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, 2020, the census date is Tuesday 31 March 2020. 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 1 April 2020 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.

Census dates for standard teaching periods

2019

Study periodStart dateCensus dateLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Summer 105/11/201808/12/201812/01/201915/02/2019
Summer 207/01/201919/01/201902/02/201915/02/2019
Summer 304/02/201907/02/201911/02/201915/02/2019
Semester 104/03/201931/03/201901/05/201931/05/2019
All Year04/03/201921/05/201907/08/201925/10/2019
Winter Semester01/07/201904/07/201908/07/201912/07/2019
Semester 229/07/201931/08/201925/09/201925/10/2019
Summer 104/11/201907/12/201911/01/202014/02/2020

2020

Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Summer 206/01/202018/01/202001/02/202014/02/2020
Summer 303/02/202006/02/202010/02/202014/02/2020
Semester 102/03/202031/03/202029/04/202029/05/2020
All Year02/03/202019/05/202005/08/202023/10/2020
Winter Semester29/06/202002/07/202006/07/202010/07/2020
Semester 227/07/202031/08/202023/09/202023/10/2020
Summer 102/11/202005/12/202009/01/202112/02/2021

Online study periods

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.

2019
Study period Start dateCensus Last withdrawal without fail End date
Online Study Period 1 07/01/2019 22/01/2019 08/02/2019 24/02/2019
Online Study Period 2 04/03/2019 19/03/2019 05/04/2019 21/04/2019
Online Study Period 3 29/04/2019 14/05/2019 31/05/2019 16/06/2019
Online Study Period 4 08/07/2019 23/07/2019 09/08/2019 25/08/2019
Online Study Period 5 02/09/2019 17/09/2019 04/10/2019 20/10/2019
Online Study Period 6 28/10/2019 12/11/2019 29/11/2019 15/12/2019
Online Study 1/4 04/03/2019 26/03/2019 19/04/2019 12/05/2019
Online Study 2/4 27/05/2019 18/06/2019 12/07/2019 04/08/2019
Online Study 3/4 19/08/2019 10/09/2019 04/10/2019 27/10/2019
Online Study 4/4 11/11/2019 13/12/2019 14/01/2020 16/02/2020
Study Block 1 07/01/2019 03/02/2019 03/03/2019 31/03/2019
Study Block 2 04/02/2019 03/03/2019 31/03/2019 28/04/2019
Study Block 3 04/03/2019 31/03/2019 28/04/2019 26/05/2019
Study Block 4 01/04/2019 28/04/2019 26/05/2019 23/06/2019
Study Block 5 06/05/2019 02/06/2019 30/06/2019 28/07/2019
Study Block 6 03/06/2019 30/06/2019 28/07/2019 25/08/2019
Study Block 7 01/07/2019 28/07/2019 25/08/2019 22/09/2019
Study Block 8 05/08/2019 01/09/2019 29/09/2019 27/10/2019
Study Block 9 02/09/2019 29/09/2019 27/10/2019 24/11/2019
Study Block 10 07/10/2019 03/11/2019 01/12/2019 29/12/2019
Study Block 11 04/11/2019 01/12/2019 29/12/2019 26/01/2020
Study Block 12 02/12/2019 29/12/2019 26/01/2020 23/02/2020
2020
Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Online Study Period 106/01/202021/01/202007/02/202023/02/2020
Online Study Period 202/03/202017/03/202003/04/202019/04/2020
Online Study Period 327/04/202012/05/202029/05/202014/06/2020
Online Study Period 406/07/202021/07/202007/08/202023/08/2020
Online Study Period 531/08/202015/09/202002/10/202018/10/2020
Online Study Period 626/10/202010/11/202027/11/202013/12/2020
Online Study 1/402/03/202024/03/202017/04/202010/05/2020
Online Study 2/425/05/202016/06/202010/07/202002/08/2020
Online Study 3/417/08/202008/09/202002/10/202025/10/2020
Online Study 4/409/11/202011/12/202012/01/202114/02/2021
Study Block 106/01/202002/02/202001/03/202029/03/2020
Study Block 203/02/202001/03/202029/03/202026/04/2020
Study Block 302/03/202029/03/202026/04/202024/05/2020
Study Block 406/04/202003/05/202031/05/202028/06/2020
Study Block 504/05/202031/05/202028/06/202026/07/2020
Study Block 601/06/202028/06/202026/07/202023/08/2020
Study Block 706/07/202002/08/202030/08/202027/09/2020
Study Block 803/08/202030/08/202027/09/202025/10/2020
Study Block 907/09/202004/10/202001/11/202029/11/2020
Study Block 1005/10/202001/11/202029/11/202027/12/2020
Study Block 1102/11/202029/11/202027/12/202024/01/2021
Study Block 1207/12/202029/12/202031/01/202128/02/2021

Sydney campus study periods

2019
Study period Start dateCensus Last withdrawal without fail End date
Study Period 1 04/03/2019 02/04/2019 01/05/2019 31/05/2019
Study Period 2 29/07/2019 26/08/2019 21/09/2019 18/10/2019
Study Period 3 11/11/2019 10/12/2019 08/01/2020 07/02/2020
2020
Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Study Period 102/03/202031/03/202029/04/202029/05/2020
Study Period 227/07/202022/08/202019/09/202016/10/2020
Study Period 309/11/202008/12/202006/01/202105/02/2021

Teaching sessions

2019
Study PeriodStart DateCensusLast Withdrawal without FailEnd Date
Teaching Session 107/01/201920/01/201903/02/201917/02/2019
Teaching Session 225/02/201910/03/201924/03/201907/04/2019
Teaching Session 315/04/201928/04/201912/05/201926/05/2019
Teaching Session 403/06/201916/06/201930/06/201914/07/2019
Teaching Session 522/07/201904/08/201918/08/201901/09/2019
Teaching Session 609/09/201922/09/201906/10/201920/10/2019
Teaching Session 728/10/201910/11/201924/11/201908/12/2019
Teaching Session 807/01/201905/02/201908/03/201907/04/2019
Teaching Session 925/02/201926/03/201926/04/201926/05/2019
Teaching Session 1015/04/201914/05/201914/06/201914/07/2019
Teaching Session 1103/06/201902/07/201902/08/201901/09/2019
Teaching Session 1222/07/201920/08/201920/09/201920/10/2019
Teaching Session 1309/09/201908/10/201908/11/201908/12/2019
Teaching Session 1428/10/201903/12/201910/01/202016/02/2020
2020
Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Teaching Session 106/01/202019/01/202002/02/202016/02/2020
Teaching Session 224/02/202008/03/202022/03/202005/04/2020
Teaching Session 313/04/202026/04/202010/05/202024/05/2020
Teaching Session 401/06/202014/06/202028/06/202012/07/2020
Teaching Session 520/07/202002/08/202016/08/202030/08/2020
Teaching Session 607/09/202020/09/202004/10/202018/10/2020
Teaching Session 726/10/202008/11/202022/11/202006/12/2020
Teaching Session 806/01/202004/02/202006/03/202005/04/2020
Teaching Session 924/02/202024/03/202024/04/202024/05/2020
Teaching Session 1013/04/202012/05/202012/06/202012/07/2020
Teaching Session 1101/06/202030/06/202031/07/202030/08/2020
Teaching Session 1220/07/202018/08/202018/09/202018/10/2020
Teaching Session 1307/09/202006/10/202006/11/202006/12/2020
Teaching Session 1426/10/202001/12/202008/01/202114/02/2021

Example

Amy is enrolled in a Semester 1 subject in 2020, which has a census date of 31 March. If Amy withdraws from the subject on or before 31 March 2020, she will not have to pay for the subject.

If Amy withdraws from the subject on or before 29 April 2020, she will still have to pay for the subject but won't be given an academic penalty. If Amy withdraws from the subject after 29 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:

2020
Study periodAcademic yearStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Week 08-21202017/02/202020/03/202021/04/202024/05/2020
Week 22-35202025/05/202026/06/202028/07/202030/08/2020
Week 35-47202024/08/202022/09/202023/10/202022/11/2020

Teaching Period Calculator

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

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:

2019
Study Period Start DateCensus Last Withdrawal without Fail End Date
Term L1 07/01/2019 20/01/2019 03/02/2019 17/02/2019
Term L2 11/03/2019 22/03/2019 02/04/2019 14/04/2019
Term L3 06/05/2019 17/05/2019 28/05/2019 09/06/2019
Term L4 01/07/2019 12/07/2019 23/07/2019 04/08/2019
Term L5 02/09/2019 13/09/2019 24/09/2019 06/10/2019
Term L6 28/10/2019 08/11/2019 19/11/2019 01/12/2019
2020
Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Term L106/01/202019/01/202002/02/202016/02/2020
Term L209/03/202020/03/202031/03/202012/04/2020
Term L304/05/202015/05/202026/05/202007/06/2020
Term L406/07/202017/07/202028/07/202009/08/2020
Term L507/09/202018/09/202029/09/202011/10/2020
Term L602/11/202013/11/202024/11/202006/12/2020