Deferment lets you delay starting your course. Usually, you can defer for up to a year, but some institutions let you defer for longer. Others do not allow deferment.
In most cases, you can defer when you respond to your QTAC offer. The institution contacts you to advise what to do next.
Institution deferment policies
Select an institution for information on their deferment policy.
Applicants who are offered an undergraduate place at the university for 2021 may defer their study for a maximum of one year or until 2022.
A student who was granted deferment in the previous admissions cycle need not re-apply for that course through QTAC; commencement of study is administered by ACU directly.
Deferred students re-applying via QTAC for entry to a different course at ACU are subject to quota.
Successful applicants may apply to defer commencement of their studies. Deferrals may not be permitted in all courses, are not granted automatically and will not be granted to allow the commencement of another tertiary course.
To apply for a deferral to an offer made through QTAC contact the Coordinator Tertiary Admissions Centres by responding to your offer email.
Phone the Student Centre on 1300 363 864 for more information or visit Australian Maritime College’s website.
You cannot defer the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – undergraduate or graduate entry.
Applicants offered a place at CHC can defer their studies for six or twelve months. Further information is available by contacting CHC.
Applicants seeking a period of deferment should choose the ‘defer’ option when responding to their QTAC offer.
Students are unable to defer their course with CQUniversity. Please contact us on 13 27 86 to discuss your study options.
Deferment is available for successful applicants once they have accepted their offer through QTAC and FD’s student system. Successful applicants are encouraged to contact the Student Advice Team for further advice as some programs do not permit deferment or have special conditions.
Griffith College provides for most persons, who have been made an offer to study at Griffith College, to defer the commencement of their study in that program for a period of one year.
An applicant who wishes to defer should respond to QTAC accordingly. Griffith College will contact the applicant in writing as soon as possible, automatically approving their request for deferment. Once an applicant’s deferment has been approved Griffith College will send them a revised offer letter.
Applicants are not entitled to hold a deferred place and apply for other programs. If an applicant wishes to apply for other programs, including Griffith College programs, they must apply through QTAC. An applicant’s deferred place may be withdrawn if they are subsequently excluded from another tertiary institution; neglect to notify Griffith College about a change of address; or apply for other programs through QTAC.
The University provides for most persons, who have been made an offer to most of the University’s undergraduate programs, to defer the commencement of their study in that program for up to a period of one year.
Applicants who wish to extend or shorten their deferment and so long as their program allows, should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deferral must not exceed one year.
Deferment is not available for the following programs:
- 251782 B Acting
- 262961 B Business Innovation (last intake for program Nov-21)
- 272075 B Business Innovation (last intake for program Nov-21
- 233732 B Clinical Exercise Physiology
- 241252 B Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art
- 233812 B Dental Health Science
- 233761 B Dental Hygiene
- 263392 B Midwifery
- 251722 B Music
- 251772 B Musical Theatre
- 225332 B Nursing (Advanced Standing) – Nathan
- 233232 B Nursing (Advanced Standing) – Gold Coast
- 263122 B Nursing (Advanced Standing) – Logan
- 225362 B Nursing/Grad Cert Paediatric Nursing (Advanced Standing)
- 224312 B Urban and Environmental Planning – Nathan
- 234462 B Urban and Environmental Planning – Gold Coast
- 224512 B Urban and Environmental Planning/B Science – Nathan
- 234502 B Urban and Environmental Planning/B Science – Gold Coast
- 233722 B Physiotherapy
- 223332 M Primary Teaching – Mt Gravatt
- 232102 M Primary Teaching – Gold Coast
- 273205 M Primary Teaching – Online
- 223352 M Secondary Teaching – Mt Gravatt
- 232092 M Secondary Teaching – Gold Coast
Applicants who defer an offer outright are not eligible to be considered for any other preferences. If an applicant wishes to apply for other programs, including Griffith University programs, then they must conditionally defer and reorder their QTAC preferences. An applicant’s deferred place may be withdrawn if they subsequently receive an additional offer or are excluded from another tertiary institution; or apply for other programs through QTAC.
Successful applicants can defer the start of their course for a maximum of 12 months.
JCU writes to applicants who have applied to defer, advising them how to take up their deferred place.
If an applicant applies for semester 1 and is approved to defer for 12 months, JCU will allow the applicant to receive an automatic offer if applying for semester 2 in the same year, subject to the course being offered.
Deferment is only available to domestic students who have been offered a place via QTAC. All courses and applicants are eligible for deferment except for:
- Some courses with audition, interview, portfolio, and/or questionnaire additional entry requirements
- Some course with prior studies requirements; eg graduate teaching
- Courses that are not offered in following year or whose entry requirements are changing.
Further information on QUT deferment processes can be found at www.qut.edu.au/deferment.
Applicants who are offered an undergraduate place at the university for 2020/21 may apply directly to SAE to be considered for deferment; criteria apply.
Applicants must request deferment by using the deferment option when responding to their QTAC offer and also submitting a request for deferment to SCU. Deferment may be granted for a period of 12 months. Further information is provided with the offer of admission. Applicants who received an offer to a SCU course in 2022 who were granted deferment will be contacted individually by SCU. These applicants are not required to apply through QTAC.
Deferment is acceptable for 555948 Associate Degree in Civil Engineering and Bachelor of Dental Prosthetics 555145 only. Not permitted for any other TAFE Qld course.
Deferment is available for successful applicants once they have accepted their offer through QTAC and TUA’s student system. Successful applicants are encouraged to contact the Course and Career Advisers Team 1300 575 803 for further advice as some programs do not permit deferment or have special conditions.
The University of Queensland allows deferment for up one year in all undergraduate programs (and QTAC-administered postgraduate programs). Deferment is only available to applicants who receive an offer in semester 1. Deferment is NOT available for offers made in mid-year (Sem 2, 2020 deferments were available only due to the exceptional circumstances surrounding COVID-19).
To apply for deferment: applicants must respond to their QTAC offer by selecting the deferment offer response option by the offer response/lapse date. Deferment will be automatically granted for all programs (except where a program is being discontinued and in its final intake, in which case deferment cannot be granted and the defer response option will not be available in the offer response service). The University of Queensland will send confirmation (via email) of the deferment by April. Each November UQ will contact deferred applicants advising them of the process to enrol for the following year.
Note: Applicants who are offered a place in Sem 1 but wish to commence studies in Sem 2 should check with the relevant faculty- for more flexible programs that have Sem 1 and Sem 2 intakes, students may accept their offer but enrol in Sem 2 courses only e.g. B Arts or B Science. More structured programs can only be commenced in Sem 1 – e.g. B Physiotherapy (Hons).
UNE may allow successful applicants to defer for up to two years after due consideration. To apply for deferment all applicants must respond to their QTAC offer and send details of their request for deferment to UNE via AskUNE.
The University of Southern Queensland permits automatic deferment in all programs. Applicants do not need to re-apply through QTAC the following year as an enrolment package is automatically forwarded to deferred applicants.
Applicants offered a Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) or undergraduate place (excluding the B Medical Science (Griffith MD Provisional Entry for School Leavers) (013231) can defer commencement of their program for up to two years. Deferment is not available for postgraduate programs.
To apply for deferral an applicant must choose the Deferment option when responding to their offer.
Applicants holding deferred offers made in the previous two calendar years are not required to re-apply through QTAC to take up their deferred place at USC.
Applicants offered a place in the B Medical Science (Griffith MD Provisional Entry for School Leavers) (013231) can apply for deferral of 12 months. To apply for deferral in this program applicants must write to USC via email to email@example.com outlining the reasons for their request.
USC will advise QTAC to update offer response to Deferred for approved applicants.