Eligibility for government subsidised training

Eligibility for Government Subsidised Training

Generally, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
  • a New Zealand citizen

    and are any of the following:
  • under 20 years of age
  • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification.

If you are enrolled at a school, you will not be able to receive a government-subsidised training place for a course through the Victorian Training Guarantee, unless you are undertaking the course as 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.

How many courses am I eligible for?

You are eligible to commence a maximum of two subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your lifetime. This restriction applies whether or not you complete the courses. For example, this means if you have already commenced two courses at the Certificate III level, you may only commence courses at the Certificate IV level (or above).

This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List or to students recommencing training in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).

Under exceptional circumstances students may apply for an exemption to the rule allowing only two commencements at the same level, enabling them to enrol in a further qualification at the same level. See the Frequently Asked Questions for information about this. No exemptions are available for any other eligibility criteria.

In addition, eligible students can begin up to two subsidised courses in a year as long as you are not doing any more than two courses at a time.


If you are seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship (not a traineeship) and you have already commenced two courses in that same year, you will be eligible for government subsidised training under Skills First if either of the two courses you previously commenced are included on the Higher Education and Skills Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway qualifications list:

Eligibility for Concession Fees

Government-subsidised students who are eligible for concessions will pay no more than 20% of the standard tuition fee per scheduled hour applicable to their course of study.

You are eligible for concessions if you are:

  • An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (including Diploma or Advanced Diploma course categories),
  • A non-indigenous student enrolling in all other course categories (i.e. excluding all Diploma or Advance Diploma) who holds one of the following that is current and valid at the time of enrolment:
    • Commonwealth Health Care Card
    • Pensioner Concession Card
    • Veterans’ Gold Card

Tuition fees for government-subsidised students are waived for students undertaking the Diploma of Children’s Services in 2014 only.

Students eligible for concession will pay no more than 20 percent of the standard tuition fee of a course in all course types except diplomas or advanced diplomas. They will also pay the concession rate for the Student Support Fee of $120 in all course types.

Australian Indigenous students are eligible to pay no more than 20 percent of the standard tuition fee of a course and also the concession rate for the Student Support Fee of $120.

Please note:
If your concession status changes and you enrol in another course the concession rates detailed above may no longer apply.
Additional fees may also be charged for materials, excursions and first aid training.

Full Fee

If you are not eligible for government-subsidised training you will pay the full fee listed on the respective course page. In addition you will need to pay the Student Services Fee of up to $200 and any applicable materials and consumables fees.