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.


2019 Start End
International Orientation Mon 11 February 2019 Fri 15 February 2019
Orientation Mon 18 February 2019 Fri 22 February 2019
Semester 1 Mon 25 February 2019 Sun 23 June 2019
UA common vacation week Mon 22 April 2019 Sun 28 April 2019
Central Examinations period Mon 3 June 2019 Sun 16 June 2019
Winter recess
Note: includes UA Week (8 - 14 July 2019)
Mon 24 June 2019 Sun 28 July 2019
International Orientation Mon 22 July 2019 Fri 26 July 2019
Orientation Mon 22 July 2019 Fri 26 July 2019
Semester 2 Mon 29 July 2019 Sun 24 November 2019
UA common vacation week Mon 30 September 2019 Sun 6 October 2019
Central Examinations period Mon 4 November 2019 Sun 17 November 2019

Approved by Academic Board 12 July 2017

Academic Year 2019 (Extended Version)


2020 Start End
Orientation Mon 17 February 2020 Fri 21 February 2020
Semester 1 Mon 24 February 2020 Sun 21 June 2020
UA common vacation week Mon 13 April 2020 Sun 19 April 2020
Central Examinations period Mon 1 June 2020 Sun 14 June 2020
Winter recess
Note: includes UA Week (6 - 12 July 2020)
Mon 22 June 2020

Sun 26 July 2020

Orientation Mon 20 July 2020 Fri 24 July 2020
Semester 2 Mon 27 July 2020 Sun 22 Nov 2020
UA common vacation week Mon 28 September 2020 Sun 4 October 2020
Central Examinations period Mon 2 November 2020 Sun 15 November 2020

Approved by Academic Board 11 July 2018

Academic Year 2020 (Extended Version)

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University experience dates 2019

Campus Date
Canberra 1 October

Open day

We’re throwing open the doors to our main campuses across five weekends in 2019. Come join us, meet fellow students and learn about your many study opportunities.

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Open Day dates 2019

Campus Date
Brisbane 27 July
Melbourne 11 August
North Sydney 24 August
Ballarat 25 August
Canberra 31 August
Strathfield 7 September

Public holidays

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

Public holidays 2019

Event Date Campuses affected
New Year Holiday 1 January 2019 All
Australia Day 28 January 2019 All
Labour Day (VIC), Canberra Day (ACT), Adelaide Cup (SA) 11 March 2019 Adelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne
Good Friday 19 April 2019 All
Easter Monday 22 April 2019 All
Anzac Day 25 April 2019 All
Labour Day (QLD) 6 May 2019 Brisbane
Reconciliation Day (ACT) 27 May 2019 Canberra
Queen's Birthday (ACT/NSW/SA/VIC) 10 June 2019 Adelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield
Royal National Show (QLD) 14 August 2019 Brisbane
AFL Grand Final Day (VIC)
* Subject to AFL Schedule
27 September 2019 Ballarat, Melbourne
Labour Day (ACT/NSW/SA), Queen's Birthday (QLD) 7 October 2019 Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, North Sydney, Strathfield
Melbourne Cup (VIC) 5 November 2019 Melbourne
Ballarat Show Holiday (VIC) 8 November 2019 Ballarat
Christmas Day 25 December 2019 All
Boxing Day (ACT/NSW/QLD/VIC) Proclamation Day (SA) 26 December 2019 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 2019  

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.

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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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