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.

2020 undergraduate deferral

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

All courses except:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)

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

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (AHA)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours (AHCA)
  • Bachelor of International Relations with Honours (AHIR)
  • Bachelor of Journalism with Honours (AHJ)
  • Bachelor of Criminology (Honours) (LHCRI)

All courses except:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)

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

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

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology (SBACTO)
  • Bachelor of Applied Information Technology (SBAIO)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN)
  • Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology (SBACTO)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (HBHS)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) (HBN)

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

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences with Honours (SHARS)
  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences with Honours (SHAVB and SHAVW)
  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours (SHBIS and SHBISW)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours (SHMES)
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours) (SHBIY)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) (SHINT)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (SHS, SHSB and SHSW)
  • Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with Honours (SHSWCB and SHSWCW)

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (HBN)
  • Bachelor of Sport Coaching and Development (HBSCD)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Medical Classification)/Bachelor of Health Information Management (HZMCHM)
  • Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work (HZSK, HZSKW, HZSKB, HZSKM and HZSKP)
  • Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology (SBACTO)
  • Bachelor of Applied Information Technology (SBAIO)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN)
  • Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology (SBACTO)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (HBHS)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) (HBN)

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

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences with Honours (SHARS)
  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences with Honours (SHAVB and SHAVW)
  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours (SHBIS and SHBISW)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours (SHMES)
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours) (SHBIY)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) (SHINT)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (SHS, SHSB and SHSW)
  • Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with Honours (SHSWCB and SHSWCW)

2020 postgraduate deferral

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

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (RCHE)

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 Health Promotion (HCHP)
  • Master of Artificial Intelligence (SMAI)
  • Master of Health Information Management (HMHIM)
  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) (HMNNP)

The following course requires Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval to defer:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Data Integrity and Auditing (HCHIA)

All courses except:

  • Master of Nursing (HMN)
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (HCHP)
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (HCHP)
  • Master of Artificial Intelligence (SMAI)
  • Master of Health Information Management (HMHIM)
  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) (HMNNP)

The following course requires Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval to defer:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Data Integrity and Auditing (HCHIA)

Need help deferring?

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

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