Key dates 2020

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

Key dates during COVID-19 – Some universities are making changes to key dates, which may include extending census dates and shifting when classes start and end. Refer to our COVID-19 and study page for more information.


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 termβ€”but there are several exams key dates to be aware of before the actual exam.

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 Murdoch and UniSA subjects are offered in study periods, and may also be offered in other study terms—check their study terms below.

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Study Period 1 23 Feb 2020 2 Mar 2020 23 Mar 2020 31 May 2020
Study Period 2 24 May 2020 1 Jun 2020 22 Jun 2020 30 Aug 2020
Study Period 3 23 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 21 Sept 2020 29 Nov 2020
Study Period 4 22 Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020 21 Dec 2020 28 Feb 2021

 

ANU semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Teaching paused Census date* Recess  Classes end
Semester 1 16 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020
23–27 Mar 2020 8 May 2020Δ  6–17 Apr 2020Δ 5 June 2020Δ
Semester 2 19 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020  n/a 31 Aug 2020  TBD 30 Oct 2020

 

Macquarie semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Classes end
Semester 1 16 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020 3 Apr 2020Δ 18–29 Mar 2020Δ 26 Jun 2020
Semester 2 19 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020 20 Aug 2020 14-27 Sept 2020 27 Nov 2020
Semester 3** 22 Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020 14 Dec 2020 21 Dec 2020– 3 Jan 2021 22 Jan 2021

 

Murdoch term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Classes end
Semester 2 24 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020 22 Aug 2020 n/a 6 Nov 2020
Spring 2 17 Jul 2020 20 Jul 2020 3 Aug 2020 n/a 25 Sep 2020

 

UNE trimester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Trimester 1 23 Feb 2020 2 Mar 2020 23 Mar 2020 19 Jun 2020
Trimester 2 21 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2020 20 Jul 2020 16 Oct 2020
Trimester 3 18 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 23 Nov 2020 26 Feb 2021

 

UniSA single subject term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Term 1 5 Jan 2020 13 Jan 2020 31 Jan 2020 20 Mar 2020
Term 2 29 Mar 2020 6 Apr 2020 24 Apr 2020 12 Jun 2020
Term 3 21 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2020 17 Jul 2020 4 Sept 2020
Term 4 13 Sept 2020 21 Sept 2020 9 Oct 2020 27 Nov 2020

 

UTAS study terms dates

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

 

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 semester. Tutors may not be available during these times.
^ Macquarie's Semester 3 is an intensive semester. We suggest you enrol in only one or two subjects in Semester 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.
Δ Revised date due to COVID-19.

Curtin, Swinburne and UNE study period dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Study Period 1^ 23 Feb 2020 2 Mar 2020 23 Mar 2020 31 May 2020
Study Period 2^ 24 May 2020 1 Jun 2020 22 Jun 2020 30 Aug 2020
Study Period 3^ 23 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 21 Sept 2020 29 Nov 2020
Study Period 4 22 Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020 21 Dec 2020 28 Feb 2021

 

Curtin, Murdoch, RMIT and UniSA session dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Session 1 23 Feb 2020 2 Mar 2020 26 Mar 2020 7 Jun 2020
Session 2 12 Jul 2020 20 Jul 2020 13 Aug 2020 25 Oct 2020
Session 3 8 Nov 2020 16 Nov 2020 10 Dec 2020 21 Feb 2021

 

ACU semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Semester 1 16 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020 31 Mar 2020 24 May 2020
Semester 2 19 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020 31 Aug 2020 25 Oct 2020
Semester 3 17 Nov 2020 25 Nov 2020 6 Jan 2021 2 Feb 2021

 

ANU semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Teaching paused Census date* Recess  Classes end
Semester 1 16 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020
23–27 Mar 2020 8 May 2020Δ  6–17 Apr 2020Δ 5 June 2020Δ
Semester 2 19 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020  n/a 31 Aug 2020  TBD 30 Oct 2020

 

Griffith session dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Session 1 16 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020 22 Mar 2020 22 May 2020
Session 2Δ 5 Jul 2020 13 Jul 2020 9 Aug 2020 9 Oct 2020
Session 3Δ 25 Oct 2020 2 Nov 2020 29 Nov 2020 5 Feb 2021

 

La Trobe semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Semester 1 23 Feb 2020 2 Mar 2020 15 Apr 2020Δ 31 May 2020
Semester 2 19 Jul 2020 20 Jul 2020Δ 31 Aug 2020 16 Oct 2020Δ

 

Macquarie semester and term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Classes end
Semester 1 16 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020 3 Apr 2020Δ 18–29 Mar 2020Δ 26 Jun 2020
Semester 2 19 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020 20 Aug 2020 14-27 Sept 2020 27 Nov 2020
Semester 3** 22 Nov 2020 30 Nov 2020 14 Dec 2020 21 Dec 2020 – 3 Jan 2021 22 Jan 2021
Term 3 7 Jun 2020 15 Jun 2020 10 Jul 2020 No recess 9 Aug 2020
Term 4 30 Aug 2020 7 Sep 2020 2 Oct 2020 No recess 1 Nov 2020

 

Murdoch semester and term dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Semester 1 16 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020 24 Mar 2020 29 May 2020
Semester 2 24 Jul 2020 27 Jul 2020 22 Aug 2020 6 Nov 2020
Spring 2 17 Jul 2020 20 Jul 2020 3 Aug 2020 25 Sep 2020

 

UNE trimester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Classes end
Trimester 1 23 Feb 2020 2 Mar 2020 23 Mar 2020 19 Jun 2020
Trimester 2 21 Jun 2020 29 Jun 2020 20 Jul 2020 16 Oct 2020
Trimester 3 18 Oct 2020 26 Oct 2020 23 Nov 2020 26 Feb 2021

 

UTAS semester dates

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess Classes end
Semester 1 16 Feb 2020 24 Feb 2020 23 Mar 2020 9–15 Apr 31 May 2020
Semester 2 5 Jul 2020 13 Jul 2020 10 Aug 2020 31 Aug–6 Sept 18 Oct 2020

 

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 semester. Tutors may not be available during these times.
** Macquarie's Semester 3 is an intensive semester. We suggest you enrol in only one or two subjects in Semester 3, because you'll have less time to get through your studies.
Δ Revised dates due to COVID-19.

Undergraduate degree application closing dates for all universities except Macquarie, Murdoch, UNE and UTAS

Study Period 1 16 Feb 2020
Study Period 2 17 May 2020
Study Period 3 16 Aug 2020
Study Period 4 15 Nov 2020

 

Macquarie undergraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 1 9 Feb 2020
Semester 2 12 Jul 2020
Semester 3 15 Nov 2020

 

Murdoch undergraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 2 19 Jul 2020
Spring 2 12 Jul 2020

 

UNE undergraduate degree application closing dates

Trimester 1 16 Feb 2020
Trimester 2 14 June 2020
Trimester 3 11 Oct 2020

 

UTAS undergraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 1 9 Feb 2020
Semester 2 28 June 2020
Term 1 19 Jan 2020
Term 2 12 Apr 2020
Term 3 5 Jul 2020
Term 4 27 Sept 2020
Spring 4 Oct 2020
Spring Extended 11 Oct 2020
Spring School November 25 Oct 2020
Winter 17 May 2020
Winter Early 3 May 2020
Winter Late 7 June 2020
April 11 Week Session 15 Mar 2020
October 11 Week Session 13 Sept 2020
December 12 Week Session 15 Nov 2020

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

Degrees Postgraduate Single Subjects
Study Period 1 16 Feb 2020 19 Feb 2020
Study Period 2 17 May 2020 20 May 2020
Study Period 3 16 Aug 2020 19 Aug 2020
Study Period 4 15 Nov 2020 18 Nov 2020

 

ACU postgraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 1 9 Feb 2020
Semester 2 12 Jul 2020
Semester 3 10 Nov 2020

 

Curtin, RMIT and UniSA postgraduate degree application closing dates

Session 1 16 Feb 2020
Session 2 5 Jul 2020
Session 3 1 Nov 2020

 

Griffith postgraduate degree application closing dates*

Session 1 9 Feb 2020
Session 2 28 June 2020Δ
Session 3 18 Oct 2020Δ

 

La Trobe postgraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 1 16 Feb 2020
Semester 2 12 Jul 2020

 

Macquarie postgraduate degree application closing dates*

Semester 1 9 Feb 2020
Semester 2 12 Jul 2020
Semester 3 15 Nov 2020

 

Murdoch postgraduate degree application closing dates*

Semester 2 19 Jul 2020
Spring 2 12 Jul 2020

 

UNE postgraduate degree application closing dates

Trimester 1 16 Feb 2020
Trimester 2 14 June 2020
Trimester 3 11 Oct 2020

 

UTAS postgraduate degree application closing dates

Semester 1 9 Feb 2020
Semester 2 28 June 2020

 

Notes

Δ Revised date due to COVID-19.
* 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.

Exam key dates

Exam key dates include when exam timetables are published and when exam periods start and end.

Exam timetables are published in the Student Hub for students currently studying through OUA. But if you want to plan ahead, you can work out your exam period here. First, check your subject pages to confirm which study term applies—study periods, semesters or sessions. Then, refer to the tables below for your exam key dates. 

Please note: OUA Exam Services organise most exams for students studying through OUA, but some unis run their own exams. Check with your teaching staff for additional exam information.

Students studying through OUA are safely sitting their exams online for the rest of 2020

We’re prioritising your health and safety. In response to government advice about COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve moved face-to-face exams online for the rest of the year. This means that if your subject has an exam, you won’t have to choose a venue, travel, or arrange for a supervisor. Some exams may also change to an alternative assessment. We’ll be in touch with more information. 

Exams managed by OUA Exam Services – excludes ANU and UTAS exams

Timetables published Exam period
Semester 1 4 May 2020 11 Jun–24 Jun 2020
Semester 2 21 Sep 2020 9–20 Nov 2020
Semester 3 ACU 18 Jan 2021 1–5 Mar 2021
Semester 3 Macquarie 14 Dec 2020 1–5 Feb 2021

 

ANU

ANU subjects do not have supervised exams—although some subjects include a test in class towards the end of semester.

 

UTAS

Exam period starts Exam period ends
Semester 1 6 Jun 2020 23 Jun 2020
Semester 2 24 Sept 2020 10 Nov 2020
Timetables published Exam period
Session 1 4 May 2020 11–24 Jun 2020
Session 2 21 Sep 2020 9–20 Nov 2020
Session 2 Griffith Δ 14 Sep 2020 15–24 Oct 2020
Session 3 18 Jan 2021 1–5 Mar 2021
Session 3 Griffith Δ TBD 11–19 Feb 2021
Notes

Δ Revised date due to COVID-19.

Timetables published Exam period
Study Period 1 20 Apr 2020 1–5 Jun 2020
Study Period 2 20 Jul 2020 31 Aug – 4 Sept 2020
Study Period 3 19 Oct 2020 30 Nov – 4 Dec 2020
Study Period 4 18 Jan 2021 1–5 Mar 2021

 

UNE

UNE manages supervised exams associated with your UNE subjects.
Prior to census date, UNE releases exam timetables. They’ll email important exam information directly to your UNE email address.

See UNE's Principal Dates for more information.

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