How to defer your offer

Semester 1, 2022 Deferrals

If you have applied for Semester 1 2022 intake, and have received an offer, and wish to apply for a deferral, applications for deferral are now open.

Semester 2, 2021 Deferrals

Deferrals for Semester 2, 2021 have now closed as it is past census date, 31st August 2021.

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). Exceptions are Master of Teaching which can be deferred.

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

  • Local applicants: complete the online Deferral form. Once you have submitted the form, we'll email you confirmation of the outcome of your request within 10 working days of receiving it.
  • International students: send a written request to the International Office
  • Graduate research candidates: complete the Application to Defer form and submit via email:
  • Single-subject enrolments and Cross-Institutional study: deferral not available, applicants will need to reapply.

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.

2022 undergraduate deferral

College 6 months – (until Semester 2, 2022) 12 months – (until Semester 1, 2023)
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC)

All courses except:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)

All courses except:

  • Tertiary Preparation Program (ETPPO)
College of Science, Health and Engineering (SHE)

All courses except:

  • HDH Diploma in HealthMelbourne
  • HDHSAW Diploma of Health Sciences Albury-Wodonga
  • HDHSB Diploma of Health Sciences Bendigo
  • HDHSM Diploma of Health Sciences Mildura
  • HDHSS Diploma of Health Sciences Shepparton
  • HD001B Diploma of Science Bendigo
  • HD001 Diploma of Science Melbourne
  • SHARS Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences with Honours Melbourne
  • SB002W Bachelor of Agriculture Albury-Wodonga
  • SB002 Bachelor of Agriculture Melbourne
  • SBAVW Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences Albury-Wodonga
  • SBAVB Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences Melbourne
  • SHAVB Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences with Honours Melbourne
  • SBBISW Bachelor of Biological Sciences Albury-Wodonga
  • SHBISW Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours Albury-Wodonga
  • SHBIS Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours Melbourne
  • SBMW Bachelor of Biomedical Science Albury-Wodonga
  • SBMMW Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) Albury-Wodonga
  • SBMMB Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) Bendigo
  • SBMD Bachelor of Biomedicine Melbourne
  • SHMD Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) Melbourne
  • SHCS Bachelor of Computer Science with Honours Melbourne
  • SZCYC Bachelor of Cybersecurity/Bachelor of Commerce Melbourne
  • SZCYCR Bachelor of Cybersecurity/Bachelor of Criminology Melbourne
  • SZCYPS Bachelor of Cybersecurity/Bachelor of Psychological Science Melbourne
  • HHDSB Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours) Bendigo
  • HBESB Bachelor of Exercise Science Bendigo
  • HBFN Bachelor of Food and Nutrition On-Line
  • HB001 Bachelor of Health Information Management Melbourne
  • HB001O Bachelor of Health Information Management On-Line
  • HBHSB Bachelor of Health Sciences Bendigo
  • HHHSB Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Bendigo
  • HHHSC Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Melbourne
  • HHHN Bachelor of Human Nutrition with Honours Melbourne
  • SHINT Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) Melbourne
  • HBNENK Bachelor of NursingBerwick (Chisholm Institute)
  • HBNENF Bachelor of NursingFrankston (Chisholm Institute)
  • HBNENW Bachelor of Nursing Albury-Wodonga
  • HBNGEW Bachelor of Nursing Albury-Wodonga
  • HBNENB Bachelor of Nursing Bendigo
  • HBNGEB Bachelor of Nursing Bendigo
  • HBNENM Bachelor of Nursing Mildura
  • HBNGEM Bachelor of Nursing Mildura
  • HBNENS Bachelor of Nursing Shepparton
  • HBNGES Bachelor of Nursing Shepparton
  • HBNEN Bachelor of Nursing Melbourne
  • HBNGE Bachelor of Nursing Melbourne
  • RBN Bachelor of Nursing Bendigo
  • HBNM Bachelor of Nursing Mildura
  • HBNPRW Bachelor of Nursing  Albury-Wodonga
  • HBNUP Bachelor of Nursing  Shepparton
  • HBN Bachelor of Nursing  Melbourne
  • HZNMDB Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery Bendigo
  • HZNMD Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery Melbourne
  • HZNPS Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Psychological Science Melbourne
  • HBNTS Bachelor of Nutrition Science Melbourne
  • HHOCTB Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) Bendigo
  • HHOCT Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) Melbourne
  • HBOHSB Bachelor of Oral Health Science Bendigo
  • HHOR Bachelor of Orthoptics (Honours) Melbourne
  • HHPPW Bachelor of Paramedic Practice with Honours Albury-Wodonga
  • HHPPB Bachelor of Paramedic Practice with Honours Bendigo
  • SHPB Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) Bendigo
  • HHPB Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) Bendigo
  • HHP Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) Melbourne
  • HHPOD Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) Melbourne
  • HHPRO Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics (Honours) Melbourne
    SHPSW Bachelor of Psychological Science with
  • HonoursAlbury-Wodonga
    SHPSB Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours Bendigo
  • SHPS Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours Melbourne
  • SHPSO Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours On-Line
  • SHPYW Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)Albury-Wodonga
  • SHPYB Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Bendigo
  • SHP Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) Melbourne
  • SHPO Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) On-Line
  • SHSW Bachelor of Science (Honours) Albury-Wodonga
  • SHSB Bachelor of Science (Honours) Bendigo
  • SHS Bachelor of Science (Honours) Melbourne
  • SHSWCW Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with Honours Albury-Wodonga
  • SHSWCB Bachelor of Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology) with Honours Melbourne
  • HHSWW Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)Albury-Wodonga
  • HHSWB Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Bendigo
  • HHSWMI Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Mildura
  • HHSWP Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Shepparton
  • HHSW Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) Melbourne
  • HHSPPB Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) Bendigo
  • HHSPP Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) Melbourne
  • HBSES Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science Melbourne
  • HHSES Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (Honours) Melbourne
  • HBSCD Bachelor of Sport Coaching and Development Melbourne
  • HHSCD Bachelor of Sport Coaching and Development (Honours) Melbourne
  • SBVN Bachelor of Veterinary NursingEpping (Melbourne Polytechnic)
  • SB001 Bachelor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology Melbourne
  • All courses except:

    • SBMMW Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical)Albury-Wodonga
    • SBMMB Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical)Bendigo
    • HHDSB Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)Bendigo
    • HBFN Bachelor of Food and NutritionOn-Line
    • HBNENK Bachelor of NursingBerwick (Chisholm Institute)
    • HBNENF Bachelor of NursingFrankston (Chisholm Institute)

    2022 postgraduate deferral

    College 6 months – (until Semester 2, 2022) 12 months – (until Semester 1, 2023)
    College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce (ASSC)

    All courses except:

    • RCHE - Online Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Curriculum, Teaching and Learning RCHE

    All courses except:

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

    All courses except:

    • HCFT Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy Brunswick (Bouverie)
    • HCFTO Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy On-Line
    • HCOSED Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health, Safety and Ergonomics On-Line
    • SCPEBU Graduate Certificate in Professional Engineering Melbourne
    • HGCFCN Graduate Diploma in Child, Family and Community Nursing Melbourne
    • HGMWB Graduate Diploma in Midwifery Bendigo
    • HGMW Graduate Diploma in Midwifery Melbourne
    • HMART Master of Art Therapy Melbourne
    • HMAUD Master of Clinical Audiology Melbourne
    • HMCFTH Master of Clinical Family Therapy Bouverie
    • HM003O Master of Clinical Family Therapy On-Line
    • SMCP Master of Clinical Psychology Melbourne
    • HMDP Master of Dietetic Practice Melbourne
    • HMADPO Master of Disability Practice On-Line
    • HM001O Master of Ergonomics, Safety and Health On-Line
    • HMEPB Master of Exercise Physiology Bendigo
    • HMHIM Master of Health Information Management Melbourne
    • HMHIMO Master of Health Information Management On-Line
    • HMMSPC Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Melbourne
    • HMN Master of NursingMelbourne
    • HMOTH Master of Occupational Therapy Practice Melbourne
    • HMOTPB Master of Occupational Therapy Practice Bendigo
    • HMPYP Master of Physiotherapy Practice Melbourne
    • HMPYPB Master of Physiotherapy Practice Bendigo
    • HMPPSB Master of Professional Psychology Bendigo
    • HMSK Master of Social Work Melbourne
    • HMSKW Master of Social Work Albury-Wodonga
    • HMSKB Master of Social Work Bendigo
    • HMSKM Master of Social Work Mildura
    • HMSKP Master of Social Work Shepparton
    • HMSP Master of Speech Pathology Melbourne
    • HMSPB Master of Speech Pathology Bendigo
    • HMSABU Master of Sport Analytics Melbourne
    • HM003 Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy Melbourne

    All courses except:

    • HMDP Master of Dietetic Practice Melbourne
    • HMHIMO Master of Health Information Management On-Line
    • SMIOTB Master of Internet of Things Bendigo
    • HMMSPC Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Melbourne
    • HMOTH Master of Occupational Therapy Practice Melbourne
    • HMOTPB Master of Occupational Therapy Practice Bendigo
    • HMPYP Master of Physiotherapy Practice Melbourne
    • HMPYPB Master of Physiotherapy Practice Bendigo
    • HMSKW Master of Social Work Albury-Wodonga
    • HMSKB Master of Social Work Bendigo
    • HMSKM Master of Social Work Mildura
    • HMSKP Master of Social Work Shepparton
    • HMSPB Master of Speech Pathology Bendigo
    • HM003 Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy Melbourne

    Need help deferring?

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

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