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Here you will find all significant dates, including when to apply, enrol or withdraw for the course of your choice. There's also TAFE holidays and term breaks, school terms and public holidays.

Semester 1, 2024 applications

Please note Unless indicated, the following information relates to Vocational Education and Training (VET) studies.

Select this link for further information on how to apply and enrol

Applications for main intake, and change of preferences for all courses, are now closed. 

After this time, you can apply via our late or waitlist applications.

Note Late applications close Friday 15 December 2023

    You can change your preferences by logging in via
    Up to this date, you can:

    1. add new preferences, for any course;
    2. change the order of the preferences;
    3. cancel preferences; or
    4. change the campus of an existing preference.
    Competitive courses

    Wednesday 6 December 2023 
    Offers can be viewed online at and will be emailed from 12 pm. 

    Non-competitive courses

    1 September 2023 to 27 January 2024
    Offers are made throughout the intake for courses that are not competitive.
    Offers are available online at and will be emailed.

    Late applications open

    Saturday 4 November 2023

    Late applications will be accepted via for most courses, but some courses will no longer be available if filled through the main intake of applications. Students are encouraged to apply during the main intake to maximise the chance in gaining a place in their preferred course.

    Late applications close 

    Friday 15 December 2023

    Applications received after this date will be placed on the waitlist.

    Late applications (competitive courses)

    Wednesday 10 January to Friday 19 January 2024

    Offers for late applications will be released as main intake enrolments are completed and available places are known. Students who do not receive an offer during this time will be placed on the waitlist.

    Open Saturday 16 December 2023

    Waitlist applications will be accepted for courses not filled through the main intake and late applications. Not all courses will be available during this period, and applications will only be considered if places are still available.

    Close Friday 9 February 2024

    No further offers will be issued after this date, and students who missed out are encouraged to apply in Semester 2, 2024.

    The Census Date is the last date you can:

    • Withdraw from your units and apply for a refund on fees you have paid#
    • Submit an application for a VET Student Loan for your enrolment*
    • Withdraw from your units without incurring a Commonwealth loan debt.

    Please note

    #  Full refunds are only applicable to courses that are eligible for VET Student Loan.
    #  Partial refunds are applicable for certificate I – IV courses.
    *   VET Student Loan applications must be submitted at least 16 days prior to the census date for the first unit of your study and at least 16 days prior to the census date for subsequent units.


    Census dates may vary dependent upon what type of enrolment you have and when you enrolled.

    Please check your confirmed enrolment form for the actual Census Date for your unit/s. Your enrolment record can be accessed via the student portal  or on your enrolment summary sheet.

    The census date for each unit will be calculated at no less than 20% of the way through the delivery of a unit.


    Note Semester dates can vary between portfolios, so please check with your teaching area for exact dates.

    2023 Semester 1

    Term 1 30 January - 6 April (10 weeks)
    Term 2 17 April - 23 June (10 weeks)

    2023 Semester 2

    Term 3 17 July - 22 September (10 weeks)
    Term 4 2 October - 15 December (10 weeks)


    2024 Semester 1

    Term 1 29 January - 5 April (10 weeks)
    Term 2 15 April - 21 June (10 weeks)

    2024 Semester 2

    Term 3 15 July - 20 September (10 weeks)
    Term 4 30 September - 6 December (10 weeks)


    New Year's Day Sunday 1 January and Monday 2 January
    Australia Day Thursday 26 January
    Labour Day Monday 6 March
    Good Friday Friday 7 April
    Easter Sunday Sunday 9 April
    Easter Monday Monday 10 April
    Anzac Day Tuesday 25 April
    Western Australia Day Monday 5 June
    King's Birthday Monday 25 September
    Christmas Day Monday 25 December
    Boxing Day Tuesday 26 December


    New Year's Day Monday 1 January
    Australia Day Friday 26 January
    Labour Day Monday 4 March
    Good Friday Friday 29 March
    Easter Sunday Sunday 31 March
    Easter Monday Monday 1 April
    Anzac Day Thursday 25 April
    Western Australia Day Monday 3 June
    King's Birthday Monday 23 September
    Christmas Day Wednesday 25 December
    Boxing Day Thursday 26 December

    Dates may vary slightly from North Metropolitan TAFE. Further information and term dates for other years can be found on the Department of Education website.


    Term 1 Wednesday 1 February - Thursday 6 April 
    Term 2 Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June
    Term 3 Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September
    Term 4 Monday 9 October - Thursday 14 December



    Term 1 Wednesday 31 January - Thursday 28 March
    Term 2 Monday 15 April - Friday 28 June
    Term 3 Monday 15 July - Friday 20 September
    Term 4 Monday 7 October - Thursday 12 December




    26 January

    Survival Day

    • Known as “Australia Day”
    • 26 January 1788 is the day First Fleet commander Captain Arthur Phillip rowed ashore at Sydney Cove, raised the Union Jack and proclaimed British sovereignty over part of the continent in 1788.
    • First Nation’s mark this day as the day they survived British Colonisation.

    13 February

    National Apology Day

    • Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to Stolen Generations in 2008

    21 February

    International Mother Language Day

    • Pre-colonisation Australia had over 250 languages but the threat of language loss is a serious risk to First Nation’s people’s culture and heritage
    • It was made illegal for First Nations people to speak their mother tongue up until the 1970s due to government policy

    Third Thursday of March

    National Close the Gap Day

    • Closing the Gap is a National Agreement and commitment to the betterment of First Nations lives.

    21 March

    International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    • In Australia this is known as “Harmony Day” as Prime Minister John Howard did not believe Australia needed to actively combat racism – inherently denying racism existed in Australia.

    5 April, 1997

    “Bringing Them Home” Stolen Generations 1997 report was released. 

    • The report was the result of a national inquiry that investigated the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families. This marked a pivotal moment in the healing journey of many Stolen Generations members. It was the first time their stories—stories of being taken from their families—were acknowledged in such a way

    15 April, 1991

    Aboriginal Deaths in Custody report by the Royal Commission was released. 

    • On 10 August 1987 Prime Minister Hawke announced the formation of a Royal Commission to investigate the causes of deaths of Aboriginal people who were held in state and territory gaols.
    • The Royal Commission produced a number of reports, including individual reports for each death investigated. 
    • The final report, signed on 15 April 1991, made 339 recommendations.

    1 May, 1946

    Pilbara Aboriginal Stockmen’s Strike

    Hundreds of Aboriginal pastoral workers left their work for better pay and conditions in May 1946, paralysing sheep stations. The strike was organised with no phones or radios and lasted until 1949, the longest strike in Australia's history.

    26 May

    National Sorry Day

    • First “Sorry Day” was in 1998
    • Day to remember the removal of First Nations children from their families. The children affected are now known as the Stolen Generations.

    27 May

    Anniversary of the 1967 referendum

    • It changed the constitution to allow First Nations people to be counted in the census and to enable the Commonwealth government to make laws for First Nations people.

    29 May


    • 29 May 1992 was the launch of the Torres Strait Islander flag, designed by Bernard Namonk
    27 May – 3 June National Reconciliation Week
    • This week celebrations First Nations history and culture and is intended to create discussion and opportunity for non-First Nations Australia to reconcile with First Nations people.

    3 June

    Mabo Day

    • Celebrates the 1992 High Court decision thar rules in favour of Eddie Koiki Mabo and others who’s people had occupied the island of Mer in the Torres Strait prior to the British arrival
    • This historic decision effectively recognised the existence of native title rights and rejected the concept of terra nullius, which claimed Australia was a land belonging to no-one prior to British colonisation.

    11 June 1988

    Baruna Statement

    • Presented by First Nations people to Prime Minister Hawke.

    21 June, 2007

    Prime Minister John Howard declares the Northern Territory Intervention.

    • In June 2007, the federal government staged a massive intervention in the NT to "protect Aboriginal children" from sexual abuse. Without consultation Aboriginal peoples' lives were heavily regulated, and many felt ashamed and angry.
    • Despite wide-spread protests the intervention was extended until 2022.

    First week of July

    NAIDOC Week

    • Celebration of the history, culture and achievements of First Nation’s people.

    4 August

    National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

    • Celebration of First Nation’s children
    • August 4th was the recorded birthday of many children they took away from their parents
    • There is also a focus now on prevalent themes in First Nation’s children’s lives such as poverty, education access

    9 August

    UN’s International Day of Indigenous Peoples

    • The goal is to strengthen international awareness and cooperation for solutions to the problems faced by First Nations people in human rights, development, health, etc.

    First Wednesday of September

    Indigenous Literacy Day

    • Opportunity to fundraise and advocate for remote communities to have equal access to literacy resources.

    26 October 1985


    • Uluru is returned to Traditional Owners.

    30 October 1975

    Racial Discrimination Act takes effect.

    • The Act makes racial discrimination in certain contexts unlawful in Australia, and also overrides state and territory legislation to the extent of any inconsistency.