Key dates

All the important Open Universities Australia dates, including close of enrolment dates, close of application dates and census dates. You’ll also find key exam dates listed too.

Key dates are based on the university teaching your course. They include dates when enrolments close, when classes start, and when the study term ends. Some degrees include subjects from a mix of universities, so your timetable may run across different study terms and include several key dates.

Exams are usually held in the weeks following the end of each study term. Find out more in the exams key dates section below.

Please note: Semester 3 is an intensive semester. We advise students to enrol in only one or two subjects in Semester 3.

Study period dates for all universities (except Macquarie and ANU)

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end End of term
Study Period 1 18 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 19 Mar 2018 27 May 2018 1 Jun 2018
Study Period 2 20 May 2018 28 May 2018 18 Jun 2018 26 Aug 2018 31 Aug 2018
Study Period 3 19 Aug 2018 27 Aug 2018 17 Sept 2018 25 Nov 2018 30 Nov 2018
Study Period 4 18 Nov 2018 26 Nov 2018 17 Dec 2018 24 Feb 2019 1 Mar 2019

Semester dates for Macquarie

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess** End of term
Semester 1 18 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 26 Mar 2018 16 Apr - 27 Apr 2018 29 Jun 2018
Semester 2 22 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 26 Aug 2018 17 Sept - 28 Sept 2018 30 Nov 2018
Semester 3 25 Nov 2018 3 Dec 2018 17 Dec 2018 24 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019 1 Feb 2019

** Macquarie has a recess mid-way through each semester. Tutors may not be available during these times.

Semester dates for ANU

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* End of term
Semester 1 18 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 16 Jun 2018
Semester 2 15 Jul 2018 23 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 17 Nov 2018

Trimester dates for UNE

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* End of classes End of exams
Trimester 3 28 Oct 2018 5 Nov 2018 26 November 2018 25 Jan 2019 11 Feb 2019

* After the census date students can no longer withdraw from subject and receive a refund or re-credit of their fees.

Application closing dates (all universities except Macquarie)

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) degrees Restricted degrees
Study Period 1 11 Feb 2018 11 Feb 2018
Study Period 2 13 May 2018 13 May 2018
Study Period 3 12 Aug 2018 12 Aug 2018
Study Period 4 11 Nov 2018 11 Nov 2018

Application closing dates for Macquarie

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) degrees Restricted degrees
Semester 1 11 Feb 2018 11 Feb 2018
Semester 2 15 Jul 2018 15 Jul 2018
Semester 3 18 Nov 2018 18 Nov 2018

Study period dates for ACU^, Curtin^ and Swinburne^

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end End of term
Study Period 1 18 Feb 2018^ 26 Feb 2018 19 Mar 2018 27 May 2018 1 Jun 2018
Study Period 2 20 May 2018^ 28 May 2018 18 Jun 2018 26 Aug 2018 31 Aug 2018
Study Period 3 19 Aug 2018^ 27 Aug 2018 17 Sept 2018 25 Nov 2018 30 Nov 2018
Study Period 4 18 Nov 2018 26 Nov 2018 17 Dec 2018 24 Feb 2019 1 Mar 2019

^ Note: Some subjects by these universities are available in sessions (see below dates) as well as study periods. Refer to the subject page for details.
* After the census date students can no longer withdraw from a degree or subject and receive a refund or re-credit of their fees.

Semester dates for Macquarie 

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess** End of term
Semester 1 18 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 26 Mar 2018 16 Apr 2018 - 27 Apr 2018 29 Jun 2018
Semester 2 22 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 26 Aug 2018 17 Sept - 28 Sept 2018 30 Nov 2018
Semester 3 25 Nov 2018 3 Dec 2018 17 Dec 2018 24 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019 1 Feb 2019

Please note: Semester 3 is an intensive semester. We advise students to enrol in only one or two subjects in Semester 3. 
* After the census date students can no longer withdraw from a degree or subject and receive a refund or re-credit of their fees. 
** Macquarie University has a recess mid-way through each semester. Tutors may not be available during these times.

Session dates for ACU, Curtin, Griffith, Murdoch, RMIT, UniSA

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end End of term
Session 1 18 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 22 Mar 2018 3 Jun 2018
8 Jun 2018
Session 2 8 Jul 2018 16 Jul 2018 9 Aug 2018 21 Oct 2018 26 Oct 2018
Session 3 4 Nov 2018 12 Nov 2018 6 Dec 2018 17 Feb 2019 22 Feb 2019

* After the census date students can no longer withdraw from a degree or subject and receive a refund or re-credit of their fees.

Application closing dates for ACU, Curtin, Murdoch and Swinburne

Restricted degrees Postgraduate single subjects
Study Period 1 11 Feb 2018 14 Feb 2018
Study Period 2 13 May 2018 16 May 2018
Study Period 3 12 Aug 2018 15 Aug 2018
Study Period 4 11 Nov 2018 14 Nov 2018

Application closing dates for Macquarie

Restricted degrees Commonwealth supported place (CSP) degrees
Semester 1 11 Feb 2018 11 Feb 2018*
Semester 2 15 Jul 2018 -
Semester 3 18 Nov 2018 -

*Above is Macquarie University's close of application dates with the exception of Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years)

Application closing dates for Curtin, Griffith, RMIT and UniSA

Restricted degrees
Session 1 11 Feb 2018
Session 2 1 Jul 2018
Session 3 28 Oct 2018

*Above are close of application dates with the exception of:
Graduate Certificate in Business Administration (Executive) - RMIT
Executive MBA - RMIT
Master of Social Work - Griffith

Exams key dates

Exams key dates are based on the university teaching your subjects. They include dates when exam timetables are published, deadlines to nominate your exam venue, and when exam periods start and end. Some degrees include subjects from a mix of universities, so your exam timetable may include several exam key dates.

Check subject pages to confirm how your subjects are offered—study periods, semesters or sessions—then refer to the tables below for your exams key dates. See your Student Hub and Exams FAQ for more information, including exam venue locations. Exam venue addresses will be emailed to you closer to your exam dates.

Venue selection open Timetable publication Deadline to nominate/
change your venue
Exam period
Study Period 1 9 Apr 2018 16 Apr 2018 29 Apr 2018 28 May - 1 Jun 2018
Study Period 2 9 Jul 2018 16 Jul 2018 29 Jul 2018 27 - 31 Aug 2018
Study Period 3 8 Oct 2018 15 Oct 2018 28 Oct 2018 26 - 30 Nov 2018
Study Period 4 7 Jan 2019 14 Jan 2019 27 Jan 2019 25 Feb - 1 Mar 2019 TBC
Venue selection open Timetable publication Deadline to nominate/
change your venue
Exam period
Semester 1 16 Apr 2018 23 Apr 2018 6 May 2018 4 - 22 Jun 2018
Semester 2 3 Sep 2018 10 Sep 2018 23 Sep 2018 29 Oct - 16 Nov 2018
Semester 3 To be confirmed
Venue selection open Timetable publication Deadline to nominate/
change your venue
Exam period
Session 1 16 Apr 2018 23 Apr 2018 6 May 2018 4 - 22 Jun 2018
Session 2 3 Sep 2018 10 Sep 2018 23 Sep 2018 29 Oct - 16 Nov 2018
Session 3 7 Jan 2019 14 Jan 2019 27 Jan 2019 25 Feb - 1 Mar 2019