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.


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 23 March 2020 Sun 29 March 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)


2021 Start End
International Welcome and Enrolment Mon 15 February 2021 Fri 19 February 2021
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 1 August 2021
International Welcome and Enrolment Mon 19 July 2021 Fri 23 July 2021
Orientation Mon 26 July 2021 Fri 30 July 2021
Semester 2 Mon 2 August 2021 Sun 28 Nov 2021
UA Common Vacation Week Mon 27 September 2021 Sun 3 October 2021
Examinations period Mon 8 November 2021 Sun 28 November 2021

Approved by Academic Board 26 June 2019

Academic Year 2021 (Extended Version)

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University experience dates 2020

Tuesday, 29 September

Wednesday 30 September

North Sydney
Thursday 1 October

Friday 30 September

Friday 2 October

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Virtual 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 make your choice. 

This year we are running Virtual Open Days, so you can join us online from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Open Day 1

Saturday 29

9am – 3pm


Open Day 2

Saturday 5

9am – 3pm


Open Day 3

Saturday 12

9am – 3pm


You can join any Open Day, no matter what or where you’re interested in studying. Each Open Day will offer similar programs – so you don’t need to attend more than one. We have simply provided multiple events so you can choose the date that best suits your schedule. Can’t make it to any? You’ll be able to access the live recordings after the events.

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Public holidays

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

Public holidays 2020

Event Date Campuses affected
New Year Holiday 1 January 2020 All
Australia Day 26 January 2020 All
Labour Day (VIC), Canberra Day (ACT), Adelaide Cup (SA) 9 March 2020 Adelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne
Good Friday 10 April 2020 All
Easter Monday 13 April 2020 All
Anzac Day 25 April 2020 All
Labour Day (QLD) 4 May 2020 Brisbane
Reconciliation Day (ACT) 1 June 2020 Canberra
Queen's Birthday (ACT/NSW/SA/VIC) 8 June 2020 Adelaide, Ballarat, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney, Strathfield
Royal National Show (QLD) 12 August 2020 Brisbane
AFL Grand Final Day (VIC)
* Subject to AFL Schedule
TBC Ballarat, Melbourne
Labour Day (ACT/NSW/SA), Queen's Birthday (QLD) 5 October 2020 Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, North Sydney, Strathfield
Melbourne Cup (VIC) 3 November 2020 Melbourne
Ballarat Show Holiday (VIC) TBC Ballarat
Christmas Day 25 December 2020 All
Boxing Day (ACT/NSW/QLD/VIC) Proclamation Day (SA) 26 December 2020 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 2020  

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.

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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