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12. Deferment of a Place

12.1 An applicant who receives an offer1 for an undergraduate course (excluding Honours) at ACU can defer commencing that course for up to two years unless the Executive Dean otherwise determines for a particular program.

12.2 Subject to 12.1, the Admissions Officer may approve an application to defer commencement of a place in an undergraduate course, subject to the following provisos:

  1. Applications must be lodged prior to commencement of the relevant standard study period.
  2. Deferments for Commonwealth-supported places may be limited.
  3. The maximum duration of a deferment is two years.
  4. Deferment can only be granted for the course in which the applicant has received the offer of a place.
  5. Deferments cannot normally be transferred to the same course at another campus.

12.3 Deferment will not be granted where the applicant intends to undertake another course of tertiary study at this or any other university or post-secondary education provider during the period of deferment.

12.4 Executive Deans may choose not to grant deferments in any course or any admission cycle.

12.5 An applicant whose application to defer admission has been approved will be guaranteed a place in the course and at the campus for which the original offer was made in either of the next two academic years, provided that the course is available to commencing students in the relevant year. Deferred applicants will receive written confirmation of their deferred place.

12.6 A deferment will lapse if the applicant does not apply to take up the deferred place in either year or the applicant does not complete enrolment requirements by the date specified by the University.

12.7 If a deferment lapses, the applicant will be required to reapply for admission and to compete for a place at the appropriate time. If the applicant wishes to be considered for a place in a different course, re-application in accordance with standard admission application practices will be required.

12.8 Deferment is not available for postgraduate courses or non-award courses/studies.


1 Includes a current ACU student who has been granted transfer from one program to another, offered at the same or another campus.
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