Census dates

In light of the current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are working to update the 2020 academic calendar and we are publishing revised dates below as they become available. Please stay informed with our regularly updated COVID-19 FAQs online.

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 2, 2020, the census date is Monday 31 August 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 Tuesday 1 September 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


Study period Start dateCensus Last withdrawal without fail End date
Summer 2 06/01/2020 18/01/2020 01/02/2020 14/02/2020
Summer 3 03/02/2020 06/02/2020 10/02/2020 14/02/2020
Semester 1 02/03/2020 15/04/2020 29/04/2020 05/06/2020
All Year 02/03/2020 19/05/2020 05/08/2020 23/10/2020
Term 318/05/202027/05/202013/06/202026/06/2020
Winter Semester 22/06/202002/07/202006/07/2020 10/07/2020
Semester 220/07/2020 31/08/2020 23/09/2020 16/10/2020
Term 420/07/202029/07/202015/08/202028/08/2020
Term 507/09/202021/09/202003/10/202016/10/2020
Summer 02/11/2020 03/12/2020 07/01/2021 12/02/2021
Term 602/11/202016/11/202028/11/2020 11/12/2020
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.

Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Online Study Period 106/01/202021/01/202007/02/202023/02/2020
Online Study Period 202/03/202015/04/202015/04/202019/04/2020
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 1/402/03/202015/04/202017/04/202010/05/2020
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

Study periodStart dateCensusLast withdrawal without failEnd date
Study Period 102/03/202015/04/202029/04/202005/06/2020
Study Period 220/07/202031/08/202024/09/202016/10/2020
Study Period 302/11/202003/12/202007/01/202112/02/2021

Teaching sessions

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


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:

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.

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:


Study period

Start date


Last Withdrawal without fail

End date

Term 1





Term 2





Term 3





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