What is Census Date?
A provider must set a census date for each unit of study during a year [HESA subsections 104-4(5) and 169-25(1)] in accordance with the Administration Guidelines (2012). The census date is important for a number of reasons:
- Because it is the last date before which a person can withdraw from a unit of study and not incur a HELP debt in respect of that unit.
- Because it is the last date before which a person must submit requests for FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP.
- Because a person’s enrolment in a unit of study will be cancelled by the provider if that person fails to successfully submit a ‘request for Commonwealth assistance form’ by the census date; and
- Because it is the date after which any compassionate and compelling circumstances (see below) are taken to apply.
In addition, it is the last day to:
- provide your Tax File Number to WIN Higher Education (for domestic students only);
- provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI) to WIN Higher Education (required for domestic and international students);
- pay your tuition fee or student contribution if you are not deferring payment via a HELP loan (for domestic students only).