Census dates

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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, 2021, the census date is Wednesday 31 March 2021. 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 Thursday 1 April 2021 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

2021

Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
LTU Term 104/01/202118/01/202130/01/202112/02/2021
Semester 101/03/202131/03/202128/04/202128/05/2021
LTU Term 201/03/202118/03/202131/03/202116/04/2021
LTU Term 326/04/202115/05/202122/05/202104/06/2021
Winter Semester14/06/202124/06/202130/06/202109/07/2021
Semester 219/07/202131/08/202115/09/202115/10/2021
LTU Term 419/07/202103/08/202114/08/202127/08/2021
LTU Term 506/09/202121/09/202102/10/202115/10/2021
Summer08/11/202114/12/202110/01/202211/02/2022
LTU Term 608/11/202123/11/202104/12/202117/12/2021

2020

Study period Start dateCensus Last withdrawal without fail End date
Summer 02/11/2020 03/12/2020 07/01/2021 12/02/2021
Term 602/11/202016/11/202028/11/202011/12/2020
Summer 6 07/12/2020 21/12/2020 11/01/2021 29/01/2021
Summer 8 07/12/2020 21/12/2020 20/01/2021 12/02/2021

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.

2020
Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Study Block 1102/11/202029/11/202027/12/202024/01/2021
Study Block 1207/12/202029/12/202031/01/202128/02/2021
2021
Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Online Study Period 104/01/202131/01/202105/02/202121/02/2021
Online Study Period 201/03/202118/03/202102/04/202118/04/2021
Online Study Period 326/04/202115/05/202128/05/202113/06/2021
Online Study Period 405/07/202124/07/202106/08/202122/08/2021
Online Study Period 530/08/202121/09/202101/10/202117/10/2021
Online Study Period 625/10/202113/11/202126/11/202112/12/2021
Online Study 1/401/03/202108/04/202116/04/202109/05/2021
Online Study 2/424/05/202117/06/202109/07/202101/08/2021
Online Study 3/416/08/202111/09/202101/10/202124/10/2021
Online Study 4/408/11/202114/12/202111/01/202213/02/2022
Study Block 104/01/202131/01/202128/02/202128/03/2021
Study Block 201/02/202128/02/202128/03/202125/04/2021
Study Block 301/03/202128/03/202125/04/202123/05/2021
Study Block 406/04/202102/05/202130/05/202127/06/2021
Study Block 503/05/202130/05/202127/06/202125/07/2021
Study Block 607/06/202104/07/202101/08/202129/08/2021
Study Block 705/07/202101/08/202129/08/202126/09/2021
Study Block 802/08/202129/08/202126/09/202124/10/2021
Study Block 906/09/202103/10/202131/10/202128/11/2021
Study Block 1004/10/202131/10/202128/11/202126/12/2021
Study Block 1101/11/202128/11/202126/12/202123/01/2022
Study Block 1206/12/202129/12/202130/01/202227/02/2022

Study periods

2020
Study period Start dateCensus Last withdrawal without fail End date
Study Period 3 02/11/2020 08/12/2020 07/01/2021 12/02/2021
2021
Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Study Period 101/03/202131/03/202128/04/202128/05/2021
Study Period 226/07/202123/08/202118/09/202115/10/2021
Study Period 308/11/202107/12/202105/01/202204/02/2022

Teaching sessions

2020
Study period Start dateCensus Last withdrawal without fail End date
Teaching Session 14 26/10/2020 01/12/2020 08/01/2021 14/02/2021
2021
Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Teaching Session 104/01/202118/01/202131/01/202114/02/2021
Teaching Session 222/02/202113/03/202121/03/202104/04/2021
Teaching Session 312/04/202106/05/202109/05/202123/05/2021
Teaching Session 431/05/202115/06/202127/06/202111/07/2021
Teaching Session 519/07/202103/08/202115/08/202129/08/2021
Teaching Session 606/09/202125/09/202103/10/202117/10/2021
Teaching Session 725/10/202113/11/202121/11/202105/12/2021
Teaching Session 804/01/202109/02/202105/03/202104/04/2021
Teaching Session 922/02/202103/04/202123/04/202123/05/2021
Teaching Session 1012/04/202113/05/202111/06/202111/07/2021
Teaching Session 1131/05/202101/07/202130/07/202129/08/2021
Teaching Session 1219/07/202124/08/202117/09/202117/10/2021
Teaching Session 1306/09/202112/10/202105/11/202105/12/2021
Teaching Session 1425/10/202104/12/202107/01/202213/02/2022

Example

Amy is enrolled in a Semester 1 subject in 2021, which has a census date of 31 March. If Amy withdraws from the subject on or before 31 March 2021, she will not have to pay for the subject.

If Amy withdraws from the subject on or before 28 April 2021, she will still have to pay for the subject but won't be given an academic penalty. If Amy withdraws from the subject after 28 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:

Study period Academic year Start dateCensus Last withdrawal without fail End date
Week 06-26 2021 01/02/2021 27/03/2021 09/05/2021 27/06/2021
Week 08-23 2021 15/02/2021 30/03/2021 30/04/2021 06/06/2021
Week 29-43 2021 12/07/2021 19/08/2021 19/09/2021 24/10/2021

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:

2021
Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Term 118/01/202114/02/202114/03/202111/04/2021
Term 217/05/202111/06/202106/07/202101/08/2021
Term 306/09/202101/10/202126/10/202121/11/2021
Term L118/01/202131/01/202114/02/202128/02/2021