How to defer your offer

If you're going to defer, you don't need to enrol.

Before you apply to defer

Be aware that courses are under continual review. If you apply to defer, your course may be revised, discontinued or cease to be accredited during your deferment. If this happens, we'll make every attempt to provide the original program. If this isn't possible, we reserve the right to offer you a place in an equivalent or near-equivalent course. For some science courses, your progress may be delayed if you commence your course mid-year, depending on the areas you wish to study. This will need to be discussed with your Course Coordinator.

Graduate research candidates: deferral may affect the availability of academic supervision and any scholarships awarded. This may need to be approved by the Board of Graduate Research.

Who can defer?

Subject to your College's deferment rules, you can defer if:

  • you haven't started your course
  • you haven't completed a subject
  • the census date for the subject/s you're enrolled in hasn't passed
  • you're not a recipient of a Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP).

If you have completed and obtained results for a subject/s, or the census date has passed for any of the subject/s you're enrolled in, you can apply for a Leave of Absence if you're experiencing significant difficulties in your personal or academic life – be it financial, emotional, medical, employment or study-related.

If you have transferred courses and need to take leave from your studies, you can apply for a Leave of Absence (not a deferral).

How to defer

Discontinued courses for 2021

Please read the information if you would like to defer your offer in the below courses:

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice (HZNDP)

  • You may apply to defer your offer of a place for a period of 12 months. However, the University has approved a new course, the Bachelor of Dietetics (Honours), to replace the Bachelor of Applied Science Master of Dietetic Practice course from 2021.  If your application to defer your offer of a place in the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Dietetic Practice is approved for 2020, you will be required to take up your place in the new Bachelor of Dietetics (Honours) upon your return in 2021.
  • The Bachelor of Dietetics (Honours) is an entry-to-practice qualification in Dietetics and will be undergoing accreditation with the relevant professional accreditation authority.
  • If you have any queries regarding this course revision, please contact the Course Coordinator, Andrea Bramley.

Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work at the Bendigo (HZSKB), Bundoora (HZSK) Albury-Wodonga (HZSKW), Mildura (HZSKM) and Shepparton (HZSKP)

  • You may apply to defer your Semester 2, 2020 offer of a place for a period of 6 months and commence in Semester 1, 2021. However, the University has approved a new course, the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), to replace the Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work course at the Bundoora, Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton campuses from 2021.  If your application to defer your offer of a place in the Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work is approved for 2020, you will be required to take up your place in the new Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) upon your return in 2021.
  • The Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) is an entry-to-practice qualification in Social Work and will be undergoing accreditation with the relevant professional accreditation authority.
  • If you have any queries regarding this course revision, please contact the Course Coordinator, Maureen Long.

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice at the Bendigo (HZPHPB) and Bundoora (HZPHPP)

  • You may apply to defer your offer of a place for a period of 12 months. However, the University has approved a new course, the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), to replace the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice course at the Bundoora and Bendigo campuses from 2021.  If your application to defer your offer of a place in the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice is approved for 2020, you will be required to take up your place in the new Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) upon your return in 2021.
  • The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is an entry-to-practice qualification in physiotherapy and will be undergoing accreditation with the relevant professional accreditation authority.
  • If you have any queries regarding this course revision, please contact the Course Coordinator, Ms Janet McConville.

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice at the Albury-Wodonga (HZPHPW), Mildura (HZPHPM) and Shepparton (HZPHPS)

  • You may apply to defer your offer of a place for a period of 12 months. However, the University has approved a new course, the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), to replace the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice course from 2021. The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) will only be offered at the Bendigo and Bundoora campuses. If your application to defer your offer of a place in the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice is approved for 2020, you will be required to take up your place in the new Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the Bendigo campus upon your return in 2021, and will be unable to complete your first year at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Shepparton campuses.
  • The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) is an entry-to-practice qualification in physiotherapy and will be undergoing accreditation with the relevant professional accreditation authority.
  • f you have any queries regarding this course revision, please contact the Course Coordinator, Ms Janet McConville.

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology at the Bendigo (HZHCSB) and Bundoora (HZHCSP)

  • You may apply to defer your offer of a place for a period of 12 months. However, the University has approved a new course, the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), to replace the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology course at the Bundoora and Bendigo campuses from 2021.  If your application to defer your offer of a place in the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is approved for 2020, you will be required to take up your place in the new Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) upon your return in 2021.
  • The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is an entry-to-practice qualification in Speech Pathology and will be undergoing accreditation with the relevant professional accreditation authority.
  • If you have any queries regarding this course revision, please contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Robyn O’Halloran.

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology at the Albury-Wodonga (HZHCSW), Mildura (HZHCSM) and Shepparton (HZHCSS)

  • You may apply to defer your offer of a place for a period of 12 months. However, the University has approved a new course, the Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), to replace the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology course from 2021.  The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) will only be offered at the Bendigo and Bundoora campuses. If your application to defer your offer of a place in the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology is approved for 2020, you will be required to take up your place in the new Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the Bendigo campus upon your return in 2021, and will be unable to complete your first year at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Shepparton campuses.
  • The Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) is an entry-to-practice qualification in Speech Pathology and will be undergoing accreditation with the relevant professional accreditation authority.
  • If you have any queries regarding this course revision, please contact the Course Coordinator, Dr Robyn O’Halloran.

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice at the Bendigo (HZHOTB) and Bundoora (HZHOT)

  • You may apply to defer your offer of a place for a period of 12 months. However, the University has approved a new course, the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), to replace the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice course at the Bundoora and Bendigo campuses from 2021.  If your application to defer your offer of a place in the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice is approved for 2020, you will be required to take up your place in the new Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) upon your return in 2021.
  • The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is an entry-to-practice qualification in Occupational Therapy and will be undergoing accreditation with the relevant professional accreditation authority.
  • If you have any queries regarding this course revision, please contact the Course Coordinator, Ms Siann Bowman.

Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice at the Albury-Wodonga (HZHOTW), Mildura (HZHOTM) and Shepparton (HZHOTS)

  • You may apply to defer your offer of a place for a period of 12 months. However, the University has approved a new course, the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), to replace the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice course from 2021. The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) will only be offered at the Bendigo and Bundoora campuses. If your application to defer your offer of a place in the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice is approved for 2020, you will be required to take up your place in the new Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the Bendigo campus upon your return in 2021, and will be unable to complete your first year at the Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Shepparton campuses.
  • The Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) is an entry-to-practice qualification in Occupational Therapy and will be undergoing accreditation with the relevant professional accreditation authority.
  • If you have any queries regarding this course revision, please contact the Course Coordinator, Ms Siann Bowman.

Deferral approval tables

The following deferral tables show that all courses can be deferred except the ones explicitly listed below and that some specific courses need Course Coordinator approval for you to defer.

Note: Anyone seeking deferral outside the relevant discipline guidelines should contact ASK La Trobe. You will need to formally request an extension outlining the rationale and provide supporting documentation (if relevant) for consideration. These requests are generally only considered for extenuating circumstances.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) is not available for deferral.

2021 undergraduate deferral

College6 months – (until Semester 2, 2021)12 months – (until Semester 1, 2022)
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC)

All courses except:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)
  • Bachelor of Outdoor Education (LZCOMS)
  • Bachelor of Outdoor Education (EBOEB)

The following courses require Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval to defer:

  • Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours (AHCAB, AHCA and AHCAM)
  • Bachelor of Criminology (Honours) (LHCRI)
  • Bachelor of International Relations with Honours (AHIR)

All courses except:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)
  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science (LZCOMS)

The following courses require Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval to defer:

  • Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours (AHCAB, AHCA and AHCAM)
  • Bachelor of Criminology (Honours) (LHCRI)
  • Bachelor of International Relations with Honours (AHIR)
College of Science, Health and Engineering (SHE)

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology (SBACTO)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (SBMW and SBMB)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) (SBMMW and SBMMB)
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine (SBMD)
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) (HHDSB)
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science (HBESB)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (HBHSB and HBHS)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) (HHHSB and HHHSC)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours (HHHS and HHHN)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) (HBNENW, HBNENB, HBNENK, HBNENF, HBNEN, HBNENM and HBNENS)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) (HBNGEW, HBNGEB, HBNGE, HBNGEM and HBNGES)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) (HBNPRW, RBN, HBN, HBNM and HBNUP)
  • Bachelor of Nursing /Bachelor of Midwifery (HZNMDB and HZNMD)
  • Bachelor of Nursing /Bachelor of Psychological Science (HZNPS)
  • Bachelor of Nutrition Science (HBNTS)
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) (HHOCTB and HHOCT)
  • Bachelor of Oral Health Science (HBOHSB)
  • Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours) (HHOR)
  • Bachelor of Paramedic Practice with Honours (HHPPW and HHPPB)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (SHPB)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) (HHPB and HHP)
  • Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) (HHPOD)
  • Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours) (HHPRO)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (SHPS)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (SHPYW, SHPYB and SHP)
  • Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) (SBSWCB)
  • Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) (HHSWW, HHSWB, HHSW, HHSWMI and HHSWP)
  • Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) (HHSPPB and HHSPP)
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (HBSES)
  • Bachelor of Sport Coaching and Development (HBSCD)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN)
  • Diploma of Health Sciences (HDHSB)

The following courses require Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval to defer:

  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences with Honours (SHAVW and SHAVB)
  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours (SHBISW, SHBIS and SHMES)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours (SHCS)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (SHSW, SHSB and SHS)

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) (SBMMW and SBMMB)
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) (HHDSB)

The following courses require Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval to defer:

  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences with Honours (SHAVW and SHAVB)
  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours (SHBISW, SHBIS and SHMES)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours (SHCS)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) (HHHSB and HHHSC)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours (HHHS)
  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition with Honours (HHHN)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (SHPS)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (SHSW, SHSB and SHS)

2021 postgraduate deferral

College6 months – (until Semester 2, 2021)12 months – (until Semester 1, 2022)
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC)

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (RCHE)
  • Master of Strategic Communication (AMSCM)

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (RCHE)
College of Science, Health and Engineering (SHE)

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy (HCFT)
  • Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (HCMP)
  • Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy (HCSP)
  • Graduate Diploma in Child, Family and Community Nursing (HGCFCN)
  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery (HGMIDB and HGMID)
  • Master of Art Therapy (HMART)
  • Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration (HZMBHO)
  • Master of Clinical Audiology (HMAUD)
  • Master of Clinical Family Therapy (HMCFTH)
  • Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (SMCNP)
  • Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics (HMCPO)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology (SMCP)
  • Master of Dietetic Practice (HMDP)
  • Master of Exercise Physiology (HMEPB)
  • Master of Health Administration (HMHADE)
  • Master of Mental Health Nursing (HMMN)
  • Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (HMMSPC)
  • Master of Nursing (HMN)
  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) (HMNNP)
  • Master of Nursing Science (HMNSCO)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (HMOTPB and HMOTH)
  • Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HMPYPB and HMPYP)
  • Master of Podiatric Practice (HMPOD)
  • Master of Professional Psychology (HMPPSB)
  • Master of Social Work (HMSKW, HMSKB, HMSK, HMSKM and HMSKP)
  • Master of Speech Pathology (HMSPB and HMSP)
  • Master of Sports Analytics (HMSA)
  • Master of Sports Physiotherapy (HMSPH)

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy (HCFT)
  • Master of Business Administration and Master of Health Administration (HZMBHO)
  • Master of Clinical Family Therapy (HMCFTH)
  • Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics (HMCPO)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology (SMCP)
  • Master of Dietetic Practice (HMDP)
  • Master of Nursing (HMN)
  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) (HMNNP)
  • Master of Nursing Science (HMNSCO)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (HMOTPB and HMOTH)
  • Master of Social Work (HMSKW, HMSKB, HMSK, HMSKM and HMSKP)
  • Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HMPYPB and HMPYP)
  • Master of Podiatric Practice (HMPOD)
  • Master of Professional Psychology (HMPPSB)

Need help deferring?

Call: 1300 LA TROBE (1300 528 762). International students call: (+61 3) 9479 1199.

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