These procedures are governed by the Policy on the Construction and Application of the Common Academic Calendar.
2. Development of the common academic calendar
2.1 The Common Academic Calendar will be developed by the Office of the Academic Registrar, in consultation with the Academic Calendar Committee.
2.2 Where possible, and subject to Section 4.2 of the Policy, the Academic Calendar Committee will follow the methodology of Universities Australia for determining Week 1 of the first standard study period.
2.3 Common vacation weeks will be set in accordance with the dates published by Universities Australia.
2.4 Study periods will be allocated dates in accordance with Section 4.3 of the Policy.
2.5 Study periods will be allocated codes by Student Systems.
2.6 A census date will be set for each study period in accordance with the Higher Education Support Act. that is, “…no less than 20% of the way through the period during which the unit is undertaken”. This period includes mid-term break(s), study week(s) and formal examinations period(s).
2.7 For standard study periods the census dates will be set at 31 March and 31 August.
2.8 For non-standard standard study periods, the census date will normally be the Monday of Week 6 of the study period.
2.9 Student administration will allocate the following key dates for each study period:
Last date to enrol, consistent with the Academic Regulations
Earliest commencing date
Usual commencing date (in the case of standard study periods)
Latest commencing date (at least a week prior to census date for the study period)
Latest finishing date
2.10 The Common Academic Calendar will be produced in the format set out at Schedule 1 to these Procedures and published on the ACU website.
2.11 Details of study periods and associated key dates will be produced in the format set out at Schedule 1 to these Procedures and published on the ACU website.
2.12 Units will be allocated against study periods in accordance with the Guidelines for Offering Units.
3. Variation from the common academic calendar
3.1 Variations from the Common Academic Calendar will be considered in accordance with Section 5 of the Policy.
3.2 Normally, variation from the Common Academic Calendar will only be approved where necessitated by professional experience placement requirements.
3.3 Where it is approved that a course requires a standard study period of greater than seventeen weeks, commencement of that course specific study period should, where feasible, be brought forward, in advance of the usual commencement date, so as not to impact on the study period end date or examination period. Any such variation must be approved in accordance with Section 5.3 of the Policy.
3.4 Where such a variation is approved, the Common Academic Calendar will still provide the relevant timeline for application of the Academic Regulations and other University requirements.