Check your eligibility for subsidised training
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Check your eligibility for subsidised training

Help & advice

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  • The Victorian Government subsidises some TAFE and training courses.
  • To do subsidised training, you have to meet eligibility criteria.
  • If you are eligible, you pay less for your training.
  • You can check your eligibility on the Victorian Skills Gateway.
  • When you enrol in a subsidised course, the training provider will check and confirm your eligibility.
  • If you are eligible, there are limits to how many subsidised courses you can do.


Not everyone is eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training. Your eligibility depends on lots of things, including:

  • your age
  • what training you've done or are doing now (including subsidised and non-subsidised training)
  • when you did this training.

Even if you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll need to contact the training provider before you apply to check if there are subsidised places available, and to confirm your eligibility.

Eligibility criteria

Citizenship

To be eligible for subsidised training, you have to be:

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a New Zealand citizen.

Age

You are eligible for subsidised training in 2019 if you are under 20 years old as of 1 January 2019.

If you are over 20 years old, you are only eligible for subsidised training for courses leading to a higher qualification than you already have. For example, if you have a Certificate III, you can't do a subsidised Certificate II course.

It's important to note, however, that there are some exemptions and exclusions to the criteria, and limits to how many subsidised courses you can do.

Asylum seekers and overseas students

If you are an asylum seeker, you may be able to get subsidised training though the Asylum seeker VET program.

If you are an overseas student, you are not eligible for subsidised training in Victoria, but you may be able to get other government assistance. See the Australian Government Study Assist page for more information.

Exemptions and exclusions

There are some exemptions to the criteria. This means that some people are eligible for subsidised training without having to meet the criteria. For example, if you've been retrenched, you may not need to meet the eligibility criteria.

There are also some exclusions from the critieria. This means that some people are not eligible for subsidised training. For example, if you're in prison, you're not eligible.

For more detail about these exemptions and exclusions, see VET Funding Contracts.

There are also some subsidised courses you can do without having to meet the criteria. For more information about these courses, contact the training provider or your local Skills and Jobs Centre.

Check your eligibility with the training provider

When you apply for a subsidised course, the training provider will check and confirm your eligibility using these eligibility criteria.

To do this, they'll ask you for documents, including proof of your citizenship or residency and details about any study you've done.

It's a good idea to check with the training provider to find out if they offer any exemptions from the eligibility criteria.

See Prepare for an eligibility assessment for more information.

How many subsidised courses you can do

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can do more than 1 subsidised course, but there are limits:

  • You can't start* more than 2 subsidised courses in a year.
  • You can't do more than 2 subsidised courses at the same time.
  • You can't start* more than 2 subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your life.
  • You can only start 1 Free TAFE course with the tuition fee waiver.

*This includes courses you start but don't finish.


Eligibility Checker

Use the Eligibility Checker to find out whether you may be eligible for government-subsidised training.

Before you start

It's helpful to make a list of any training or study you've done or are doing now (even if it's not finished), including:

  • qualification level (for example, Certificate II, Degree)
  • whether it was government-subsidised
  • when you started.

Do this before you start the Eligibility Checker.

Are you:
  • an Australian citizen; or
  • a holder of a permanent visa; or
  • a New Zealand citizen?
Based on your answer you may not be eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training under the Victorian Training Guarantee. For confirmation, please check with your RTO.
Are you planning to undertake vocational training while you are enrolled in school?
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for government-subsidised training under the Victorian Training Guarantee if your course is part of a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The Government supports schools in other ways to offer vocational training to their students, so you should discuss all your options with your school.
Were you under 20 years of age on 1 January this year?
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a vocational training course at any level, other than Foundation Skills courses. You may also be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a Foundation Skills course, unless you are receiving equivalent training elsewhere.

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List). This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship.

You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List).

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).
What is the highest qualification you currently hold? (Don’t include Foundation Skills courses, Senior Secondary certificates, vocational certificates completed as part of your secondary school studies and overseas qualifications where no equivalent AQF qualification has been established).
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a vocational training course at any level, other than Foundation Skills courses. You may also be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a Foundation Skills course, unless you are receiving equivalent training elsewhere.

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List). This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship.

You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List).

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place at either a Certificate II level or higher, an Apprenticeship course or VCE or VCAL. You may also be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a Foundation Skills course, unless you are receiving equivalent training elsewhere.

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List). This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship.

You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List).

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place at either a Certificate III level or higher, an Apprenticeship course or VCE or VCAL. You may also be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a Foundation Skills, unless you are receiving equivalent training elsewhere.

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List). This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship.

You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List).

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place at either a Certificate IV level or higher, an Apprenticeship course or VCE or VCAL. You may also be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a Foundation Skills course, unless you are receiving equivalent training elsewhere.

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List). This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship.

You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List).

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place at either a Diploma level or higher, an Apprenticeship course or VCE or VCAL. You may also be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a Foundation Skills course, unless you are receiving equivalent training elsewhere.

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List). This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship.

You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time (including courses on the approved Foundation Skills List).

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List, Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place at either an Advanced Diploma level or higher, an Apprenticeship course or VCE or VCAL.

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year. This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship.

You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time.

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place at either the Graduate Certificate level or higher, an Apprenticeship course or VCE or VCAL.

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year. This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship.

You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time.

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).
Based on your answer, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place in an Apprenticeship course or VCE or VCAL.

You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in one year. This maximum doesn’t include pre-apprenticeships for individuals who want to enrol in an apprenticeship.

You can undertake up to two government-subsidised courses at one time.

You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. This restriction does not apply to Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)/Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to students starting training again in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).

More help and information

For more information about subsidised training and eligibility, contact the TAFE and Training Line.

If you are not eligible for subsidised training, you may be able to get other government assistance while you study.

Find subsidised training

Use the Victorian Skills Gateway to search for courses or training providers you’re interested in, then filter by ‘government-subsidised'.

Government-subsidised training is marked with this symbol.