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The census date is the last day you can submit your Request for Commonwealth assistance form (to access a Commonwealth supported place or a HELP loan) or withdraw your enrolment without incurring the fees or a HELP debt. If you do not submit your form by the census date, you will not be eligible to access a HELP loan for that study period.
The census date must be at least 20% of the way through the study period for that unit. Each provider is responsible for setting their own census dates, so this date will vary across different courses and different providers.
For Commonwealth supported students only – if you do not submit your form by the census date, your provider will cancel your enrolment as a Commonwealth supported student and you will have to wait until the next study period to re-apply.Return to top
Some providers also set an administrative date by which they want you to submit your form, pay your fees or withdraw your enrolment. The administrative date will be earlier than the census date. If you miss the administrative date, you may have to pay a late enrolment fee or a late withdrawal fee, but you can still submit your Request for Commonwealth assistance form or withdraw from a unit by the census date without incurring the full cost or debt for the unit.
You should check with the student administration area of your provider to see if they have an administrative date as well as a census date.
For Commonwealth supported students only – if your provider has set an administrative date rather than the census date for acceptance of the offer of a Commonwealth supported place and submission of your form, you must have it in by this date, otherwise you will not be enrolledt as a Commonwealth supported student and you will have to wait until the next study period to re-apply.Return to top
How do I find out the census and/or administrative dates?
The census and administrative dates will be published, usually on your provider’s website, for the various units you are enrolling in. If you can’t find the right dates, you should check with the student administration area of your provider.Return to top