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MyCQU - Key dates

Key dates

Key Dates are the academic dates for each term, including dates like the Census date, Last Day to Add Units, Mid-term break, Exam Week and so on. It's important that you understand these dates and note them when planning your study schedule.

To view Key Dates for the current term, visit the CQUni Handbook. From here, you can view the dates in an interactive online display or on a printable PDF document.

The Plan My Study section of the CQUni Handbook includes resources to help plan your study schedule, including planners, calendars and discount software.

Key dates explained

Last day to add

Last day to add is the deadline for adding units for the current term. If you do not enrol in a unit by this date, you will be unable to add the unit for that specific term. This is also the last date to swap units. After this date you cannot swap from one unit to another for that specific term.

Census date

Census date is the most important date of the term. This is the date in each term when the University counts enrolments for reporting to the Australian Government.

For students, Census date is the last day to:

  • Withdraw from one or more units without financial and academic penalties;
  • Submit Commonwealth Assistance Forms (HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP,SA-HELP);
  • Cancel your course without financial liability and academicpenalty;
  • Apply for a leave of absence;
  • Change your citizenship status;
  • Provide your Tax File Number on a Commonwealth Assistance Form (eligible students only); and
  • Make an upfront Student Contribution (HECS) payment.

Census date is also the due date for Tuition Fees, Student Contributions and the Student Services and Amenities fee for those students who are not eligible to defer their debt. Find out more about Census date at

Deferred and Supplementary Examinations

If you have been granted a Deferred examination (DE) or a Supplementary examination (SE) for the previous term, this is when you will sit your exam. Please ensure that you check your personal exam schedule.

Standard Examinations

Standard examinations are one to two weeks, when exams for the term are held. Please ensure that you check your personal exam schedule.

Certification of Grades

Certification of Grades is the date each term when grades become official and are released to students in MyCentre.

Conferral date

Conferral date is the date on which you are officially conferred with your award. This date will be printed onto your testamur (certificate) and academic history and is the date when you are officially recognised as a CQUniversity graduate.

You cannot register for graduation until you have been conferred with your degree.