QTAC Information Sheet
Deferment enables students who have just gained entry to a tertiary course, but who have not yet enrolled, to delay starting the course. Deferment is usually for one year only and not all tertiary institutions will allow deferment of their courses.
Applicants who are wishing to defer their offer are advised to contact the university's Admissions office for specific institution policies on deferment.
How do I defer an offer?
If the institution you have received a QTAC offer from allows deferment, you can usually defer your offer by selecting a defer option when responding to the offer. (The exception is CQUniversity, see below for details.) After you defer your offer, you will receive a letter from the institution advising you of any further action required.
Is deferment different to a leave of absence?
Yes. Students who are enrolled at a tertiary institution and want to stop studying for a period of time must apply to the institution for a leave of absence. Students should refer to the tertiary institution's handbook or contact their enrolment office to obtain information about an institution's leave of absence policy.
Institution policies - 2012/2013 Admissions
Australian Catholic University
Applicants who are offered an undergraduate place can defer commencement of their course for up to two years. Deferment is not available for postgraduate studies.
Australian Maritime College
Applicants offered an undergraduate place at AMC may apply to defer their study. For information on deferment criteria contact the Student Centre, ph 1300 363 864. Applicants do not need to re-apply through QTAC for their deferred place unless wishing to apply for other QTAC courses.
Bond University does not grant deferment for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, undergraduate or graduate entry.
Christian Heritage College
With the exception of Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary and Secondary), applicants offered a place commencing in February 2013 can automatically defer their studies for six to twelve months. Applicants offered a place commencing mid-year may be able to defer their studies, contact Christian Heritage College to confirm requirements.
Deferment is available for successful applicants once they have accepted their offer through QTAC and CQUniversity's student system.
Most applicants offered an undergraduate program at GU for 2013 may defer their program until 2014. The only exceptions are programs for which specific admission requirements apply such as Queensland Conservatorium programs, Bachelor of Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art and Oral Health programs. More information is available at www.griffith.edu.au/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/starting-at-griffith.
James Cook University
Successful applicants can defer the start of their course for a maximum period of 12 months (longer deferment may be considered in exceptional circumstances).
Queensland Institute of Business and Technology (QIBT)
Applicants who are offered a place at QIBT in 2012/2013 may apply to defer their studies until 2013/2014.
Queensland University of Technology
QUT allows successful applicants to most courses to defer their undergraduate offer for one year.
The exceptions are;
- Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Exercise and Movement Science
- Bachelor of Exercise and Movement Science/Bachelor of Public Health
- Bachelor of Early Childhood
- Bachelor of Education (Pre-service Early Childhood)
- and courses with additional entry requirements; eg auditions, folios, interviews, questionnaires, Dean's Scholars, prior studies and prior work experience.
Applicants may be eligible for a further 12 month extension under special circumstances. Visit www.deferment.qut.edu.au for information.
Southbank Institute of Technology
Deferment is not permitted. In exceptional circumstances, such as injury or ill-health, an application for leave of absence may be made to the Institute Director through a student counsellor. Only in exceptional circumstances will a leave of absence be granted after commencement of classes.
Southern Cross University
To request deferment you must respond to your QTAC offer using the deferment option by the nominated response date. Successful applicants must also submit a request to defer course commencement direct with Southern Cross University. Applicants do not need to re-apply through QTAC for their deferred place.
Deferment is not permitted for TAFE Queensland programs offered through QTAC. In exceptional circumstances such as an injury or ill health, an application for leave of absence may be made to the Institute Director through a Student Counsellor. Only in exceptional circumstances will a leave of absence be granted after the commencement of classes.
The University of Queensland
Deferments are available for a period of up to two years to students who are offered a Commonwealth supported place at the beginning of the year. To request deferment, respond to your QTAC offer using the deferment option by the offer response date.
Deferment will be automatically approved and UQ will send written notification in October advising deferred students of the enrolment process. Requests to postpone commencement until semester 2 should be referred to the relevant Faculty office.
Deferments are not available for students who are offered a place for second semester.
If the program is discontinued by the University during the deferment period, applicants will be unable to commence studies in their deferred program. Applicants can explore entry to an alternative program, however will be required to re-apply through QTAC.
An approved deferment is rescinded if an applicant undertakes any tertiary studies at a bachelor level or higher during the period of deferment or fails to complete their enrolment by the date specified by the University.
University of New England
Successful applicants for admission can apply to defer their enrolment for up to two years.
University of Southern Queensland
Deferment is available for undergraduate students for one year except in those programs where permitting deferral would jeopardise conduct of the program.
University of the Sunshine Coast
USC will allow students to defer all programs for up to two years.