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 offer of a place for a period of 12 months. 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 below table shows undergraduate and postgraduate courses that can be deferred, by discipline and the length of deferral.

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 deferrals

School / College6 months – (until Semester 2, 2020)1 year (until Semester 1, 2021)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
(ASSC)

All courses.

The following course requires Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (AHA)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours (AHCA and AHCAB)
  • Bachelor of International Relations with Honours (AHIR)

All courses.

The following course requires Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Arts with Honours (AHA)
  • Bachelor of Creative Arts with Honours (AHCA and AHCAB)
  • Bachelor of International Relations with Honours (AHIR)
School of Education
(ASSC) 

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Outdoor Education (Outdoor Education) (EBOEB)
  • Bachelor of Outdoor Education (Extended) (EBOEXB)
  • Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation Education (EBOREB)
  • Bachelor of Physical, Health and Outdoor Education (EBPHOB)
  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (RCHE)

All courses except:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (RCHE)
La Trobe Law School
(ASSC) 

All courses.

The following course requires Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Criminology (Honours) (LHCR)

All courses.

The following course requires Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Criminology (Honours) (LHCR)
La Trobe Business School 
(ASSC) 

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science (LZCOMS)

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science (LZCOMS)
School of Allied Health, Human Services and Sport
(SHE)

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (HCMP)
  • Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy (HCSP)
  • Master of Clinical Audiology (HMAUD)
  • Master of Clinical Prosthetics and Orthotics (HMCPO)
  • Master of Dietetic Practice (HMDP)
  • Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (HMMSPC)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (HMOTH and  HMOTPB)
  • Master of Orthoptics (HMORT)
  • Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HMPYP)
  • Master of Podiatric Practice (HMPOD)
  • Master of Social Work (HMSK, HMSKB, HMSKW and  HMSKM)
  • Master of Speech Pathology (HMSP and HMSPB)
  • Master of Sport Analytics (HMSA)
  • Master of Sports Physiotherapy (HMSPH)
  • Master of Sports Physiotherapy and Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (HZSPMY)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Dietetic Practice (HZNDP)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (HZHOT)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HZPHPP)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Speech Pathology (HZHCSP)
  • Bachelor of Community Services (HBCSV and HBCSVD)
  • Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work (HZSK)
  • Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours) (HHOR)
  • Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) (HHOR)
  • Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours) (HHPRO)
  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (HBSES)
  • Bachelor of Sport Coaching and Development (HBSCD)
  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition with Honours (HHHN)

All courses except:

  • Master of Dietetic Practice (HMDP)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (HMOTH and HMOTPB)
  • Master of Orthoptics (HMORT)
  • Master of Social Work (HMSK, HMSKB, HMSKW and HMSKM)
  • Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HMPYP)

The following course requires Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Human Nutrition with (Honours) (HHHN)

Please note: The following Bachelor/Masters degrees have been revised for 2021. If you defer your offer, you won't be able to take up a place in one of these Bachelor/Masters courses. Instead, you would commence your studies in an approved equivalent or near-equivalent course beginning in 2021.

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (HZHOT)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Dietetic Practice (HZNDP)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HZPHPP)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Speech Pathology (HZHCSP)
  • Bachelor of Human Services and Master of Social Work (HZSK)
School of Applied Systems BiologyAll courses.All courses.
School of Cancer Medicine
(SHE) 
All courses.All courses.
School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
(SHE) 

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Applied Cloud Technology (SBACTO)

All courses.

The following courses require Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems (Honours) (SHBIY)
  • Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours (SHBCS)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) (SHINT)
School of Life Sciences
(SHE) 

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) (SBSWCB, and SBSWBW)
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Nursing (SBVN)

All courses.

The following courses require Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences with Honours (SHARS)
  • Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences with Honours (SHAV and SHAVW)
  • Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with Honours (SHSWCB and SHSWCW)
  • Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours (SHBIS and SHBISW)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science with Honours (SHMES)
School of Molecular Sciences
(SHE) 
All courses.All courses.
School of Nursing and Midwifery
(SHE) 

All courses except:

  • Graduate Diploma in Midwifery (HGMW and HSMWB)
  • Master of Nursing (HMN)
  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) (HMNNP)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry) (HBNEN)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) (HBNGE)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) (HBN)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (HHNUS)
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery (HZNPS)

All courses except:

  • Master of Nursing (HMN)
  • Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) (HMNNP)
  • Master of Nursing Science (HMNUSC)

The following course requires Course Coordinator approval:

  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (HHNUS)
School of Psychology and Public Health
(SHE) 

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Art Therapy (HCART)
  • Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy (HCFT)
  • Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (HCHP)
  • Master of Art Therapy (HMART)
  • Master of Clinical Family Therapy (HMCFTH)
  • Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (SMCNP)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology (SMCP)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) (SHPYW, SHPYB and SHP)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (SHPS)

All courses except:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Promotion (HCHP)
  • Master of Clinical Neuropsychology (SMCNP)
  • Master of Clinical Psychology (SMCP)
  • Master of Health Administration - distance education offering only (SMHCH)

The following course requires Course Coordinator approval:

  • Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours (SHPS)
La Trobe Rural Health School
(SHE) 

All courses except:

  • Master of Exercise Physiology (HMEPB)
  • Diploma of Health Sciences (HDHSB)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (HZHOTW, HZHOTB, HZHOTM and HZHOTS)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HZPHPW, HZPHPB, HZPHPM and HZPHPS)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Speech Pathology (HZHCSW, HZHCSB, HZHCSM and HZHCSS)
  • Bachelor of Community Services (HBCSVW, HBCSVB, HBCSVM and HBCSVBS)
  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) (HHDSB)
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science (HBESB)
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology (HZESPB)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (HBHSB)
  • Bachelor of Human Services and  Master of Social Work (HZSKW, HZSKB, HZSKM and HZSKP)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse Entry) (HBNENW, HBNENB, HBNENM and HBNENS)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Graduate Entry) (HBNGEW, HBNGEB, HBNGEM and HBNGES)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Pre-Registration) (HBNPRW, RBN, HBNM and HBNUP)
  • Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery (HZNMDB)
  • Bachelor of Oral Health Science (HBOHSB)
  • Bachelor of Paramedic Practice with Honours (HHPPW, HHPPB, HHPPM and HHPPP)
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) (SHPB)
  • Master of Social Work (HMSKB, HMSKW and  HMSKM)
  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) (HHHSB)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (HHNUSB)
  • Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HMPYPB)

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) (HHDSB)
  • Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HMPYPB)

The following courses require Course Coordinator approval:

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) (HHHSB)
  • Bachelor of Nursing (Honours) (HHNUSB)

Please note: The following Bachelor/Masters degrees have been revised for 2021. If you defer your offer, you won't be able to take up a place in one of these Bachelor/Masters courses. Instead, you would commence your studies in an approved equivalent or near-equivalent course at the Bendigo Campus beginning in 2021.

  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Occupational Therapy Practice (HZHOTW, HZHOTB, HZHOTM and HZHOTS)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Physiotherapy Practice (HZPHPW, HZPHPB, HZPHPM and HZPHPS)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science and  Master of Speech Pathology (HZHCSW, HZHCSB, HZHCSM and HZHCSS)
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Exercise Physiology (HZESPB) Bachelor of Human Services and  Master of Social Work (HZSKW, HZSKB, HZSKM and HZSKP)
College of Science, Health and Engineering
(SHE) 

All courses except:

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours (HHHS)

Please note the following  require Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (SHS & SHSB)

All courses.

Please note the following  require Course Coordinator/Supervisor approval:

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) (SHS & SHSB)

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.

Need help deferring?

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

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