Deferring your offer - domestic

Deferment is a concession granted by the University. The University reserves the right not to grant deferment.

At peak times, there may be a delay in the processing of your request for deferment. Please read all information you have been provided before contacting the Admissions Office for advice.

If you have an offer that you have deferred and are now ready to commence your study, you will need to follow the acceptance procedure. Please note that you can only accept the program you have deferred. If you wish to commence a different program you need to reapply.

ANU recommends that you appoint an agent to act on your behalf if you will not be contactable and that you provide us with an email that both you and your agent can access.

All enquiries about deferment should be directed to the Admissions Office.


Determine if you are eligible

You can defer your enrolment if you meet the following conditions:

  1. You apply to defer on or before the census date for the relevant semester (31 March for First Semester and 31 August for Second Semester). Note that it's preferable to apply for deferment before your commencement semester begins.  If you wish to defer until Second Semester, there may be restrictions on what courses you can take in Second Semester (especially languages and those courses which have First Semester prerequisites).
  2. You have a valid reason for wishing to defer (including wanting to take a break between school and university, needing to work before commencing study and health reasons).
  3. You do not undertake any other study while deferred. This is because ANU considers the full academic record of its applicants. Therefore, if you undertake additional study while deferred we would need to reassess your qualifications against any new entrance requirements. Exceptions to this restriction include undertaking an exchange year in a secondary school and undertaking TAFE / AQF studies at certificate level. Deferment lapses if tertiary studies above Certificate level are undertaken.

If your deferment is refused, and you still wish to study at ANU, you will be required to re-apply for admission for the following semester or year and meet the entry requirements relevant at that time.

You will not receive an immediate decision, nor will you be able to check the progress of your application. The ANU Admissions Office will contact you once a decision has been made.

Please follow the instructions on the final page of the form about keeping a copy of that page. It will be your only record of lodging an application.

» Apply to defer of your undergraduate offer

Graduate coursework

Not all graduate programs can be deferred. To discuss deferment options, please contact the ANU College that delivers your program to check their policies and procedures.

Graduate research

Those who have been offered a place in a research/HDR program (such as Doctor of Philosophy or Master of Philosophy), who wish to defer, should email the ANU Admissions Office to request a deferment.

Updated:  11 October 2013/ Responsible Officer:  Registrar/ Page Contact:  DRSS Communications