How to defer

If you need to, you can postpone starting your course at Deakin. This is called deferring – and it allows you to keep your place at university for up to two years for domestic students, or one year for international students.

Advice about deferring

We want to make sure your time at Deakin is as rewarding as it possibly can be – so you need to wait until you take care of some personal, financial or professional obligations, you can arrange to postpone starting your studies. If you're not sure whether or not deferring is the right option for you, get in touch with one of our faculty advisers – they'll be able to give you advice.

Get in touch with a faculty adviser:

Faculty of Arts and Education

Undergraduate

Burwood: +61 3 9246 8100
Geelong: +61 3 5227 1359
Warrnambool: +61 3 5563 3489
Email: artsed@deakin.edu.au

Postgraduate

Burwood: +61 3 9246 8100
Geelong: +61 3 5227 1359
Warrnambool: +61 3 5563 3489
Email: artsed@deakin.edu.au

Faculty of Business and Law

+61 3 9244 6555
buslaw@deakin.edu.au

Faculty of Health

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

Burwood: +61 3 9244 6699
sebe-burwood@deakin.edu.au

Geelong Waterfront: +61 3 5227 8300
ab-hub@deakin.edu.au

Geelong Waurn Ponds: +61 3 5227 2463
sebe-geelong@deakin.edu.au

Warrnambool: +61 3 5563 3327
sebe-warrnambool@deakin.edu.au

Which offers can’t be deferred?

You can’t defer if you:

  • have been readmitted to a course
  • are already enrolled
  • are a cross-institutional student
  • are studying a non-award unit(s).

Deferring your offer

Deferring your VTAC offer

To defer your VTAC offer from Deakin please complete the VTAC online deferral of offer form within five days of receiving your offer. You’ll receive an automatic receipt confirming approval upon submission.

Deferring your direct offer

If you need to defer a direct offer, please complete the online deferral of offer form within five days of receiving your offer. You’ll receive an automatic reply upon submission and a confirmation once your deferral is approved and processed. If you haven’t received confirmation after five working days, please email us.

Complete the deferral of offer form

International students

If you’re an international student and want to defer prior to enrolment, you’ll need to contact the Deakin staff member listed on your letter of offer.

Starting at Deakin after your deferral

When your deferral is finished and you’re due to start at Deakin, we’ll send you an email with enrolment advice. It’s important that we have your correct contact details. Make sure we have your current postal and email addresses at all times. To update your details email us at enquire@deakin.edu.au.

Want to come back early or delay your return?

If you would like to return early, cancel your deferral or extend your deferral, please email us at defer@deakin.edu.au.

Remember, you cannot defer your place for longer than two years.