2023 research important dates

2023 key academic dates and deadlines for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students.

You are required to enrol into both coursework and research courses during your candidature. Census dates for coursework are based on the class start and end date and are not published here. You can find your coursework census dates listed in Enrolment Online.

Event or deadline Date
University closedown 25 December 2022 - 2 January 2023
New Year's Day 1 January 
New Year's Day public holiday 2 January
RMIT University reopens 3 January
Australia Day 26 January
Research Quarter 1
Classes begin 1 February
Labour Day public holiday 13 March 
Census date 31 March
Good Friday public holiday 7 April
Easter Monday public holiday 10 April
Easter Tuesday RMIT holiday 11 April
Anzac Day 25 April
Classes end  30 April
Research Quarter 2
Classes begin 1 May
Queen's Birthday public holiday 12 June 
Census date 30 June
Classes end 31 July
Research Quarter 3 
Classes begin 1 August
AFL Grand Final public holiday 29 September (TBC)
Census date 30 September
Last day to apply to graduate and confirm attendance at the 2023 Melbourne Graduation Ceremony  29 October
Classes end 31 October
Research Quarter 4
Classes begin 1 November
Melbourne Cup Day public holiday 7 November 
Melbourne Graduation Ceremony 13 December (Wednesday)
RMIT closed 23 December - 1 January 2024
Christmas Day 25 December 
Boxing Day 26 December 
Census date 31 December
New Year’s Day 1 January 2024
RMIT University re-opens 2 January 
Classes end 31 January
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