Census dates

Each subject of study offered at the University will have a census date. The census date is the last date you can withdraw from a subject without being financially liable i.e. having to pay for the subject.

For example, for Semester 1, 2017, the census date is Tuesday, 28 March 2017. This is the last day on which a student may withdraw from a subject without financial penalty. Any subject in which a student is enrolled on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 will be included in their fee assessment.

The Last Withdraw without Fail Date is the last date you can withdraw from a subject without receiving a KN Grade 'Fail'.  You will still have to pay for this subject.

Standard teaching periods

2017
Study Period Start date Census date Last Withdrawal without Fail date End date
Summer 2 2/01/2017 14/01/2017 28/01/2017 10/02/2017
Summer 3 30/01/2017 2/02/2017 6/02/2017 10/02/2017
Semester 127/02/201728/03/201726/04/201726/05/2017
All Year 27/02/2017 16/05/2017 2/08/2017 20/10/2017
Winter Semester 26/06/2017 29/06/2017 3/07/2017 7/07/2017
Semester 224/07/201722/08/201720/09/201720/10/2017
Summer 1 30/10/2017 2/12/2017 6/01/2018 9/02/2018

Online study periods

2017
Study Period Start date Census date Last Withdrawal without Fail date End date
Online Study Period 1 2/01/2017 17/01/2017 3/02/2017 19/02/2017
Online Study Period 2 27/02/2017 14/03/2017 31/03/2017 16/04/2017
Online Study Period 3 24/04/2017 9/05/2017 26/05/2017 11/06/2017
Online Study Period 4 3/07/2017 18/07/2017 4/08/2017 20/08/2017
Online Study Period 5 28/08/2017 12/09/2017 29/09/2017 15/10/2017
Online Study Period 6 23/10/2017 7/11/2017 24/11/2017 10/12/2017
Online Study 1/4 27/02/2017 21/03/2017 14/04/2017 7/05/2017
Online Study 2/4 22/05/2017 13/06/2017 7/07/2017 30/07/2017
Online Study 3/4 14/08/2017 5/09/2017 29/09/2017 22/10/2017
Online Study 4/4 6/11/2017 8/12/2017 9/01/2018 11/02/2018
Study Block 36/03/20172/04/201730/04/201728/05/2017
Study Block 43/04/201730/04/201728/05/201725/06/2017
Study Block 51/05/201728/05/201725/06/201723/07/2017
Study Block 65/06/20172/07/201730/07/201727/08/2017
Study Block 73/07/201730/07/201727/08/201724/09/2017
Study Block 87/08/20173/09/20171/10/201729/10/2017
Study Block 94/09/20171/10/201729/10/201726/11/2017
Study Block 102/10/201729/10/201726/11/201724/12/2017
Study Block 116/11/20173/12/201731/12/201728/01/2018
Study Block 124/12/201731/12/201728/01/201825/02/2018

Sydney campus study periods

2016
Study periodStart dateCensus dateLast withdraw without Fail dateEnd date
Study Period 129/02/1629/03/1627/04/1627/05/16
Study Period 225/07/1623/08/1621/09/1614/10/16
Study Period 37/11/163/12/167/01/173/02/17
2017
Study periodStart dateCensus dateLast withdraw without Fail dateEnd date
Study Period 127/02/201728/03/201726/04/201726/05/2017
Study Period 224/07/201720/08/201716/09/201713/10/2017
Study Period 36/11/20173/12/20173/01/20182/02/2018

Teaching sessions

2016
Teaching Period Start date Census date Last Withdrawal without Fail date End date
Teaching Session 14 31/10/16 6/12/16 13/01/17 19/02/17
2017
Teaching Period Start date Census date Last Withdrawal without Fail date End date
Teaching Session 1 9/01/2017 22/01/2017 5/02/2017 19/02/2017
Teaching Session 2 27/02/2017 12/03/2017 26/03/2017 9/04/2017
Teaching Session 3 17/04/2017 30/04/2017 14/05/2017 28/05/2017
Teaching Session 4 5/06/2017 18/06/2017 2/07/2017 16/07/2017
Teaching Session 5 24/07/2017 6/08/2017 20/08/2017 3/09/2017
Teaching Session 6 11/09/2017 24/09/2017 8/10/2017 22/10/2017
Teaching Session 7 30/10/2017 12/11/2017 26/11/2017 10/12/2017
Teaching Session 8 9/01/2017 7/02/2017 10/03/2017 9/04/2017
Teaching Session 9 27/02/2017 28/03/2017 28/04/2017 28/05/2017
Teaching Session 10 17/04/2017 16/05/2017 16/06/2017 16/07/2017
Teaching Session 11 5/06/2017 4/07/2017 4/08/2017 3/09/2017
Teaching Session 12 24/07/2017 22/08/2017 22/09/2017 22/10/2017
Teaching Session 13 11/09/2017 10/10/2017 10/11/2017 10/12/2017
Teaching Session 14 30/10/2017 5/12/2017 12/01/2018 18/02/2018

Example

Amy is enrolled in a Semester 1 subject in 2017, which has a census date of 28 March. If Amy withdraws from the subject on or before 28 March 2017, she will not have to pay for the subject.

If Amy withdraws from the subject on or before 26 April 2017, she will still have to pay for the subject but won't be given an academic penalty. If Amy withdraws from the subject after 26 April, she will receive a KN Grade (Fail) for the subject and also have to pay for the subject.

Non-standard teaching periods census date and last withdrawal without fail date calculator

Non standard teaching periods have their own census date and last withdrawal without fail dates.  The table below shows some examples of the non-standard teaching periods:

Teaching period Academic year Start date Census Last withdrawal without fail End date
Week 08-21201713/02/201717/03/201718/04/201721/05/2017
Week 22-35201722/05/201723/06/201725/07/201727/08/2017
Week 35-47201721/08/201719/09/201720/10/201719/11/2017

Teaching Period Calculator

Type in the Teaching Period to calculate dates (e.g. Week 02-07)

Open Universities Australia (OUA)

If you're studying a La Trobe course though OUA, please refer to the teaching periods and census dates on the OUA website.

Research Teaching Periods

Study Load for students enrolled in the research component of a PhD, professional doctorate or Master's by research degree is calculated daily using a time-based mode.  Graduate research candidates consume load daily, and it keeps adding up through the period they are enrolled in the research component of their degree. Thus research subjects have a moving census date, rather than a fixed census date. The census date for a research subject will always fall within the 24-hour period prior to the date of completion or withdrawal.

For government reporting purposes the University divides the year into two Research Teaching Periods as indicated in the table below. Research study load in each Research Teaching Period is calculated based on their actual days of enrolment.

Graduate research candidates enrolled in coursework subjects will need to observe the census dates which apply to these subjects.

PeriodDate
Research 11 January - 30 June
Research 21 July - 31 December

PSB Academy Teaching Periods (Singapore)

If you're studying a La Trobe Course through PSB Academy, Singapore, the table below shows the teaching periods:

Teaching PeriodAcademic YearStart DateCensusLast Withdrawal without FailEnd Date
Term L120179/01/201722/01/20175/02/201719/02/2017
Term L2201713/03/201724/03/20174/04/201716/04/2017
Term L320178/05/201719/05/201730/05/201711/06/2017
Term L420173/07/201714/07/201725/07/20176/08/2017
Term L520174/09/201715/09/201726/09/20178/10/2017
Term L6201730/10/201710/11/201721/11/20173/12/2017