2 – Block 2

21/08/2019

26/08/2019

2/09/2019

11/09/2019

Semester 2 – Block 3

2/10/2019

7/10/2019

14/10/2019

23/10/2019

Semester 2 – Block 4

30/10/2019

4/11/2019

11/11/2019

20/11/2019

Summer Block 2 (Nov – Dec 2019)

27/11/2019

2/12/2019

9/12/2019

18/12/2019

 

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 – Melbourne

8/03/2019

29/03/2019

26/04/2019

29/05/2019

Trimester 2 – Melbourne

19/07/2019

9/08/2019

6/09/2019

2/10/2019

Trimester 3 – Melbourne

8/11/2019

29/11/2019

27/12/2019

22/01/2020

Study period Administrative census
(add units deadline)
Census Withdraw without academic penalty (WD) Withdraw with academic penalty (WN-Fail)
Trimester 1 – Sydney 27/03/2020 17/04/2020 15/05/2020 10/06/2020
Trimester 2 – Sydney 24/07/2020 14/08/2020 11/09/2020 7/10/2020
Trimester 3 – Sydney 20/11/2020 11/12/2020 8/01/2021 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

5/04/2019

19/04/2019

17/05/2019

12/06/2019

Trimester 2 – Sydney

26/07/2019

16/08/2019

13/09/2019

9/10/2019

Trimester 3 – Sydney

22/11/2019

13/12/2019

10/01/2020

12/02/2020

 

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 24/01/2020 28/02/2020
VU Online – Study Period 2 11/03/2020 20/03/2020 20/03/2020 01/05/2020
VU Online – Study Period 3 13/05/2020 22/05/2020 22/05/2020 26/06/2020
VU Online – Study Period 4 8/07/2020 17/07/2020 17/07/2020 21/08/2020
VU Online – Study Period 5 2/09/2020 11/09/2020 11/09/2020 16/10/2020
VU Online – Study Period 6 28/10/2020 6/11/2020 6/11/2020 11/12/2020

 

Study period Administrative census
(add units deadline)
Census Withdraw without academic penalty (WD) Withdraw with academic penalty (WN-Fail)

VU Online – Study Period 1

16/01/2019

25/01/2019

8/02/2019

1/03/2019

VU Online – Study Period 2

13/03/2019

22/03/2019

5/04/2019

3/05/2019

VU Online – Study Period 3

15/05/2019

24/05/2019

7/06/2019

28/06/2019

VU Online – Study Period 4

10/07/2019

19/07/2019

2/08/2019

18/10/2019

VU Online – Study Period 5

4/09/2019

13/09/2019

27/09/2019

18/10/2019

VU Online – Study Period 6

30/10/2019

8/11/2019

22/11/2019

13/12/2019

 

VET/TAFE important enrolment deadlines

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

VET study period Census

Semester 1

5/04/2019

Semester 2

6/09/2019

Term 2

24/05/2019

Term 4

25/10/2019

Term 6

13/12/2019

January

15/02/2019

February

15/03/2019

March

12/04/2019

April

10/05/2019

May

14/06/2019

June

12/07/2019

July

16/08/2019

August

13/09/2019

September

11/10/2019

October

15/11/2019

November

13/12/2019

December

24/01/2020

All year

21/06/2019

Mid-year (all year)

11/10/2019