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.


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Keep current with our 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 calendar, or follow our links to find other important dates.

Academic calendar

Semester one 2018

Calendar Date
International orientation 12 February - 16 February
Orientation 19 February - 23 February
Semester one lectures begin 26 February
Universities Australia common vacation week 2 April - 8 April
Semester one lectures end 24 May
Study week 28 May - 3 June
Central examinations period 4 June - 17 June
Semester one ends 24 June
Winter recess (includes Universities Australia common vacation week, 2?6 July) 25 June - 29 July

Semester two 2018

Calendar Date
Orientation 23 July - 27 July
Semester two begins 30 July
Universities Australia common vacation week 24 September - 30 September
Semester two lectures end 28 October
Study week 29 - 4 November
Central examinations period 5 November - 18 November
Semester two ends 25 November

This calendar was approved by the Academic Board on 31 August 2016.

Modifications were approved by the Academic Board on 15 February 2017.

Experience the university

First impressions count. Don’t miss your chance to get a glimpse of the ACU study experience before you embark on your academic journey.

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University experience dates 2018

Campus Date
Melbourne 3 July
Ballarat 5 July
Brisbane 5 July
North Sydney 10 July
Canberra 11 July
Strathfield 12 July

Open day

We’re throwing open the doors to our main campuses across five weekends in 2018. Come join us, meet fellow students and learn about your many study opportunities.

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Open Day dates 2018

Campus Date
Brisbane 28 July
Melbourne 12 August
Canberra 25 August
Ballarat 26 August
North Sydney 1 September
Strathfield 8 September

Midyear open evenings

Discover our upcoming midyear open evening sessions. Come along and learn about course details, admission pathways and career opportunities – for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Register for your local campus <Link to 6.9.1 Events (Midyear Open Evening tag)>

Midyear open evening dates 2018

Event Date
Strathfield Midyear Open Evening 28 May
Melbourne Midyear Open Evening 29 May
Brisbane Midyear Open Evening 31 May
North Sydney Midyear Open Evening 7 June

Public holidays

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

Public holidays 2018

Event Date Campuses affected
New Year Holiday 1 January 2018 All
Australia Day 26 January 2018 All
Labour Day (VIC)Canberra Day (ACT)Adelaide Cup (SA) 12 March 2018 Adelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne
Good Friday 30 March 2018 All
Easter Monday 2 April 2018 All
Anzac Day 25 April 2018 All
Labour Day (QLD) 7 May 2018 Brisbane
Reconciliation Day (ACT) 28 May 2018 Canberra
Queen?s Birthday (ACT/NSW/SA/VIC) 11 June 2018 Adelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield
Royal National Show (QLD) 15 August 2018 Brisbane
Family and Community Day (ACT) 24 September 2018 Canberra
AFL Grand Final Day (VIC) 28 September 2018 Ballarat, Melbourne
Labour Day (ACT/NSW/SA)Queen's Birthday (QLD) 1 October 2018 Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, North Sydney, Strathfield
Melbourne Cup (VIC) 6 November 2018 Melbourne
Ballarat Show Holiday (VIC) 9 November 2018 Ballarat
Christmas Day 25 December 2018 All
Boxing Day (ACT/NSW/QLD/VIC)Proclamation Day (SA) 26 December 2018 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.

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 Handbook 2018  

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 English Language Centre.

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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