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.


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 25 July 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)

Experience uni before you start

We run a range of events throughout the year to help you with your study options. Explore what’s on offer below.

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Join us at Open Day

Deciding what to study is a pretty momentous decision. That’s why we run Open Day – it’s everything you need, in one place, to help you make your choice.

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Public holidays

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

Public holidays 2021

Event Date Campuses affected
New Year Holiday 1 January 2021 All
Australia Day 26 January 2021 All
Labour Day (VIC), Canberra Day (ACT), Adelaide Cup (SA) 8 March 2021 Adelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne
Good Friday 2 April 2021 All
Easter Monday 5 April 2021 All
Anzac Day 25 April 2021 All
Labour Day (QLD) 3 May 2021 Brisbane
Reconciliation Day (ACT) 31 May 2021 Canberra
Queen's Birthday (ACT/NSW/SA/VIC) 14 June 2021 Adelaide, Ballarat, Blacktown, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield
Royal National Show (QLD) 11 August 2021 Brisbane
AFL Grand Final (VIC) 24 September 2021 Ballarat, Melbourne
Labour Day (ACT/NSW/SA), Queen's Birthday (QLD) 4 October 2021 Adelaide, Blacktown, Brisbane, Canberra, North Sydney, Strathfield
Melbourne Cup (VIC) 2 November 2021 Ballarat, Melbourne
Christmas Day 25 December 2021 All
Boxing Day (ACT/NSW/QLD/VIC) Proclamation Day (SA) 26 December 2021 All

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.

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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 2021  

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.

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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.

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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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