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 2022 may defer their study for a maximum of one year or until 2023.
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.
You cannot defer the Bachelor of Medical Studies (BMedSt) and the Doctor of Medicine (MD) – undergraduate or graduate entry.
Deferment may be granted for a period of 6 to 12 months.
You must defer when responding to your offer through QTAC as well as submit to CHC a request for deferment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact CHC Admissions on 3347 7915.
You cannot defer a course offer with CQUniversity. Once you have formally accepted an offer, some courses may allow you to commence by enrolling into a later term of study. However, this is only available for limited courses and is dependent on unit availability.
The following courses do not permit you to commence at a later date:
- Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine)
- Bachelor of Medical Sonography/Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography
- Bachelor of Echocardiography and Cardiac Physiology/Graduate Diploma of Echocardiography
- Bachelor of Medical Imaging
- Bachelor of Oral Health
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Paramedic Science
- Bachelor of Paramedic Science/Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management
- Diploma of Nursing.
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. Deferment is not possible for the Diploma of Health Care and Diploma of Health Care/Bachelor of Nursing.
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.
Griffith allows applicants who receive an offer to most of the University’s undergraduate programs, to defer the commencement of their study in that program. Applicants are placed on a one year deferment initially.
Applicants who wish to extend or shorten their deferment, provided their program allows, should email email@example.com. Deferral must not exceed one year. Deferment is not available for all programs.
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. For more information on Griffith deferment processes, including exclusions, please visit Taking a Break from Study.
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 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 2023 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 Torrens University Australia student system. Successful applicants are encouraged to contact the Future Student Advisors at 1300 575 803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Applicants who are offered a place may defer their study for one year. Deferral is not permitted in the following UniSQ Programs:
- Tertiary Preparation Program
- Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry)
- Bachelor of Nursing
- Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry)
- Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)
- Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medicine Pathway)
- Bachelor of Paramedicine
- Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
To defer your QTAC offer, contact QTAC by responding to your offer. Applicants do not need to re-apply through QTAC the following year as enrolment information is automatically forwarded to deferred applicants.
For more information visit the University of Southern Queensland website or call on 1300 269 500.
UniSC allows deferment for up to one year in most undergraduate programs, the Master of Teaching programs and the Tertiary Preparation Program. Exceptions apply.
Successful applicants who have accepted their offer through the QTAC system may defer the commencement of their program by selecting deferment when registering their offer response direct with UniSC.
- Deferment is not automatically approved for the Bachelor of Medical Science (Griffith MD Provisional Entry for School Leavers) (013231). Applicants made an offer for this program must request deferment by emailing email@example.com outlining the reasons for the request.
- Deferment is not permitted for undergraduate certificate programs.
Applicants holding a deferred place will be notified by UniSC on the process to commence their program. If the deferment period is still valid, these applicants will not be required to re-apply through QTAC.
Contact UniSC for more information.