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If you withdraw from a unit after the census date, academic and financial penalties my apply, dependent on when you withdraw.

In normal circumstances, you are not entitled to a refund of fees after the census date of a unit has passed. However, if you are able to demonstrate that special circumstances beyond your control impacted you after the applicable census date, and caused you to withdraw late or to fail your unit, you may apply for a remission of the relevant debt and academic penalty.

Your application will undergo an assessment, which is undertaken by a Remissions Officer acting as the delegate for the Commonwealth Department of Education Secretary for remissions and/or re-credit applications. The assessment will cover both the removal of the academic and financial penalty relating to the units you have specified on your application.

Government regulations stipulate that you should receive your outcome within 60 days, however we endeavour to process applications as quickly as possible, particularly when the relevant supporting documentation has been provided.

For information regarding the supporting documentation you will need to provide, please read through the Remission Application Guide and Form (PDF 255.2 KB).

If you wish to apply for remission of debt you need to complete the forms below:

If you have any questions about the process or require further information please contact the Fees Unit.

For more information relating to the remission of debt please see: Student Fees Policy (section 3: Refund of fees and remission of debt).


The University will refund all or part of your fees on the following basis:

  • the unit does not commence on the published start date
  • the unit commences but is not offered to completion

You will have two options:

  1. Apply for a refund, or
  2. Do nothing and elect to have the credit amount transferred to the next semester's fees liability.

Refunds will be paid within 4 weeks after receipt of your completed Request for Refund application: