Calendars

Academic Calendars

See the full academic calendars for 2021.

Higher Education (Degrees)

Academic Calendar 2021 (Standard)

Degree courses operate on a standard HE Semester model.
(The Music degrees operate on a slightly different schedule to that below due to the inclusion of an extra music activities/collaboration week, and the Early Childhood degrees operate on a separate block schedule. Refer to separate course-specific schedules for those degrees).

HE Summer Semester

From

To

Activity

No. of weeks

Public Holidays

-up to Fri 18 Dec (2020)Enrolments-
Mon 21 Dec (2020)Fri 1 Jan (2021) Non-teaching2 weeksXmas & New Year period
Mon 4 JanFri 5 FebClasses5 weeksTues 26 Jan - Australia Day hol.
Mon 8 FebFri 12 FebAssessments1 week

HE Semester 1 

From

To

Activity

No. of weeks

Public Holidays

up to Fri 19 Feb

Enrolments-Tues 26 Jan - Australia Day hol.
Fri 12 Feb -Chinese New Year (not a public hol.)
Mon 15 FebFri 19 FebOrientation Week1 week
Mon 22 FebThurs 1 AprClasses6 weeksMon 8 Mar - Labour Day
Fri 2 Apr - Good Friday
Fri 2 AprFri 9 Apr Mid-semester Teaching Related Duties Period1 week

Fri 2 Apr - Good Friday
Mon 5 Apr - Easter Monday

Mon 12 AprFri 21 May (12 week sem); or Fri 28 May 13 week sem)Classes6 weeks or 7 weeksSun 25 Apr - ANZAC Day (no hol. in lieu)
Mon 24 May (12 week sem); or Mon 31 May (13 week sem)Fri 4 JunSWOT VAC2 weeks or 1 week
Mon 7 JunFri 18 JunExams/Assessments2 weeksMon 14 Jun - Queen's Birthday
Mon 21 JunFri 9 Jul Teaching Related Duties
Results collation, moderation,
meetings & progression
interviews, compliance activities,
planning & curriculum
development
3 weeks

HE Semester 2 

Mon 12 Jul

Fri 23 Jul

Teaching Related Duties
Progression interviews, resits, results & re-enrol
2 weeks
Mon 26 Jul

Fri 3 Sep

Classes6 weeks
Mon 6 Sep

Fri 10 Sep

Mid-semester Teaching Related Duties period1 week
Mon 13 Sep

Fri 22 Oct (12 week sem); or Fri 29 Oct (13 week sem)

Classes6 weeks or 7 weeks

Fri 24 Sep - Pre-Grand Final Day hol.
(Depending on AFL scheduling)

Mon 25 Oct (12 week sem); or Mon 1 Nov (13 week sem)

Fri 5 Nov

SWOT VAC2 weeks or 1 weekTues 2 Nov - Melbourne Cup Day
Mon 8 Nov

Fri 19 Nov

Exams/Assessments2 weeks
Mon 22 Nov

Fri 17 Dec

Teaching Related Duties
Results collation, moderation,
meetings & progression
interviews, compliance activities,
planning & curriculum
development
4 weeks
Mon 20 Dec

Mon 3 Jan (2022)

Non-Teaching2 weeksMon 27 Dec - Xmas Day (in lieu)
Tues 28 Dec - Boxing Day Holiday (in Lieu)
Mon 3 Jan (2022) - New Year's Day (In lieu)

Note - This is the standard academic calendar for Higher Education/degree level courses, (Early Childhood and Music degrees excepted), however some subjects may vary delivery around these dates, particularly where make-up classes are necessary, due to public holidays or other impacting circumstances.

2021 Census Dates (HE Only)

Teaching period

Description

Census Date

1HE Semester 1Fri 26 Mar 2021 
2HE Semester 2Fri 20 Aug 2021
3HE Semester 3 (Full-year units only)Fri 30 Apr 2021
4HE Summer semesterFri 15 Jan 2021

TAFE/VET courses only

Academic Calendar 2021

Summer Term

From

To

Activity

No. of weeks

Public Holidays

Mon 21 Dec (2020)Fri 1 Jan (2021)Non-Teaching2 weeksFri 25 Dec - Xmas Day
Mon 28 Dec - Boxing Day (in lieu)
Mon 4 JanFri 29 Jan Classes4 weeksTue 26 Jan - Australia Day Hol.

Semester 1 

From

To

Activity

No. of weeks

Public Holidays

Mon 4 Jan

Fri 22 Jan (VCE) or
Fri 29 Jan or
Fri 5 Feb (some courses)

Enrolments, compliance activities, planning & curriculum development.4 - 6 weeksTue 26 Jan - Australia Day Hol.
Wed 27 Jan - (VCE) or Mon 1 Feb (VET)Thurs 1 Apr Classes9 weeks (depending on start)

Fri 12 Feb - Chinese New Year (not a public Hol.)
Mon 8 Mar - Labour Day
Fri 2 Apr - Good Friday

Fri 2 AprFri 16 AprResults collation,
moderation,
compliance activities,
planning &
curriculum
development
2 weeksFri 2 Apr - Good Friday
Mon 5 Apr - Easter Monday
Mon 19 AprFri 25 Jun Classes10 weeks

Mon 14 Jun - Queen's Birthday

Mon 28 JunFri 9 JulResults collation,
moderation,
compliance activities,
planning &
curriculum
development
2 weeks

Semester 2 

Mon 21 Jun

Fri 9 Jul

Results, Enrolments & re-enrolments3 weeks
Mon 12 Jul

Fri 17 Sep

Classes10 weeks
Mon 20 Sep

Fri 1 Oct

Results collation,
moderation,
compliance activities,
planning &
curriculum
development
2 weeksFri 24 Sep - Pre-Grand Final Day Hol. (depending on AFL Scheduling)
Mon 4 Oct

Fri 26 Nov or Fri 3 Dec

Classes8 weeksTues 2 Nov - Melbourne Cup Day
Mon 29 Nov

Fri 17 Dec

Results collation,
moderation,
compliance activities,
planning &
curriculum
development
2 weeks-3 weeks (depending on start)
Mon 20 Dec

Mon 3 Jan (2022)

Non-teaching2 weeksMon 27 Dec - Xmas Day (in Lieu)
Tue 28 Dec - Boxing Day Holiday (In Lieu)
Mon 3 Jan (2022) - New Year's Day (In Lieu)

Please Note:

  • This is the standard academic calendar for VET level courses, however some courses may vary delivery around these dates.
  • Some courses may still run classes in non-teaching weeks.
  • In December classes are usually scheduled to finish in late November/early  December to allow for sufficient assessment time, results collation, moderation, compliance activities, planning & curriculum development.
  • Please check with relevant teaching faculty for specific course dates.

2020 Standard Census Dates for TAFE/VET Diploma/Advanced Diploma Courses only

Study period

Description

Census Date

1Semester 1Fri 26 Mar 2021
2Semester 2Fri 20 Aug 2021
3Semester 3 (Full-year units)Fri 30 Apr 2021
4Summer schoolWed 13 Jan 2021
T1Term 1 onlyFri 26 Feb 2021
T2Term 2 onlyFri 7 May 2021
T3Term 3 onlyFri 6 Aug 2021
T4Term 4 onlyFri 22 Oct 2021

Note:

  • The above census dates are for delivery across standard study periods. For units with non-standard delivery periods, alternate census dates may apply.
  • Please refer to separate academic calendars for Higher Education/Degree course census dates.

Early Childhood Degree Only

Academic Calendar 2021

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education operates on an 8 consecutive blocks per year basis (4 consecutive blocks per semester).

Semester 1

From

To

Activity

No. of weeks

Public Holidays

Census Date

Block 1
Sat 6 Feb
Thur 1 AprClasses
Assessments
4 weeks
4 weeks
Fri 12 Feb - Chinese New Year (Not a public Hol.)Fri 19 Feb
Block 2
Sat 13 Mar
Fri 7 May Classes
Assessments
4 weeks
4 weeks
Mon 8 Mar - Labour Day

Fri 26 Mar

Sat 3 AprFri 16 Apr

Teaching Related Duties Period
Results collation,
moderation, compliance
activities, planning &
curriculum development

2 weeksFri 2 Apr - Good Friday
Mon 5 Apr - Easter Monday
-
Block 3 Sat 24 AprFri 18 JunClasses
Assessments
4 weeks
4 weeks
Sun 25 Apr - ANZAC DayFri 7 May
Block 4 
Sat 29 May
Fri 23 JulClasses
Assessments
4 weeks
4 weeks
Mon 14 Jun - Queen's BirthdayFri 11 Jun
Mon 28 JunFri 23 JulMid-year Teaching Related Duties Period
Results collation,
moderation, compliance
activities, planning &
curriculum development
4 weeks

Semester 2 

From

To

Activity

No. of weeks

Public Holidays

Census Dates

Block 5
Sat 24 Jul

Fri 17 Sep

Classes
Assessments
4 weeks
4 weeks
-Fri 6 Aug
Block 6
Sat 28 Aug 
Fri 22 Oct Classes
Assessments
4 weeks
4 weeks
-Fri 10 Sep
Sat 18 SepFri 1 Oct Teaching Related Duties Period
Results collation,
moderation, compliance
activities, planning &
curriculum development
2 weeks

-

Fri 24 Sep - Pre-Grand Final Day Hol. TBC
(Depending on AFL Scheduling)
Block 7 Sat 2 Oct
Fri 26 NovClasses
Assessments

4 weeks 
4 weeks

Tue 2 Nov - Melb. Cup DayFri 15 Oct
Block 8
Sat 6 Nov
Fri 31 DecClasses
Assessments
4 weeks
4 weeks
-Fri 19 Nov
Sat 27 NovFri 17 DecEnd-Year processing
Results collation,
moderation, compliance
activities, planning &
curriculum development
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Mon 20 DecMon 3 Jan (2022)End-Year Non-Teaching--Mon 27 Dec - Xmas Day (In Lieu)
Tues 28 Dec - Boxing Day Holiday
Mon 3 Jan (2022)- New Year's Day Hol.

Higher Education Music Degrees

Academic Calendar 2021 (Music Only)

The Music degree courses operate on a Higher Education semester model with an extra activities week included each semester.

This calendar applies to:

Bachelor of Applied Business in Music IndustryGraduate Diploma in International Music Business
Bachelor of Applied Music - Audio ProductionGraduate Diploma of Music (Contemporary Practice)
Bachelor of Applied Music - CompositionMaster of International Music Business
Bachelor of Applied Music - PerformanceMaster of Music (Contemporary Practice)
Bachelor of Sound Production

HE Summer Semester

From

To

Activity

No. of weeks

Public Holidays

-up to Fri 18 Dec (2020)Enrolments-
Mon 21 Dec (2020)Fri 1 Jan (2021) Non-teaching2 weeksXmas & New Year period
Mon 4 JanFri 5 FebClasses5 weeksTue 26 Jan - Australia Day
Mon 8 FebFri 12 FebAssessments1 week

HE Semester 1 

From

To

Activity

No. of weeks

Public Holidays

up to Fri 19 Feb

Enrolments-Tue 26 Jan - Australia Day hol.
Fri 12 Feb - Chinese New Year (not a public hol.)
Mon 15 FebFri 19 FebOrientation Week1 week
Mon 22 FebThur 1 AprClasses6 weeksMon 8 Mar - Labour Day
Fri 2 Apr - Good Friday
Fri 2 AprFri 9 Apr Mid-Semester Teaching Related Duties Period1 week

Fri 2 Apr - Good Friday
Mon 5 Apr - Easter Monday

Mon 12 AprFri 16 AprActivites Week1 week

Music Collaboration Week

Tues 19 AprFri 28 May (12 week sem); or Fri 4 Jun (13 week sem)Classes6 weeks or 7 weeksSun 25 Apr - ANZAC Day (no hol. in lieu)
Mon 31 May (12 week sem)Fri 4 JunMake-up classes1 week
Mon 7 JunFri 11 JunSWOT VAC1 week
Tues 15 JunFri 25 JunExams/Assessments2 weeksMon 14 Jun - Queen's Birthday
Mon 28 JunFri 9 JulTeaching Related Duties
Results collation, moderation,
meetings & progression
interviews, compliance activities,
planning & curriculum
development
2 weeks

HE Semester 2 

Mon 12 Jul

Fri 23 Jul

Teaching Related Duties
Progression interviews, resits, results & re-enrol
2 weeks
Mon 19 Jul

Fri 23 Jul

Orientation Week (mid-year commencements only)1 week
Mon 26 Jul

Fri 3 Sep

Classes6 weeks
Mon 6 Sep

Fri 10 Sep

Mid-Semester Teaching Related Duties Period1 week
Mon 13 Sep

Fri 17 Sep

Activities Week1 weekMusic Collaboration Week
Mon 20 Sep

Fri 29 Oct (12 week sem); or Fri 5 Nov (13 week sem)

Classes6 weeks or 7 weeksFri 24 Sept - Pre-Grand Final Day hol. (Depending on AFL Scheduling)
Tues 2 Nov - Melbourne Cup Day
Mon 1 Nov (12 week sem)

Fri 5 Nov

Make-up classes1 weekTues 2 Nov - Melbourne Cup Day
Mon 8 Nov

Fri 12 Nov

SWOT VAC1 week
Mon 15 Nov

Fri 26 Nov

Exams/Assessments2 weeks
Mon 29 Nov

Fri 17 Dec

Teaching Related Duties
Results collation, moderation,
meetings & progression
interviews, compliance activities,
planning & curriculum
development
3 weeks
Mon 20 Dec

Mon 3 Jan (2022)

Non-Teaching2 weeks

Mon 27 Dec - Xmas Day (in lieu)
Tue 28 Dec - Boxing Day Holiday (In lieu)
Mon 3 Jan - New Year's Day (In Lieu)

Note - some subjects may vary delivery around these dates, particularly where make-up classes are necessary, due to public holidays or other impacting
circumstances.

2021 Census Dates (HE Only)

Teaching period

Description

Census Date

1HE Semester 1Fri 26 Mar 2021
2HE Semester 2Fri 20 Aug 2021
3HE Semester 3 (Full-year units)Fri 30 Apr 2021
4HE Summer semesterFri 15 Jan 2021