Undergraduate Domestic - Defer or Decline

If you want to delay the commencement of your studies, you can apply to defer your offer. This means we will hold your offer until a later semester.

You can apply to defer your offer for either one year or six months (if available). Conditions and restrictions apply.


You can defer your enrolment if you meet the following conditions.

  • You apply to defer on or before the census date for the relevant semester. It is preferable to apply for deferment before the semester begins. If you wish to defer until semester two, there may be restrictions on what courses you can take
  • You have a valid reason for wishing to defer, including wanting to take a break between school and university, needing to work before commencing study, or health reasons.
  • You do not undertake any other study while deferred. This is because ANU considers the full academic record of all applicants. Therefore, if you undertake additional study while deferred we would need to reassess your qualifications against any new entrance requirements. Exceptions to this restriction include undertaking an exchange year in a secondary school and undertaking TAFE / AQF studies at Certificate level. Your deferment will lapse if you undertake tertiary studies above Certificate level.

How to defer

To defer your offer, please click Defer or Decline Online at the top of this page and follow the prompts to defer.

If you would like confirmation that your application has been submitted, please print the final page of the form. This will be your only record of lodging an application.

You will not receive an immediate decision, nor will you be able to check the progress of your application. ANU will  contact you once a decision is made.

If your deferment is refused, and you still wish to study at ANU, you will be required to re-apply for admission for the following semester or year and meet the entry requirements relevant at that time.

How to decline

To decline your offer, simply logon to Defer or Decline Online and follow the prompts to decline.