Academic calendar

The academic calendar includes important study dates such as census dates, semester start and end dates, examination periods and graduation ceremonies.

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2016 calendar

Higher Education (HE) study dates & breaks

Study dates

  • Summer option (2015/2016): 9 November 2015 to 29 January 2016
  • Semester 1: 29 February to 27 May 2016
  • Semester 1 exam period: 6 June to 24 June 2016
  • Semester 2: 25 July to 21 October 2016
  • Semester 2 exam period: 2 November to 18 November 2016
  • Trimester 1: 29 March to 22 July 2016
  • Trimester 2: 25 July to 18 November 2016
  • Trimester 3: 21 November 2016 to 24 March 2017
  • Winter option: 6 June to 15 July 2016

Semester breaks

  • Semester 1 mid-semester break: 25 March to 3 April 2016
  • Mid-year break: 25 June to 24 July 2016
  • Semester 2 mid-semester break: 26 September to 30 September 2016

Note: All break dates are provisional and subject to local confirmation. You should check your specific course dates with your College.

TAFE course & term dates

TAFE course delivery and term dates vary significantly between areas. Refer to your TAFE course timetable (provided by the course coordinator after enrolment).

Census dates

Read more about the census dates and how the census date impacts on fees.

Administrative census (for timely amendments)

Friday of week 3 of semester (1 and 2 only) is commonly known as administrative census date for timely amendments (last day to add units). Students who enrolled online will be able to add units until 11:59pm (23:59) on Friday.

After this time, the system will close for additions. A unit of study amendment form will need to be completed if you require an amendment to your enrolment, and must be approved by your Course Coordinator.

You will still be able to withdraw from your units or course until census. Any withdrawal made after the census date will attract a fail result and financial penalties.

Exams & results

  • Summer school exams: 8 February to 12 February 2016
  • SWOTVAC semester 1: 30 May to 3 June 2016
  • Semester 1 examinations: 6 June to 24 June 2016
  • Supplementary & special exams: 11 July to 15 July 2016
  • Winter school exams: 18 July to 22 July 2016
  • SWOTVAC semester 2: 24 October to 28 October 2016
  • Semester 2 examinations: 2 November to 18 November 2016
  • Supplementary & special exams: 5 December to 9 December 2016

Find out when you can view your results online.

Graduations

We hold graduation ceremonies throughout the year in Melbourne and overseas.

Note: Dates are subject to change and will be confirmed 6 weeks prior to the ceremonies.

  • Overseas (offshore) ceremony – Kuala Lumpur: 3 April 2016
  • Melbourne ceremonies: 23-27 May 2016
  • Melbourne ceremonies: 12-16 December 2016

Public & University holidays

  • New Year's Day: 1 January 2016
  • Australia Day: 26 January 2016
  • Labour Day: 14 March 2016 (classes still conducted)
  • Easter break: 25 March to 29 March 2016
  • ANZAC Day holiday: 25 April 2016
  • Queen's Birthday: 13 June 2016
  • Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final holiday: 30 September 2016
  • Melbourne Cup Day: 1 November 2016
  • University closed from 25 December 2016 and re-opens Tuesday 3 January 2017
    • Christmas Day holiday: 26 December 2016 (in lieu of 25 December) 
    • Boxing Day holiday: 27 December 2016 (in lieu of 26 December).