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 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:
- speak with a myMurdoch Advice student success advisor for general guidance about your studies
- talk with your academic chair to understand the implications of withdrawing and explore alternative options
- explore our learning and study resources to improve your study skills
- speak with a professional counsellor at the Counselling Service about any personal difficulties you may be experiencing
- get in touch with the Access and Inclusion Office for additional support relating to a disability or health condition, to speak to an Accessibility Advisor or for access to accessibility services
- If you are a Higher Degree Research student, reach out to the Graduate Research Office
- If you are a domestic student with a Commonwealth supported place and/or deferring your fees through a HELP loan, please be aware that withdrawing after the census date will still count towards your course completion rate. You will find more information here.
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.
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 First date for withdrawal with fail recorded for your teaching periods, 'WD' will appear on your transcript but will not affect your GPA
- after First date for withdrawal with fail recorded for your teaching periods, the withdrawal is recorded as a fail, 'N' will appear on your transcript and the withdrawal will impact your GPA.
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.
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.