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Teaching periods

Teaching periods

Withdrawal without financial and academic penalty dates 2016

You should be aware of the census or reporting dates when enrolling in a unit, as these indicate when you can withdraw from a unit without incurring a penalty (either financial or academic) for that teaching period.

It is imperative to make note of penalty dates applicable to your course.

Census dates

The Census Date is the date on which your enrolment is deemed to be finalised. After the Census Date you will be charged for your course and start accumulating a HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP debt, and your Student Learning Entitlement is consumed. You must make any up-front payments and submit any request(s) for Commonwealth assistance by the census date.

To withdraw from a unit(s) without incurring the cost for that unit(s), you must do so by this date (contact Student Central for more information).

Academic penalty dates

The Academic Penalty Date is the date on which your academic participation in a unit(s) is confirmed.

To withdraw from a unit(s) without incurring a fail for the unit(s), with a grade of WF (withdrawn fail), you must do so by this date (contact Student Central for more information). This applies to all courses except VET, honours, research masters or doctoral thesis units.

Pattern Teaching Period
(refer to your enrolment pattern)
Code Earliest start* Latest finish** Financial penalty date
(Census date***)
Academic penalty date****
1 Summer Session 160 1 December 2015 29 February 2016 15 January 2016 22 January 2016
Semester One 161 1 February 30 June 31 March 2 May
Winter 16W 1 June 31 July 15 July 16 July
Semester Two 162 1 July 31 December 31 August 2 October
2 Trimester One 16TR1 1 January 30 April 15 February 13 March
Trimester Two 16TR2 1 May 31 August 15 June 10 July
Trimester Three 16TR3 1 September 31 December 15 October 13 November
3 Term One 16TE1 1 January 31 March 31 January 27 February
Term Two 16TE2 1 April 30 June 30 April 29 May
Term Three 16TE3 1 July 30 September 31 July 31 August
Term Four 16TE4 1 October 31 December 31 October 27 November
4 Full Year 16F 1 February 31 December 31 May 31 July
VET Full Year 16VF 1 January 31 December 31 May 1 August
5 Practicum One 16PR1 1 March 30 April 22 March 22 March
Practicum Two 16PR2 1 April 30 July 30 May 6 June
Practicum Three 16PR3 1 June 31 July 13 June 20 June
Practicum Four 16PR4 22 June 30 November 7 September 9 September
Practicum Five 16PR5 27 July 20 November 12 August 19 August
Practicum Six 16PR6 1 October 31 December 17 October 24 October
Practicum Seven 16PR7 1 February 15 August 31 March 1 May
Practicum Eight 16PR8 1 July 2016 1 March 2017 15 September 2016 1 October 2016
6 Split Full 16SY 1 July 2016 30 June 2017 30 September 2016 28 February 2017
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