Census Date

Considering withdrawing from a unit or taking intermission?

To discontinue a unit without academic and financial penalties, you must do so before the Census Date. 

For semester one the Census Date is March 31 and for semester two the census date is August 31. 

•   If you withdraw before this date, you do not pay for the unit. (Please note: International Students may not receive a full refund)

•   If you withdraw after this date you are financially committed to 100% of the cost for the unit

Non-Standard Withdrawal Dates 

Some units have different withdrawal dates. Always check with your faculty.

Underloading and Intermission

Domestic students

If your enrolment drops below 18 credit points per semester, you may not be eligible for government payments such as Youth Allowance, Austudy or public transport concessions. 


International students

You need to apply for approval to underload or take intermission (study leave) under these circumstances:

1.   compassionate or compelling circumstances

  •  illness or exceptional personal circumstances
  • course structure, progression rules or unit availability preventing a standard enrolment load

2.   implementation of an intervention strategy due to a risk of unsatisfactory academic progress.

How to apply


International students must submit an application to underload here.

Domestic students withdraw from units using WES.



International students must complete the online intermission request form.

International students must provide supporting documentation as part of the application.


Unit Pass Rate Calculation 

From January 1 2022, students starting or transferring courses who fail more than 50% after completing 8 units will not be allowed to continue in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) unless they can prove special circumstances. Only then can units be removed from the calculation. This will impact students receiving CSP and/or assistance through HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan


Units withdrawn before Census Date can’t be included in the calculation but units withdrawn after Census Date are counted as a fail and included in the calculation. Click here for more information.

Thinking of withdrawing from a unit after Census Date? 

If you find that after Census Date you are unable to pass a unit, there are academic advantages if you withdraw during the ‘withdrawn late’ period. Your mark will be recorded as a WDN and it will not be included in calculating your WAM or GPA. 

For further questions and advice: 

MONSU Student Rights + Support 

E: studentrights@monsu.org 

P: +61 3 9903 2596