Deferment is when your institution gives you permission to delay starting your course. Deferement is for a fixed period, usually six months or one year.
All deferments are granted subject to the course being offered the following semester or following year.
Who can defer?
It depends on the institution. Some institutions will only let you defer in special circumstances.
How do I defer?
When you receive an offer to enrol in a course, information included with your offer will explain how to apply for deferment. You may have to accept the offer before you can defer.
Most institutions will ask you to provide a statement to explain why you wish to defer and what you'll be doing during this period.
Once your deferment has been granted, you'll receive written confirmation of your deferment from the institution concerned. This will also give instructions on how to take up your deferred course.
If, at the end of the deferment period, you decide you’d like to be considered for other courses, you can complete a new UAC application and include these course preferences. If you receive an offer to one of the new courses, you can then decide whether to accept the offer or take up your deferred course.
Can my offer lapse?
Yes. If you undertake degree studies or certain levels of TAFE study other than NSW HSC courses during your deferment period, your offer at many institutions will lapse. You'll need to re-apply through UAC and declare all of your studies. Check with each institution for specific policies