Key dates and deadlines for university

Key dates and deadlines for university.

When students in New South Wales and Victoria get to Year 12, there’s a lot happening. There are decisions to be made that affect the present and the future, and there’s the matter of the HSC or VCE to contend with.

So it can be a bit of a struggle to, literally, keep up to date with events that happen throughout the year.

Here’s a handy guide to some of the key dates that Year 12 students need to be aware of over the 12 months from April 2018. (Please note that some dates towards the end of the year have yet to be officially confirmed, but we’ll give you a good idea of when they occur.)

February to April

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April to July – CSU MyDays

At the start of 2018, Year 12 students will begin to seriously consider their post-school futures, with a university degree one of the main options.

But they might not really know what studying at university is like. That’s why Charles Sturt University (CSU) runs a series of events at each of our six campuses to give students a taste of what university is really like. They come on campus and attend information sessions about course areas they’re interested in, as well as find out about accommodation, support and everything else we offer. In 2018, the CSU MyDay dates are:

  • 16 and 17 April – Wagga Wagga
  • 19 April – Orange
  • 20 April – Bathurst
  • 15 June – Bathurst
  • 19 June – Port Macquarie
  • 27 June – Albury-Wodonga
  • 5 July – Dubbo
  • 6 July – Wagga Wagga.

All the latest info can be found at CSU MyDay.

2 May – HSC written exam timetable released

This is when Year 12 students will learn the structure of their exam schedule, which can help them plan their revision timetable.


The VCE exam timetable is also released in May, although the 2018 date is yet to be confirmed.

June – VTAC midyear offer rounds

VTAC has two rounds each year when students in Victoria or those wishing to attend institutions on the border, such as CSU in Albury-Wodonga, can apply to university courses. The midyear round happens in June.

August–September – Main round of VTAC applications

The second round of applications via VTAC.

August–September – Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) applications via UAC

Some tertiary institutions in New South Wales are part of the Schools Recommendation Schemes. Students can apply for this scheme via UAC, and participating institutions then assess each application on criteria other than the expected ATAR. As the name suggests, one of the criteria is a statement of recommendation by the student’s school. The student’s contribution to school or community life is also taken into account. Successful applicants could receive an offer of a place at university before their ATAR is released.

Late September – Applications to UAC and VTAC to avoid late fee

Students wishing to begin university study in Session 1 of 2019 need to submit their university course applications to their respective application bodies by a defined date in late September in order to avoid a late application processing fee. All applications to UAC and VTAC require a fee, but the cost rises after this date (which is usually in the final week of the month; in 2017 the date was 29 September).

18 October–9 November – HSC written exams

The business end of things.

31 October–21 November – VCE written exams

When all that revision planning pays off.

Mid-December – HSC and VCE results released

The dates for 2018 have yet to be confirmed, but they are likely to be 13 December for HSC results and 14 December for VCE results.

Mid-December – ATARs released

The ATAR results – the rankings of Year 12 students’ exam performance in relation to their peers – typically takes place the day after the exam results are released. A student can access their ATAR ranking via their respective application website: UAC or VTAC.

Late December – Main Round offers released UAC

Students can apply for courses via UAC throughout the year. However, the second round of offers in December is often referred to as the ‘Main Round’ because it is the round of offers that comes soonest after the release of the ATARs, with offers for places on courses usually being made 4–5 days after the ATAR results are published. Students typically have two days from the ATAR release date to change their course preferences with UAC for courses in this round of offers.

January–February – VTAC offer rounds

There are five rounds of offers for places on university courses through VTAC during January and February.

February – CSU O Week

Once students have been through the revision, exams, the tension of the results and the acceptance of an offer on a course, it’s time to start university life. Before the actual study session begins, CSU runs an orientation week (or O Week) to help all students – studying on campus and online – feel at home. It’s a chance to settle into uni life, meet academics and fellow students, attend academic preparation workshops and explore the learning facilities. Plus have a lot of fun along the way!

Dates for your diary

Never be caught out again when you have easy access to our full list of important dates. You can also keep on top of upcoming events or check out our Future Students Facebook for everything you need to know about about starting at uni.