Seventeen-year-old Australian rider Oscar McIntyre was killed in a crash during the Supersport/Superstock race at the WSB meeting in Australia.
It meant Saturday's Superpole session was scrapped ahead of the start of the World Superbike Championship season.
McIntyre's death comes four months after Marco Simoncelli died in a crash at the Malaysian MotoGP.
Yorkshire's Tom Sykes qualifed on pole and Northern Ireland's Jonathan Rea on the second row.
Kawasai rider Sykes posted the fastest time at Phillip Island of one minute 31.323 seconds.
Aprilia's Max Biaggi recorded a course-record top speed of 323.7km/h but could only qualify second, 0.154 seconds behind Sykes, with reigning series champion Carlos Checa third in 1:31.621 on his Althea Ducati.
Liberty Racing Team Effenbert's Jakub Smrz and Sylvain Guintoli - also on Ducatis - occupy the next two places, with Britons Leon Camier and Rea joining the latter on the second row either side of Red Devils Roma's Niccolo Canepa.
Rea missed out on 10 minutes of action after his bike was damaged in a crash, while Eugene Laverty, riding with an injured hand, will start 11th.