Current Students

Refund policy

This agreement and the availability of complaints and appeals processes do not remove the right of the student to take action under Australia's consumer protection laws.

All applications for a refund of fees should be sent, in writing, to:

The Associate Director, Student Administration, The University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009, Western Australia.

Unless otherwise stated, all refunds will be paid within 4 weeks from formal receipt of notification by the Associate Director.

  1. For Commencing and Continuing Students
  2. Cancellation of Course by UWA

For Commencing and Continuing Students

1.1 Total Refund

Tuition fees paid in advance are refundable, subject to any stated conditions which follow, in the event that:

  • A student’s application for a visa is unsuccessful; or 
  • An offer of a place is withdrawn; or 
  • The University is unable to provide the program (a program is a course of study comprising a defined number of units); or
  • Where a continuing student withdraws from the University prior to the first day of a teaching period, a full refund of fees paid in advance of that teaching period will apply.
  • However, if the offer was made on the basis of incorrect, incomplete or fraudulent information being supplied by the student, the University will retain administration expenses totaling $250 plus 5% of total course money received in respect of the student before the default day.

1.2 Partial Refund

  • Where a commencing student gives written notice of their withdrawal from the University not less than four weeks before the start of the first teaching period, all tuition fees paid are refundable less an administrative fee of 10% of the indicative tuition fee for the first teaching period or $1000, whichever is the lesser.
  • Where a commencing student gives written notice of their withdrawal from the University less than four weeks before the start of the first teaching period, the student will be eligible for a refund of 50% of the indicative tuition fee for the first teaching period less an administrative fee of 10% of the indicative tuition fee for the first teaching period or $1000, whichever is the lesser.
  • A commencing or continuing student who withdraws from the University for whatever reason after the start of the teaching period but no later than the Census Date for that teaching period, will be eligible for a refund of 50% of their fee liability based on their enrolment on the first day of the teaching period, less an administrative fee of 10% of the indicative tuition fee for the first teaching period or $1000, whichever is the lesser, for commencing students. The Census Date is a defined date in a teaching period by which enrolment must be finalised; please refer to http://www.studentadmin.uwa.edu.au/welcome/enrolment.
  • A student who changes their enrolment (unit/s or course) on or prior to the Census Date for the teaching period will have their fees adjusted automatically. Any credit due will be offset against any subsequent enrolment.

1.3 No Refund

  • A student who withdraws from a course of study at the University or from one or more units, for whatever reason after the Census Date for the teaching period.
  • No refund of fees will be given to a student who is requested to leave Australia because of a breach of their student visa conditions.
  • No refund of fees will be given to a student who is requested to leave the University due to a breach of the University's Statutes, Regulations and Policies.

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Cancellation of Course by UWA

In the event that UWA is unable to deliver a course in full, an affected student will be offered a full refund of all the course money paid to date. The refund will be paid to the student within two weeks of the day on which the University ceases to offer the course.

Alternatively, the student may be offered enrolment in a suitable course delivered by UWA at no extra cost. The student will have the right to choose either a full refund of course fees, or to accept a place in another course. If placement in another course is preferred, the student will be asked to sign a document to indicate that they have accepted the placement.
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