SAO Semester Dates

Semester dates for 2019:

  • Semester 1, 2019, will run from 4 March to 25 May
  • Semester 2, 2019, will run from 2 September to 23 November

S1-2019: Week 0 commences 25 February.
S2-2019: Week 0 commences 26 August.


Semester dates for 2020:

  • Semester 1, 2020, will run from 2 March to 23 May
  • Semester 2, 2020, will run from 31 August to 21 November

S1-2020: Week 0 commences 24 February.
S2-2020: Week 0 commences 24 August.



SAO runs 12 week semesters without a mid-semester break. SAO also has an introductory "Week 0" for students to explore their online classrooms and meet fellow classmates and instructors.

For the current Swinburne University academic calendar, follow this link.

Please note that technically SAO follows the Open Universities Australia study periods (denoted Study Period 1 - SP1 and Study Period 3 - SP3 for Semester 1 and Semester 2 respectively) and does not have a mid-semester break.

The census date is the date on which your enrolment requirements must be finalised. Swinburne University is required to report student liability information to the Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) by the specific census date. The census date is the last day with withdraw from a unit or course without financial penalty.

The semester 1, 2019 census date is 18 March 2019.
The semester 2, 2019 census date is 16 September 2019.


The semester 1, 2020 census date is 23 March 2020.
The semester 2, 2020 census date is 21 September 2020.

(Note that these are the Open Universities Australia census dates and apply to all SAO students, including those who are not enrolled via OUA.)
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