Deferment and taking up a deferred offer FAQ
Download institutions' deferment policies.
Deferment means that you've received an offer to enrol in a course but have been given permission by the institution to delay the start of the course for a fixed period, usually six months or one year.
This means that if you receive an offer to study in 2014 and defer for one year, you'll start your studies in 2015. All deferments are granted subject to the course being offered the following semester or following year.
When you receive an offer to enrol in a course, information included with your offer will explain how to apply for deferment.
Most institutions will ask you to provide a statement to explain why you want to defer and what you'll be doing during this period.
If your deferment application is successful, you'll receive written confirmation of your deferment from your institution with instructions on how to re-apply for your deferred course.
It depends on the institution. For most institutions you need to re-apply directly to them – carefully read the instructions you received from your institution when you deferred.
Apply directly to the following institutions:
- APM College of Business and Communication
- Australian Catholic University
- Australian College of Applied Psychology
- Australian Maritime College
- Australian National University
- Billy Blue College of Design
- Charles Sturt University
- Griffith University
- International College of Management, Sydney
- Jansen Newman Institute
- La Trobe University
- Macleay College
- MIT Sydney
- Southern Cross University
- University of Canberra
- University of New England
- University of New South Wales
- University of New South Wales - ADFA
- University of Newcastle
- University of Western Sydney
- University of Wollongong
- William Blue College of Hospitality
For the following institutions you need to re-apply through UAC:
- Macquarie University
- University of Sydney
- University of Technology, Sydney
You need to submit a new application through UAC, included the UAC course code for your deferred course and supply all your supporting documentation again.
Courses may change from year to year – use the course search to find the current UAC course codes and information about the courses the institutions are offering.
Yes. If you deferred but would like to be considered for other courses, then put these courses ahead of your deferred course in your list of preferences.
If you receive an offer to a course that you put ahead of your deferred course, then your deferred offer is no longer valid.
Yes. There are two circumstances when your deferred offer can lapse:
- When you re-apply, if you receive an offer to a course you've placed ahead of your deferred course, your deferred offer will lapse. You can't receive an offer to a new course and still keep your deferred offer.
- If you undertake degree studies or certain levels of TAFE study other than NSW HSC courses during your deferment year, your offer may lapse. Check with each institution for specific policies.