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Census date: advice and support

Published: 23rd August 2022

A friendly reminder that census date for Semester 2 (S2), 2022 is Monday 29 August.

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What is a Murdoch census date and why is it important?

A census date is the last date that you can withdraw from a unit within a particular teaching period without incurring fees or having the unit appear on your academic transcript.

It is also the date when the Commonwealth notice is finalised for domestic students on a Commonwealth supported place, which means it’s the final date to make payment or complete a Commonwealth Assistance Form to defer your fees (e.g. HECS-HELP), if you are eligible.

When is the census date?

You can view all census dates on the teaching periods page.

Notable 2022 census dates:

  • The census date for Semester 2 (S2), 2022 is Monday 29 August 2022.
  • The census date for Trimester 3 (T3), 2022 is Monday 19 September 2022.

If you're studying cross-institutionally, you'll need to ensure you familiarise yourself with the host university's census dates.

Do I need to record my USI before census?

If you are a domestic student with a course commencement from 01 January 2021 you must record a valid Unique Student Identifier (USI) in MyMurdoch before the Census date to access your Commonwealth Supported Place or any HELP loans.  

If you commenced before 2021 you will need to register a USI before you can graduate.

As a student accessing Commonwealth Support, what does withdrawing after census mean for me?

Your Commonwealth supported place and its benefits remain intact as long as you fulfil the requirements under the Job-ready graduates package. One of these is that you are required to maintain a completion rate of at least 50%. You can read more about the Job-ready graduates package here.

Withdrawing from a unit after the census date will incur the usual penalties and this will also count in the calculation of your completion rate.

I am thinking about withdrawing, where can I get help?

If you are thinking of withdrawing from units or reducing your study load, help is available.

For unit-specific advice, we encourage you to reach out to your Unit Coordinators.

For more general support with your studies, we encourage you to reach out to myMurdoch Advice to discuss your options. Our friendly advisors can help you make an informed decision that takes into consideration your study goals, wellbeing and personal circumstances.

You can discontinue/withdraw from units from the MyInfo self enrolment steps under the ‘units’ step.

What about fee refunds?

Please refer to our refund of fees advice page.

International students studying through our Australian campuses need to refer to the refund conditions provided with their offer letter.

Students studying at Murdoch Singapore, Dubai or Myanmar must refer to their agreement with the partner institution.