3. How to withdraw

Withdrawing from a course 

The date you withdraw determines whether you are financially liable for a course and whether any academic penalties apply.

Click one of the below to find out how to withdraw:

Before Census Date

I want to withdraw on, or before, Census Date.

You won’t face any academic penalties and you won’t be financially liable for any courses.

Courses will be deleted from your studies report and your academic transcript.

Use mySI-net to withdraw from courses

After Census Date

I want to withdraw:
  • after Census Date, and
  • on, or before, the final date to withdraw from courses without academic penalty.

You won’t face any academic penalties, but you will retain financial liability for the course. This means you will still have to pay fees, or if you have a HELP loan, you will incur a debt.

A grade of ‘W’ will be listed next to the course on your studies report. It won’t be listed on your official academic transcript.

A ‘W’ won’t affect your grade point average.

In special circumstances you can apply to have your financial liability removed.

Use mySI-net to withdraw from courses


I want to withdraw:
  • after the final date to withdraw from courses without academic penalty, and
  • before the first day of the examination period.

You will withdraw with academic penalty. You will also retain financial liability for the course. This means you will still have to pay fees, or if you have a HELP loan, you will incur a debt.

A grade of ‘K’ will be listed on your studies report and on your academic transcript. For the purposes of calculating your grade point average, a ‘K’ is a zero.

In certain circumstances you can:

  • apply to withdraw without academic penalty – before grades are finalised, and
  • have your financial liability removed.

Use mySI-net to withdraw from courses


I want to withdraw:
  • after the first day of the examination period, and
  • before the finalisation of grades.

You will be awarded a grade based on any assessment you have completed. You will also retain financial liability for the course. This means you will still have to pay fees, or if you have a HELP loan, you will incur a debt.

In certain circumstances you can:

  • apply to withdraw without academic penalty – before grades are finalised, and
  • have your financial liability removed.

Use mySI-net to withdraw from courses


I want to withdraw after the finalisation of grades.

Once your grades are finalised – and if you haven’t already used mySI-net to withdraw from your courses – you will be awarded a grade based on any assessment you have completed.

You will also retain financial liability for the course. This means you will still have to pay fees, or if you have a HELP loan, you will incur a debt.

There are very limited opportunities to change final grades.

If you meet strict eligibility criteria, you can:

  • apply to withdraw without academic penalty – after grades are finalised, and
  • have your financial liability removed.

Withdrawing from a program

If you want to cancel your enrolment and withdraw from your studies completely, do the following:

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students: Meet with your faculty or visit a Student Centre to discuss your options.
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students: use mySI-net to withdraw from all your courses.
  • HDR students: contact the Graduate School.

The date you withdraw from all your courses will determine whether any financially liability or academic penalty applies.

See "Withdrawing from a Course" at the top of this page for more information. 

In some circumstances, withdrawing from a program may be counted as an interruption. Please talk to staff in your faculty, or in the Student Centre, for advice.