Important dates

Don't let deadlines and dates sneak up on you. Stay informed about important academic dates, application closing dates, holidays, study period starting and finishing dates, as well as key university events.

Academic calendar

There are a lot of dates and events during the year that you need to know about. Stay on top of them using our academic calendar.


2020 Start End
2020Orientation StartMon 17 February 2020 EndFri 21 February 2020
2020Semester 1 StartMon 24 February 2020 EndSun 21 June 2020
2020UA common vacation week StartMon 23 March 2020 EndSun 29 March 2020
2020Central Examinations period StartMon 1 June 2020 EndSun 14 June 2020
2020Winter recess
Note: includes UA Week (6 - 12 July 2020)
StartMon 22 June 2020 End

Sun 26 July 2020

2020Orientation StartMon 20 July 2020 EndFri 24 July 2020
2020Semester 2 StartMon 27 July 2020 EndSun 22 Nov 2020
2020UA common vacation week StartMon 28 September 2020 EndSun 4 October 2020
2020Central Examinations period StartMon 2 November 2020 EndSun 15 November 2020

Approved by Academic Board 11 July 2018

Academic Year 2020 (Extended Version)


2021 Start End
Orientation Mon 22 February 2021 Fri 26 February 2021
Semester 1 Mon 1 March 2021 Sun 27 June 2021
UA Common Vacation Week Mon 5 April 2021 Sun 11 April 2021
Examinations period Mon 7 June 2021 Sun 27 June 2021
Winter recess
Note: includes UA Week (5 - 11 July 2021)
Mon 28 June 2021 Sun 1 August 2021
Orientation Mon 19 July 2021 Fri 23 July 2021
Semester 2 Mon 26 July 2021 Sun 21 Nov 2021
UA Common Vacation Week Mon 27 September 2021 Sun 3 October 2021
Examinations period Mon 1 November 2021 Sun 21 November 2021

Approved by Academic Board 26 June 2019

Academic Year 2021 (Extended Version)

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University experience dates 2020

Tuesday, 29 September

Wednesday 30 September

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Thursday 1 October

Friday 30 September

Friday 2 October

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Virtual Open day

Our Virtual Open Days have wrapped up for 2020, but we’re still here to help.

If you’re still deciding about your next step with ACU or have further questions, we have plenty of useful information to help you on your journey to university.

Visit Open Day to access recordings of the live events that we held and to learn more about all of the courses we offer.

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Public holidays

View a list of public holidays and find out which campuses are closed during these periods.

Public holidays 2020

Event Date Campuses affected
EventNew Year Holiday Date1 January 2020 Campuses affectedAll
EventAustralia Day Date26 January 2020 Campuses affectedAll
EventLabour Day (VIC), Canberra Day (ACT), Adelaide Cup (SA) Date9 March 2020 Campuses affectedAdelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne
EventGood Friday Date10 April 2020 Campuses affectedAll
EventEaster Monday Date13 April 2020 Campuses affectedAll
EventAnzac Day Date25 April 2020 Campuses affectedAll
EventLabour Day (QLD) Date4 May 2020 Campuses affectedBrisbane
EventReconciliation Day (ACT) Date1 June 2020 Campuses affectedCanberra
EventQueen's Birthday (ACT/NSW/SA/VIC) Date8 June 2020 Campuses affectedAdelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield
EventRoyal National Show (QLD) Date12 August 2020 Campuses affectedBrisbane
EventLabour Day (ACT/NSW/SA), Queen's Birthday (QLD) Date5 October 2020 Campuses affectedAdelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, North Sydney, Strathfield
EventAFL Grand Final Day (VIC)
*Subject to AFL Schedule
Date23 October 2020 Campuses affectedBallarat, Melbourne
EventMelbourne Cup (VIC) Date3 November 2020 Campuses affectedBallarat, Melbourne
EventChristmas Day Date25 December 2020 Campuses affectedAll
EventBoxing Day (ACT/NSW/QLD/VIC) Proclamation Day (SA) Date26 December 2020 Campuses affectedAll

Where to go for other important dates

Couldn’t find what you wanted on the calendar? You can find other important dates and event deadlines below. 


Application deadlines

Stay on top of the closing dates for new courses, readmission, deferring your studies, or changing courses or campuses - you might miss out or face penalties if you don't.

Check deadlines 

Census dates

Make sure you're aware of the census date, which is your last day for changing your enrolment.

See the next census dates 

Semester, term and trimester dates

Learn about our standard and non-standard teaching and study periods, including semesters, trimesters and professional terms.

View our study periods 

University handbook

Use our handbook's list of principal dates if you need an overview of fee due dates and census dates for different terms and semesters.

Access our Handbook 2020  

Study abroad and exchange

Looking to spend some time studying overseas? Learn about application timeframes, course lengths and other important dates and times so you can plan your travel.

Read study abroad and exchange dates 

English and pathway programs

Find out about the intake dates for our English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS), taught by the ACU Centre for Languages.

Browse English and pathway program dates 

July School

Access study dates and application timeframes for our July School, an excellent short course study experience you can do over your July vacation.

Discover July School


If you're looking to graduate or attend the ceremony of a loved one, find future graduation ceremony dates and venue information in our graduation section.

Learn about upcoming graduations 

Important dates for current students

If you’re already studying with us, you can access a comprehensive list of important dates and timetable information.

Course timetable

Need help with your timetable? Learn about your schedule, view class locations and understand campus names and codes by visiting our course timetable page.

Go to course timetable

Current student dates

Using the student portal, you can access the following important dates, filterable by campus: 

  • fee due dates
  • enrolment deadlines
  • study periods 
  • allocation dates 
  • results release dates. 

View important dates for current students

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