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 subjects. 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 dates for all universities (except Macquarie University and Australian National University)

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

* 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 University

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

* 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.

Semester dates for Australian National University

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 to be confirmed

* 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 (except Macquarie University)

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 University

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 University^ and Swinburne University^

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 University 

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 Curtin University, Griffith University, Murdoch University, RMIT University, University of South Australia

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 University and Swinburne University

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 University

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 Griffith University, Murdoch University, RMIT University, University of South Australia

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 University
Executive MBA - RMIT University
Master of Social Work - Griffith University

Study dates for all universities (except Macquarie University)

Close of enrolment

Classes start

Census date*

Classes end

End of term

Study Period 1

17 Feb 2017^

27 Feb 2017

20 Mar 2017

28 May 2017

2 Jun 2017

Study Period 2

19 May 2017^

29 May 2017

19 Jun 2017

27 Aug 2017

1 Sept 2017

Study Period 3

20 Aug 2017^

28 Aug 2017

18 Sept 2017

26 Nov 2017

1 Dec 2017

Study Period 4

19 Nov 2017

27 Nov 2017

18 Dec 2017

25 Feb 2018

2 Mar 2018

^ Extended close of enrolment date 
* 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 University

Close of enrolment Classes start Census date* Recess** End of term
Semester 1 17 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 27 Mar 2017 17 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017
Semester 2 21 Jul 2017^ 31 Jul 2017 26 Aug 2017 18 Sept - 29 Sept 2017 1 Dec 2017
Semester 3 26 Nov 2017 4 Dec 2017 18 Dec 2017 25 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018 2 Feb 2018

^ Extended close of enrolment date 
* 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.

Undergraduate calendar

Undergraduate study terms calendar

Application closing dates (except Macquarie University)

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) degrees

Restricted degrees

Study Period 1

27 Jan 2017

27 Jan 2017

Study Period 2

28 Apr 2017

28 Apr 2017

Study Period 3

28 Jul 2017

28 Jul 2017

Study Period 4

12 Nov 2017

12 Nov 2017

Application closing dates for Macquarie University

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) degrees

Restricted degrees

Semester 1

3 Feb 2017

3 Feb 2017

Semester 2

7 Jul 2017

7 Jul 2017

Semester 3

19 Nov 2017

19 Nov 2017

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

Close of enrolment

Classes start

Census date*

Classes end

End of term

Study Period 1

17 Feb 2017^

27 Feb 2017

20 Mar 2017

28 May 2017

2 Jun 2017

Study Period 2

19 May 2017^

29 May 2017

19 Jun 2017

27 Aug 2017

1 Sept 2017

Study Period 3

20 Aug 2017^

28 Aug 2017

18 Sept 2017

26 Nov 2017

1 Dec 2017

Study Period 4

19 Nov 2017

27 Nov 2017

18 Dec 2017

25 Feb 2018

2 Mar 2018

^ Note: Some subjects by these universities are available in sessions (see dates below) 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 University 

Close of enrolment

Classes start

Census date*

Recess**

End of term

Semester 1

17 Feb 2017^

27 Feb 2017

27 Mar 2017

17 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017

30 Jun 2017

Semester 2

21 Jul 2017^

31 Jul 2017

26 Aug 2017

18 Sept - 29 Sept 2017

1 Dec 2017

Semester 3

26 Nov 2017

4 Dec 2017

18 Dec 2017

25 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018

2 Feb 2018

^ Extended close of enrolment date 
* 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 Curtin University, Griffith University, Murdoch University, RMIT University, University of South Australia

Close of enrolment

Classes start

Census date*

Classes end

End of term

Session 1

17 Feb 2017^

27 Feb 2017

23 Mar 2017

4 Jun 2017

20 Jun 2017

Session 2

7 Jul 2017^

17 Jul 2017

10 Aug 2017

22 Oct 2017

14 Nov 2017

Session 3

5 Nov 2017

13 Nov 2017

7 Dec 2017

18 Feb 2018

2 Mar 2018

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

Postgraduate calendar

Postgraduate study terms calendar 

Application closing dates for ACU, Curtin University and Swinburne University

Restricted degrees

Postgraduate Single Subjects

Study Period 1

27 Jan 2017

Study Period 2

28 Apr 2017

Study Period 3

28 Jul 2017

Study Period 4

12 Nov 2017

15 Nov 2017

Application closing dates for Macquarie University

Restricted degrees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) degrees

Postgraduate Single Subjects

Semester 1

3 Feb 2017

3 Feb 2017*

Semester 2

7 Jul 2017

N/A

Semester 3

19 Nov 2017

22 Nov 2017

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

Application closing dates for Griffith University, Murdoch University, RMIT University, University of South Australia

Restricted degrees*

Session 1

27 Jan 2017

Session 2

16 Jun 2017

Session 3

15 Oct 2017

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

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 timetable may run across different study terms and include several exam key dates.

Undergraduate subjects are offered in study periods or semesters while postgraduate subjects are offered in sessions, study periods or semesters. Check subject webpages to confirm how your subjects are offered, 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 23 Oct - 16 Nov 2018
Session 3 7 Jan 2019 14 Jan 2019 27 Jan 2019 25 Feb - 1 Mar 2019
Venue selection open Timetable publication Deadline to nominate/
change your venue
Exam period
Study Period 1 10 Apr2017 17 Apr 2017 30 Apr 2017 29 May - 2 Jun 2017
Study Period 2 10 Jul 2017 17 Jul 2017 30 Jul 2017 28 Aug - 1 Sep 2017
Study Period 3 9 Oct 2017 16 Oct 2017 29 Oct 2017 27 Nov - 1 Dec 2017
Study Period 4 8 Jan 2018 15 Jan 2018 28 Jan 2018 26 Feb - 2 Mar 2018
Venue selection open Timetable publication Deadline to nominate/
change your venue
Exam period
Semester 1 17 Apr 2017 25 Apr 2017 7 May 2017 13 - 30 Jun 2017
Semester 2 4 Sep 2017 11 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 13 Nov - 1 Dec 2017
Semester 3 No exams scheduled

Venue selection open Timetable publication Deadline to nominate/
change your venue
Exam period
Session 1 17 Apr 2017 25 Apr 2017 7 May 2017 5 - 20 Jun 2017
Session 2 4 Sep 2017 11 Sep 2017 24 Sep 2017 30 Oct - 14 Nov 2017
Session 3 8 Jan 2018 15 Jan 2018 28 Jan 2018 26 Feb - 2 Mar 2018