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Defer your offer

We understand that sometimes things can happen that mean your university study has to take a back seat for a while. By deferring your offer, you can hold off on studying while securing your place in the course.

You can defer your offer if you are a domestic student* who either:

  • Hasn't accepted their offer yet and wants to start studying at a later date
  • Has already accepted their offer but hasn't enrolled in any units yet

If you have already accepted your offer and enrolled in units, or if you have already studied for at least one semester, you cannot defer. Instead, you can request an intermission, which is an approved leave of absence from your study.

*A domestic student is one of the following:

  • An Australian citizen
  • A New Zealand citizen
  • An Australian permanent resident
  • A humanitarian visa holder

Not all courses can be deferred. You may need approval to change your starting date. If your course cannot be deferred, email the Admissions Office to have your request considered.

Courses not available for deferral:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Honours courses Master of Clinical Psychology
  Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
  Master of Occupational Therapy
  Master of Pharmacy
  Master of Physiotherapy

You can defer for either 6 months or 1 year, depending on your course availability.

You can only defer your offer once.

You must defer by the census date of the semester that you are due to start in. Census date is typically in week 4 of the semester.

Check the census dates and important dates to ensure you defer on time.

You will be emailed right after you have submitted your defer request to let you know we have received it.

Once it has been approved, we will send you a confirmation email letting you know that you can now accept online. You will not receive a new offer letter.