Census dates

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Some information on this page has been amended due to operational changes made in light of COVID-19

The following amendments have been made to this page (last updated 28 Sept 2020):

  • Administrative dates: Semester 1, 2020 Census Date has been moved to 8 May. Withdrawn without failure (WD) grade will appear on a transcript when a course has been dropped after Census Date but before 10 June 2020.
  • Service processes and procedures:
    • The Withdrawn with Failure (WN) grade has been removed for 2020 
    • The Withdrawn without Failure (WD) grade for Semester 2, 2020 has been moved to 4 November 2020


What is Census Date?

Census dates are the basis of many university deadlines. If you are enrolled in a course once the course census date passes, you will remain liable for the full tuition and associated fees for that course.
The following standard census dates apply at ANU:
  • First Semester Census Date is 31 March 
    • Semester 1, 2020 Census Date was moved to 8 May. For more information, please visit this page
  • Second Semester Census Date is 31 August

Dropping courses in a semester

When a course is dropped

Result on transcript

On or before the course Census Date: 


- Semester 1 2020: 8 May 2020

- Semester 2 2020: 31 August 2020

No grade on transcript

After census date and the day before exams:


- Semester 1 2020: 10 June 2020


WD (Withdrawal without failure)


Changes to key dates in 2020

The Withdrawn with Failure (WN) date has been removed for 2020. 

The last day to withdraw from Semester 2, 2020 courses without failure (WD) is now Wednesday 4 November.

The Withdrawn with Failure (WN) date has been removed for Semester 2, 2020 to allow additional time for you to decide if you're comfortable with continuing to study your course/s without the pressure of academic penalty.

This means any course dropped by 4 November will show up on your academic transcript as a 'WD' grade. This will not affect your Grade Point Average (GPA).  You will also be financially liable for the course.

For more information or advice, please contact Student Central or your Academic College.

Dropping courses in Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring Session

For course census dates in non-standard sessions see Programs and Courses.

When a course is dropped

Result on transcript

On or before the course Census Date

No grade on transcript

On or before the last day of the course

WD (Withdrawal without failure)


Have any questions? 

If you have any questions about Census Date, please get in touch with Student Central