If you are thinking of withdrawing from your units or your course, we encourage you to consider the options available to you and seek additional support.

Before withdrawing

Before you make the decision to withdraw from a unit or your course you need to consider the effect it will have on your enrolment and other entitlements. To help make your decision you may want to seek advice on your options:

  • Study load

    If you withdraw from a unit and do not enrol in an additional unit you may not meet the required study load for your course or international student visa.

    If you are an international student you must be enrolled full time as a condition of your student visa. If there are exceptional circumstances you may be granted permission to reduce your study load. Refer to changing your study mode for more information.

  • Centrelink and travel concessions

    Centrelink and Transperth both accept 12 credit points per semester as a “full-time” load for benefits and concession rates.

    It is at the discretion of Centrelink/Transperth and any other third party agencies to allow benefits on enrolments less than 12 points.

  • Taking a break

    If you are considering withdrawing from all your units or your course, you may be able to apply for approved leave.

  • Academic records

    If you withdraw:

    • before the census date, the unit will not appear on your transcript and will not affect your grade point average (GPA)
    • after the census date but before the end of week 12 of semester, or its equivalent for non-standard teaching periods, 'WD' will appear on your transcript but will not affect your GPA
    • after week 12 of semester, the withdrawal is recorded as a fail, 'N' will appear on your transcript and the withdrawal will impact your GPA.
  • Fees

    If you withdraw:

    • before the census date you will not be liable for tuition fees – you can apply for a refund if you have paid your fees in advance
    • after the census date you are liable for your tuition fees.
  • Exceptional circumstances (retrospective withdrawal)

    If you are withdrawing due to exceptional circumstances you may be eligible to apply for a retrospective withdrawal.

Withdrawing from units

You can withdraw from a unit in MyInfo > Self Enrolment.

Withdrawing from a cross-institutional enrolment

If you are taking a unit at another university as part of a cross-institutional enrolment, you need to follow the host institution’s discontinue process. You must advise Murdoch through MyAnswers that your cross-institutional enrolment has been discontinued.

If you are studying a unit at Murdoch as the host university, you must follow the Murdoch withdrawal process and advise your home institution.

Withdrawing from university

If you withdraw from university, you must re-apply for admission to re-commence studying in the future.

If you decide to go ahead with withdrawing, you need to complete a withdrawal form. If you are enrolled in more than one course but only want to withdraw from one, please specify this on the form.

Higher Degree Research students cannot use this form. To withdraw, you must contact the Graduate Research Office.

Withdraw from Murdoch form

Withdrawing from Murdoch as an international student

Withdrawing will result in your Confirmation of Enrolment being cancelled. Murdoch does not issue, amend or cancel visas, however Murdoch has an obligation, under Section 19 of the ESOS Act, to advise the Department of Home Affairs of the change in enrolment status. This may result in your visa being cancelled.

If you are an international (onshore) student in your first semester of study at Murdoch, refer to the 'refund conditions and policy' provided with your offer letter.