Census date: How to get it right

Census date: How to get it right
29 March 2021    Tammy Sofranic    0 comments
In case you forgot, the census date is sneaking right around the corner. So if you didn't think much about what units to drop or pursue, no need to stress. We've got you covered with everything you need to know and what steps to take to ensure you are making the right choices. 

So, what is a census date? 

To put it simply, Census Date is the last day to withdraw or drop a course without financial penalty. This means it's the last date that you can withdraw from a Trimester 1 unit without incurring the unit fee. If you’re considering adjusting your study load, or even taking the trimester off, then you will need to complete all of the withdrawal steps before 11:59pm on the 31st March, 2021.

If you drop a course after your Census Date you will still be required to pay for it, unless you apply for a Refund or Remission of Debt and your application is approved.

What do I need to do before the date? 

It's simple, you have to go through these 3 steps:

1. Reflect on your current studies 

Think about how are you managing your studies so far and how you feel about your courses. Some things to consider would be:
  • Have you experienced any changes in your life such as increased work hours, more sports activites or relocation?
  • How is your mental and physical health? If you have been struggling with either, or feel like it's been going downhill, maybe you need to slow down your pace and change your routine.
  • In case you have more time and energy to spare, consider including another unit.
  • How are you finding your current units? Are they in line with where you are aiming to get in the future? 
  • You should also have a better understanding of the requirements of your subject/s by this point. If you’re finding a particular subject more challenging than you’d anticipated, and feel you might need some additional support, it would be good to get in contact with your Unit Coordinator, the Academic Skills Office, or the Student Support Team to discuss the options available to you. 

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2. Make a plan

Now that you took into account your schedule, personal life, and what careers best suit you, it's time to rethink and make some plans and goals. If you are changing units, make a plan that covers how will you spend your time on a weekly basis. 

Here is a list of things to write down:
  • The units that you are cutting down because they are not relevant to your future career.
  • The new units you are considering to add.
  • The hours you will be putting in and how much downtime that will leave you. Make sure to carve out some time for yourself, family and friends, too. 

3. Action 

Finally, you are ready for that census date. Now you have your schedule sorted, you have a clear career direction in mind and chosen units to support that. All you have to do now is take action and make sure to do so before the set date, good luck! 


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