Deferment and taking up a deferred offer FAQ
Questions and answers about who can defer an offer and how to do it.
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 2015 and defer for one year, you'll start your studies in 2016. 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 Maritime College
- Australian National University
- Billy Blue College of Design
- Campion College Australia
- Charles Sturt University
- Griffith University
- International College of Management, Sydney
- Jansen Newman Institute
- La Trobe University
- Southern Cross University
- University of Canberra
- University of New England
- University of Newcastle
- University of Western Sydney
- University of Wollongong
- UNSW Australia
- UNSW Canberra at ADFA
- 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; you cannot simply update your previous year's application in Check & Change. In your list of preferences, add the current year UAC course code for your deferred course. You'll also need to 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.
You need to re-apply directly to the institution – carefully read the instructions you received from your institution when you deferred.
Yes. If you deferred but would like to be considered for other courses, submit a new application through UAC.