Key dates 2021

All the important study and exam dates, including close of application, close of enrolment, and census dates.

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

Degree application dates

If you’re planning to commit to a full degree in 2021, you’ll need to get your application in by the application closing date. Degree application dates are different depending on your level of study, university and start date.

To start, choose your level of study:

Undergraduate degree application closing dates for all universities except Macquarie, UNE, UTAS and some UniSA degrees

Study Period 1 14 Feb 2021
Study Period 2 16 May 2021
Study Period 3 15 Aug 2021
Study Period 4 14 Nov 2021

 

Macquarie undergraduate degree application closing dates

Session 1 7 Feb 2021
Session 2 11 Jul 2021
Session 3 14 Nov 2021

 

UNE undergraduate degree application closing dates

Trimester 1 14 Feb 2021
Trimester 2 13 June 2021
Trimester 3 10 Oct 2021

 

UTAS undergraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 1 7 Feb 2021
Semester 2 27 June 2021
Term 1 17 Jan 2021
Term 2 11 Apr 2021
Term 3 4 Jul 2021
Term 4 26 Sept 2021
Accelerated Study Period 1 17 Jan 2021
Accelerated Study Period 2 9 May 2021
Accelerated Study Period 3 29 Aug 2021
Summer School 17 Dec 2020
Winter School 16 May 2021
Spring School (Extended) 10 Oct 2021
5 Week Session Nov 17 Oct 2021
Spring School  3 Oct 2021 
Winter School (Late) 6 Jun 2021
11 Week Session Feb 17 Jan 2021
11 Week Session Apr 21 Mar 2021
11 Week Session Oct 12 Sep 2021
12 Week Session Dec 14 Nov 2021

Curtin, some Murdoch and Swinburne postgraduate degree application closing dates and all Postgraduate Single Subjects application closing dates*

Degrees Postgraduate Single Subjects
Study Period 1 14 Feb 2021 17 Feb 2021
Study Period 2 16 May 2021 19 May 2021
Study Period 3 15 Aug 2021 18 Aug 2021
Study Period 4 14 Nov 2021 17 Nov 2021

 

ACU postgraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 1 14 Feb 2021
Semester 2 11 Jul 2021
Semester 3 7 Nov 2021

 

Curtin, RMIT and UniSA postgraduate degree application closing dates

Session 1 14 Feb 2021
Session 2 4 Jul 2021
Session 3 31 Oct 2021

 

Griffith postgraduate degree application closing dates*

Session 1 21 Feb 2021
Session 2 4 Jul 2021
Session 3 24 Oct 2021

 

La Trobe postgraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 1 14 Feb 2021
Semester 2 4 Jul 2021

 

Macquarie postgraduate degree application closing dates*

Session 1 7 Feb 2021
Session 2 11 Jul 2021
Session 3 14 Nov 2021
Term1 27 Dec 2020
Term 2 21 Mar 2021
Term 3 13 Jun 2021
Term 4 5 Feb 2021

 

Murdoch postgraduate degree application closing dates*

Semester 1 7 Feb 2021
Semester 2 11 Jul 2021

 

UNE postgraduate degree application closing dates

Trimester 1 14 Feb 2021
Trimester 2 13 June 2021
Trimester 3 10 Oct 2021

 

UTAS postgraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 1 7 Feb 2021
Semester 2 27 June 2021
Term 1 17 Jan 2021
Term 2 11 Apr 2021
Term 3 4 Jul 2021
Term 4 26 Sep 2021
Accelerated Study Period 1
17 Jan 2021
Accelerated Study Period 2
9 May 2021
Accelerated Study Period 3
29 Aug 2021
Summer School 17 Dec 2020
Winter School 16 May 2021
Spring School (Extended) 10 Oct 2021
5 Week Session November 17 Oct 2021
Spring School 3 Oct 2021
Winter School (Late) 6 Jun 2021
11 Week Session Feb 17 Jan 2021
11 Week Session Apr 21 Mar 2021
11 Week Session Oct 12 Sep 2021
12 Week Session Dec 14 Nov 2021

 

Notes

* Close of application dates are different for:

  • Graduate Certificate in Education - Murdoch
  • Graduate Certificate of Finance - Macquarie
  • Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning - ACU
  • Master of Business Administration - ACU
  • Master of Health Care Management - Murdoch
  • Master of Social Work - Griffith
  • Master of Teaching (Birth to Five Years) - Macquarie

See degree pages for more information or contact a student advisor.

Subject enrolment and study dates

Here are the most important dates for your subjects, including: when to enrol by, when classes start, the census date, and when classes end.

To start, choose your level of study:

Study period dates

Most unis offer undergraduate subjects in study periods, except for ANU, Macquarie, UNE and UTAS—check their study terms below.
Note that UniSA subjects are offered in study periods, and may also be offered in other study terms—check theistudy terms below.

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Study Period 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 22 Mar 2021 30 May 2021
Study Period 2 23 May 2021 31 May 2021 21 Jun 2021 29 Aug 2021
Study Period 3 22 Aug 2021 30 Aug 2021 20 Sept 2021 28 Nov 2021
Study Period 4 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 20 Dec 2021 27 Feb 2022

 

ANU semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess  Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021
31 Mar 2021 5–18 Apr 2021 28 May 2021
Semester 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 31 Aug 2021 6–19 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021

 

Macquarie session (previously semester) dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Classes end
Session 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 18 Mar 2021 12–26 Apr 2021 4 Jun 2021
Session 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 19 Aug 2021 13–26 Sep 2021 5 Nov 2021
Session 3^ 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 13 Dec 2021 20 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 14 Jan 2022

 

Murdoch study term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Autumn (AU4) 7 Feb 2021 15 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 23 Apr 2021
Winter-Spring (WSP1) 4 Jul 2021 12 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 17 Sep 2021
Spring-Summer (SS5) 12 Sep 2021 20 Sep 2021 4 Oct 2021 26 Nov 2021

 

UNE trimester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Trimester 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 22 Mar 2021 28 May 2021
Trimester 2 20 Jun 2021 28 Jun 2021 19 Jul 2021 24 Sep 2021
Trimester 3 17 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021 18 Nov 2021 4 Feb 2022

 

UniSA single subject term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Term 1 3 Jan 2021 11 Jan 2021 29 Jan 2021 19 Mar 2021
Term 2 28 Mar 2021 5 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021 11 Jun 2021
Term 3 20 Jun 2021 28 Jun 2021 16 Jul 2021 3 Sept 2021
Term 4 12 Sept 2021 20 Sept 2021 8 Oct 2021 26 Nov 2021

 

UTAS study term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 23 Mar 2021 1–7 Apr 2021 30 May 2021
Semester 2 4 Jul 2021 12 Jul 2021 10 Aug 2021 30 Aug – 5 Sep 2021 17 Oct 2021
Term 1 24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 No recess
11 Apr 2021
Term 2 18 Apr 2021 26 Apr 2021 17 May 2021 No recess
4 Jul 2021
Term 3 11 Jul 2021 19 Jul 2021 9 Aug 2021 No recess
26 Sep 2021
Term 4 3 Oct 2021 11 Oct 2021 1 Nov 2021 No recess
19 Dec 2021
Accelerated Study Period 1
24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 24 Feb 2021 No recess
2 May 2021
Accelerated Study Period 2
16 May 2021 24 May 2021 16 Jun 2021 No recess
22 Aug 2021
Accelerated Study Period 3
5 Sep 2021 13 Sep 2021 6 Oct 2021 No recess
12 Dec 2021
Summer School 24 Dec 2020 1 Jan 2021 12 Jan 2021 No recess
25 Feb 2021
Winter School 23 May 2021 31 May 2021 9 Jun 2021 No recess
11 Jul 2021
Spring School (Extended) 17 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021 17 Nov 2021 No recess
13 Feb 2022
5 Week Session Nov 24 Oct 2021 1 Nov 2021 8 Nov 2021 No recess
5 Dec 2021
Spring School 10 Oct 2021  18 Oct 2021 10 Nov 2021  No recess  9 Jan 2022 
Winter School (Late) 13 Jun 2021 21 Jun 2021  9 Jul 2021  No recess  12 Sep 2021 
11 Week Session Feb  24 Jan 2021  1 Feb 2021  15 Feb 2021  No recess  11 Apr 2021 
11 Week Session Apr  28 Mar 2021  5 Apr 2021  23 Apr 2021  No recess  27 Jun 2021
11 Week Session Oct  19 Sept 2021  27 Sep 2021  14 Oct 2021  No recess  12 Dec 2021 
12 Week Session Dec 21 Nov 2021  29 Nov 2021  16 Dec 2021  No recess  20 Feb 2022 

 

Notes

* After the census date you can no longer withdraw from your subject and receive a refund or re-credit of your fees.
‡ Macquarie has a recess mid-way through each session. Tutors may not be available during these times.
^ Macquarie's Session 3 is an intensive study term. We suggest you enrol in only one or two subjects in Session 3, because you'll have less time to get through your studies.
# UTAS offers recess in Semesters only. There’s no recess for Terms, Spring, Winter or Sessions.

Curtin, Murdoch, Swinburne and UNE study period dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Study Period 1^ 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 22 Mar 2021 30 May 2021
Study Period 2^ 23 May 2021 31 May 2021 21 Jun 2021 29 Aug 2021
Study Period 3^ 22 Aug 2021 30 Aug 2021 20 Sept 2021 28 Nov 2021
Study Period 4 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 20 Dec 2021 27 Feb 2022

 

Curtin, RMIT and UniSA session dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Session 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 25 Mar 2021 6 Jun 2021
Session 2 11 Jul 2021 19 Jul 2021 12 Aug 2021 24 Oct 2021
Session 3 7 Nov 2021 15 Nov 2021 9 Dec 2021 20 Feb 2022

 

ACU semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Semester 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 30 May 2021
Semester 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 31 Aug 2021 24 Oct 2021
Semester 3 14 Nov 2021 22 Nov 2021 3 Jan 2022 20 Feb 2022

 

ANU semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021
31 Mar 2021 5–18 Apr 2021 28 May 2021
Semester 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 31 Aug 2021 6–19 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021

 

Griffith session dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Session 1 28 Feb 2021 8 Mar 2021 4 Apr 2021 4 Jun 2021
Session 2 11 Jul 2021 19 Jul 2021 22 Aug 2021 15 Oct 2021
Session 3 31 Oct 2021 8 Nov 2021 5 Dec 2021 11 Feb 2022

 

La Trobe semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Semester 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021
Semester 2 11 Jul 2021 19 Jul 2021 31 Aug 2021 15 Oct 2021

 

Macquarie session (previously semester) and term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Classes end
Session 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 18 Mar 2021 12–26 Apr 2021 4 Jun 2021
Session 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 19 Aug 2021 13-26 Sep 2021 5 Nov 2021
Session 3** 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 13 Dec 2021 20 Dec 2021 – 2 Jan 2022 14 Jan 2022
Term 1 3 Jan 2021 11 Jan 2021 27 Jan 2021 no recess 21 Mar 2021
Term 2 28 Mar 2021 6 Apr 2021 21 Apr 2021 no recess 13 Jun 2021
Term 3 20 Jun 2021 28 Jun 2021 13 Jul 2021 no recess 5 Sep 2021
Term 4 12 Sep 2021 20 Sep 2021 5 Oct 2021 no recess 28 Nov 2021

 

Murdoch semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 22 Mar 2021 28 May 2021
Semester 2 18 Jul 2021 26 Jul 2021 23 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021

 

UNE trimester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Trimester 1 21 Feb 2021 1 Mar 2021 22 Mar 2021 28 May 2021
Trimester 2 20 Jun 2021 28 Jun 2021 19 Jul 2021 24 Sep 2021
Trimester 3 17 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021 18 Nov 2021 4 Feb 2022

 

UTAS study term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Classes end
Semester 1 14 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 23 Mar 2021 1–7 Apr 2021 30 May 2021
Semester 2 4 Jul 2021 12 Jul 2021 10 Aug 2021 30 Aug – 5 Sep 2021 17 Oct 2021
Term 1 24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 22 Feb 2021 No recess 11 Apr 2021
Term 2 18 Apr 2021 26 Apr 2021 17 May 2021 No recess
4 Jul 2021
Term 3 11 Jul 2021 19 Jul 2021 9 Aug 2021 No recess
26 Sep 2021
Term 4 3 Oct 2021 11 Oct 2021 1 Nov 2021 No recess
19 Dec 2021
Accelerated Study Period 1
24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 24 Feb 2021 No recess
2 May 2021
Accelerated Study Period 2
16 May 2021 24 May 2021 16 Jun 2021 No recess
22 Aug 2021
Accelerated Study Period 3
5 Sep 2021 13 Sep 2021 6 Oct 2021 No recess
12 Dec 2021
Summer School 24 Dec 2020 1 Jan 2021 12 Jan 2021 No recess
25 Feb 2021
Winter School 23 May 2021 31 May 2021 9 Jun 2021 No recess
11 Jul 2021
Spring School (Extended) 17 Oct 2021 25 Oct 2021 17 Nov 2021 No recess
13 Feb 2021
5 Week Session Nov 24 Oct 2021 1 Nov 2021 8 Nov 2021 No recess
5 Dec 2021
Spring School 10 Oct 2021 18 Oct 2021 10 Nov 2021 No recess 9 Jan 2022
Winter School (Late) 13 Jun 2021 21 Jun 2021 9 Jul 2021 No recess 12 Sep 2021
11 Week Session Feb 24 Jan 2021 1 Feb 2021 15 Feb 2021 No recess 11 Apr 2021
11 Week Session Apr 28 Mar 2021 5 Apr 2021 23 Apr 2021 No recess 27 Jun 2021
11 Week Session Oct 19 Sep 2021 27 Sep 2021 14 Oct 2021 No recess 12 Dec 2021
12 Week Session Dec 21 Nov 2021 29 Nov 2021 16 Dec 2021 No recess 20 Feb 2022

 

Notes

* After the census date you can no longer withdraw from your subject and receive a refund or re-credit of your fees.
^ Some subjects offered in these study periods are also offered in sessions. See your subject page for details.
‡ UNE subject DYPP500A Developing Your Professional Practice is run in study periods, but all other UNE subjects are offered in UNE trimesters.
† Macquarie has a recess mid-way through each session. Tutors may not be available during these times.
** Macquarie's Session 3 is an intensive study term. We suggest you enrol in only one or two subjects in Session 3, because you'll have less time to get through your studies.

Exam dates

If you want to plan ahead for exams, start here by checking when we publish exam timetables. We’ve also listed the timeframes you can expect exams to be held (the exam period). Some universities manage their own timetables, so these dates only apply to subjects from the following unis:

  • Curtin University
  • Griffith University
  • Macquarie University
  • Murdoch University
  • RMIT University
  • University of South Australia

If you’re sitting an exam with a university not in the list above, they’ll send exam dates and information directly to your uni email address.

Timetable available Exam period
Session 1 17 May 2021 14 Jun–18 Jun 2021
Session 2 4 Oct 2021 1–5 Nov 2021
Session 3 31 Jan 2022 28 Feb–4 Mar 2022
Timetable available Exam period
Study Period 1 3 May 2021 31 May – 4 Jun 2021
Study Period 2 2 Aug 2021 30 Aug – 3 Sept 2021
Study Period 3 1 Nov 2021 29 Nov – 3 Dec 2021
Study Period 4 31 Jan 2022 28 Feb – 4 Mar 2022

 

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