Census dates - Section contents

Every subject offered by the University has a census date. It’s important to be aware of your subjects’ census dates and how they impact your enrolment, fees and academic record.

The census date is the last date you can withdraw from a subject, withdraw from your course, or apply for a leave of absence without remaining liable to pay for the subject, and without it appearing on your academic transcript. As the census date can vary between subjects it’s important to be aware of your subjects’ census dates.

Three ways to check your census dates

  1. my.unimelb –  displays the census date for each subject you are enrolled in
    1. Log into my.unimelb.edu.au
    2. Click on the ‘Student admin’ tab
    3. Go to ‘Enrolment'
    4. Select ‘View my current enrolled subject and census dates’
  2. Handbook - census dates are in each subject entry under 'Dates and times'
  3. Fee statements - your current Student Invoice and Statement of Liability show the census dates for your enrolled subjects with fees due.

How census dates impact enrolment changes

Enrolment changeBy the census dateAfter the census date

Withdraw from a subject that you do not wish to study

  • Subject fee is cancelled (not payable)
  • No grade recorded
  • Subject is removed from your transcript

Withdraw from your course if you do not wish to continue

  • Fees are cancelled
  • No grades recorded
  • Course will not appear on your transcript

Take leave if you need to take a break from your studies

  • Subject fees are cancelled
  • No grades recorded
  • Leave of absence noted on your transcript

Commonwealth Supported Place students

Your census date is also the last date to pay your student contribution amounts, or if eligible apply for HECS-HELP to defer your fees. Your enrolment will be cancelled if you do not pay mandatory student contributions or apply for HECS-HELP by the relevant census date.

Australian fee-paying students

If you are eligible and want to defer your fees, you must apply for FEE-HELP before the census date. If your subject’s census date has passed, you cannot defer the subject’s fee to FEE-HELP and you will need to pay the fee upfront.

Need help?

If you’re thinking of withdrawing from a subject or course, or taking leave, support is available to help you make the best decisions about your course.   

Visit the Course Planning page to learn more or contact Stop 1.