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Teaching periods

Withdrawal without financial and academic penalty dates 2017

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To withdraw from a unit(s) without incurring a fail for the unit(s), with a grade of WF (withdrawn fail), you must do so by this date (contact Student Central for more information).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 170 1 December 2016 28 February 2017 15 January 2017 21 January 2017
Semester One 171 1 February 30 June 31 March 1 May
Winter 17W 1 June 31 July 15 July 17 July
Semester Two 172 1 July 31 December 31 August 2 October
2 Trimester One 17TR1 1 January 30 April 15 February 13 March
Trimester Two 17TR2 1 May 31 August 15 June 10 July
Trimester Three 17TR3 1 September 31 December 15 October 13 November
3 Term One 17TE1 1 January 31 March 31 January 26 February
Term Two 17TE2 1 April 30 June 30 April 29 May
Term Three 17TE3 1 July 30 September 31 July 30 August
Term Four 17TE4 1 October 31 December 31 October 27 November
4 Full Year 17F 1 February 31 December 31 May 31 July
VET Full Year 17VF 1 January 31 December 31 May 1 August
5 Practicum One 17PR1 1 March 30 April 22 March 22 March
Practicum Two 17PR2 1 April 30 July 30 May 30 May
Practicum Three 17PR3 1 June 31 July 13 June 23 June
Practicum Four 17PR4 22 June 30 November 7 September 11 September
Practicum Five 17PR5 27 July 20 November 12 August 21 August
Practicum Six 17PR6 1 October 31 December 17 October 30 October
Practicum Seven 17PR7 1 February 15 August 31 March 1 May
Practicum Eight 17PR8 1 July 2017 1 March 2018 15 September 2017 2 October 2017
6 Split Full 17SY 1 July 2017 30 June 2018 30 September 2017 28 February 2018
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