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, 2018, the census date is Saturday, 31 March 2018. 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 Sunday, 1 April 2018 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

Study Period Start date Census date Last Withdrawal without Fail date End date
Summer 130/10/20172/12/20176/01/20189/02/2018
Summer 202/01/201814/01/201827/01/201809/02/2018
Summer 329/01/201801/02/201805/02/201809/02/2018
Semester 105/03/201831/03/201802/05/201801/06/2018
All Year05/03/201822/05/201808/08/201826/10/2018
Winter Semester02/07/201805/07/201809/07/201813/07/2018
Semester 230/07/201831/08/201826/09/201826/10/2018
Summer 105/11/201808/12/201812/01/201915/02/2019

Online study periods

Study PeriodStart dateCensus dateLast Withdrawal without Fail dateEnd date
Online Study Period 108/01/201823/01/201809/02/201825/02/2018
Online Study Period 205/03/201820/03/201806/04/201822/04/2018
Online Study Period 330/04/201815/05/201801/06/201817/06/2018
Online Study Period 409/07/201824/07/201810/08/201826/08/2018
Online Study Period 503/09/201818/09/201805/10/201821/10/2018
Online Study Period 629/10/201813/11/201830/11/201816/12/2018
Online Study 1/405/03/201827/03/201820/04/201813/05/2018
Online Study 2/428/05/201819/06/201813/07/201805/08/2018
Online Study 3/420/08/201811/09/201805/10/201828/10/2018
Online Study 4/412/11/201814/12/201815/01/201917/02/2019
Study Block 108/01/201804/02/201804/03/201801/04/2018
Study Block 205/02/201804/03/201801/04/201829/04/2018
Study Block 305/03/201801/04/201829/04/201827/05/2018
Study Block 409/04/201806/05/201803/06/201801/07/2018
Study Block 507/05/201803/06/201801/07/201829/07/2018
Study Block 604/06/201801/07/201829/07/201826/08/2018
Study Block 709/07/201805/08/201802/09/201830/09/2018
Study Block 806/08/201802/09/201830/09/201828/10/2018
Study Block 903/09/201830/09/201828/10/201825/11/2018
Study Block 1008/10/201804/11/201802/12/201830/12/2018
Study Block 1105/11/201802/12/201830/12/201827/01/2019
Study Block 1203/12/201830/12/201827/01/201924/02/2019
Teaching Session 108/01/201821/01/201804/02/201818/02/2018
Teaching Session 226/02/201811/03/201825/03/201808/04/2018
Teaching Session 316/04/201829/04/201813/05/201827/05/2018
Teaching Session 404/06/201817/06/201801/07/201815/07/2018
Teaching Session 523/07/201805/08/201819/08/201802/09/2018
Teaching Session 610/09/201823/09/201807/10/201821/10/2018
Teaching Session 729/10/201811/11/201825/11/201809/12/2018
Teaching Session 808/01/201806/02/201809/03/201808/04/2018
Teaching Session 926/02/201827/03/201827/04/201827/05/2018
Teaching Session 1016/04/201815/05/201815/06/201815/07/2018
Teaching Session 1104/06/201803/07/201803/08/201802/09/2018
Teaching Session 1223/07/201821/08/201821/09/201821/10/2018
Teaching Session 1310/09/201809/10/201809/11/201809/12/2018
Teaching Session 1429/10/201804/12/201811/01/201917/02/2019

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.

Sydney campus study periods

Study period Start date Census date Last withdraw without Fail date End date
Study Period 105/03/201803/04/201802/05/201801/06/2018
Study Period 230/07/201826/08/201822/09/201819/10/2018
Study Period 312/11/201809/12/201809/01/201908/02/2019


Amy is enrolled in a Semester 1 subject in 2018, which has a census date of 31 March. If Amy withdraws from the subject on or before 31 March 2018, she will not have to pay for the subject.

If Amy withdraws from the subject on or before 2 May 2018, she will still have to pay for the subject but won't be given an academic penalty. If Amy withdraws from the subject after 2 May, 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 08-21201819/02/201823/03/201824/04/201827/05/2018
Week 10-29201805/03/201820/04/201805/06/201822/07/2018
Week 22-35201828/05/201829/06/201831/07/201802/09/2018
Week 35-47201827/08/201825/09/201826/10/201825/11/2018

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.

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 L1201808/01/201821/01/201804/02/201818/02/2018
Term L2201812/03/201823/03/201803/04/201815/04/2018
Term L3201807/05/201818/05/201829/05/201810/06/2018
Term L4201802/07/201813/07/201824/07/201805/08/2018
Term L5201803/09/201814/09/201825/09/201807/10/2018
Term L6201829/10/201809/11/201820/11/201802/12/2018