Not everyone is eligible for Victorian
government-subsidised training. Your eligibility depends on lots of things, including:
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.
To be eligible for subsidised training, you have to be:
You are eligible for subsidised training in 2020 if you are
under 20 years old as of 1 January 2020.
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.
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.
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:
*This includes courses you start but don't finish.
Use the Eligibility Checker to find out whether you may be eligible for government-subsidised training.
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:
Do this before you start the Eligibility Checker.
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.
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