Free TAFE and Job Trainer

In response to these unprecedented times, the Victorian Government are currently funding a number of training initiatives designed to get you reskilled and back into the workforce.

This means that for a limited time, you may be eligible to save up to thousands of dollars, on accredited courses as well as access flexible, sector-specific and industry-validated rapid training that responds to skills shortages and workforce demands.

These initiatives include Free TAFE, JobTrainer, Skills First Skill Sets, Construction Industry and Infection Control Skill Sets as well as NDIS and others.

If you are eligible, Free TAFE for Priority Courses pays the tuition fees for your whole course. TAFEs may charge you other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees that you will have to cover yourself.

Eligible students can access JobTrainer in addition to existing Victorian Government Skills First and Free TAFE subsidies.

With the training being focussed in fields of industry with current skill demands, you’ll have a great opportunity to begin that next chapter in your career.

Until December 2022, you also have the opportunity to study more than one course in a year, either free or low fee. Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, you may be able to enrol even if you have previously used your Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer. You may be able to get an exemption if you don’t meet the upskilling requirement.

All Free TAFE courses are also on the JobTrainer list.

Free TAFE

  • Certificate III In Commercial Cookery
    Code : SIT30816
    Length : 

    Full Time Standard Student - 1 year,  Apprenticeship - 2 to 3 Years

     

    ,

    Part Time Standard Student - 2 years

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Off Campus
  • Certificate IV In Accounting And Bookkeeping

    This course has been designed to give you the skills to undertake the role of a contract bookkeeper within a large organisation. You will learn how to perform duties such as establishing and maintaining accounting systems, assisting with business or business activity statements, processing payroll and developing management systems for organisations.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

    Code : FNS40217
    CRICOS Code : 099712E
    Length : 

    6 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Accounting

    The course provides training in accounting procedures to assist senior accountants or undertake duties requiring the services of a professional accountant. Students will gain broad-based skills and knowledge in accounting specialisations, including corporate financial accounting, financial management, cost and management accounting, accounting systems and internal controls, and taxation.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

    Code : FNS50217
    CRICOS Code : 099713D
    Length : 

    6 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Accounting
    Code : FNS50217
    Length : 

    6 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Off Campus
  • Certificate IV In Accounting And Bookkeeping
    Code : FNS40217
    Length : 

    6 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus
  • Certificate III In Commercial Cookery
    Code : SIT30816
    Length : 

    Full Time Standard Student - 1 year,  Apprenticeship - 2 to 3 Years

     

    ,

    Part Time Standard Student - 2 years

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Off Campus
  • Certificate III In Commercial Cookery

    If you’ve got a passion for cooking, this course will get you industry ready with the skills, knowledge and experience you need to start working in a commercial kitchen environment. From practical food production, hygiene and menu costing to OH&S practices and basic nutrition our expert teachers will help you transition from the classroom into real jobs with confidence and flair. You’ll also gain real skills and an industry edge training in our on-campus and fully licensed Richards Restaurant.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

     

     

    Major Study Areas

    * Leadership
    * Cookery skills
    * Restaurant operations
    * Stock control
    * OHS
    * Menu planning and costing

    Code : SIT30816
    CRICOS Code : 095453G
    Length : 

    1 year

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus
  • Certificate IV In Community Services
    Code : CHC42015
    Length : 

    9 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Community Services
    Code : CHC52015
    Length : 

    18 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus
  • Course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk
    Code : 22510VIC
    Length : ,

    10 weeks

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Community Services

    Our Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills in community development, casework and group work. This community services course prepares you to work as a social welfare worker, and provides you with an understanding of human rights, cultural inclusion, Indigenous culture, issues and strategies for effective service delivery.

    Our Diploma of Community Services is also ACWA (Australian Community Workers Association) Accredited.

    This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

    Special note: Prior to undertaking clinical work placement all students must obtain an International Police Check, Victorian Police Check and Working with Children Clearance (WWCC). Students will be responsible for the costs associated with requirements. If placements are taken outside of metropolitan Melbourne any accommodation costs that may be incurred will be the responsibility of the student.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

    To enroll with Kangan Institute, you are no longer mandated to have evidence of your COVID 19 Vaccination. It is important to note that as a part of your studies, you will be required to complete a placement component. While no longer mandated, individual Placement hosts will be guided by their individual policies and procedures in relation to vaccination requirements for staff and students. Students who are attending a community services organisation for placement purposes will need to comply with the policies and procedures of their host service.

    Modes of Study

    This course requires face to face classroom study and compulsory work placement (arranged by Kangan Institute) of 400 hours

    Major study areas

    • Workplace communication strategies
    • Diversity
    • Legal and ethical compliance
    • Workplace health and safety
    • Advocacy and representation
    • Community development strategies
    • Case management
    Code : CHC52015
    CRICOS Code : 094073E
    Length : 

    1.5 years

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Nursing
    Code : HLT54121
    Length : 

    2 years

    Campus : Essendon Campus
  • Diploma Of Nursing

    Incorporating 5 clinical work placements, this hands-on qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) to work as an Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

    This course includes a minimum of 400 hours of mandatory clinical placement.

    Special note: Prior to undertaking clinical placements all students must obtain a National Police Check, a Working With Children Check (WWCC) and prescribed immunisations. A list of required immunisations will be supplied by the Institute.

    It is now a requirement that students who have been a citizen or permanent resident of any country other than Australia or reside in any other single country other than Australia for 12 months or more are required to provide the following:
    - Nation-wide check of criminal history produced by the relevant national authority (certified English translation); or international criminal history check issued by an AHPRA approved supplier.

    Students will be responsible for the costs associated with these requirements.

    If placements are undertaken outside of metropolitan Melbourne any accommodation and travel costs that may be incurred will be the responsibility of the student.

    It is advisable to bring your medical and immunisation records with you for offshore applicants. Test results will be accepted if they were obtained within the two (2) years before the date you apply for enrolment.

    In a typical week, Diploma of Nursing students will usually attend classes three days per week with approximately 60 percent theory and 40 percent coursework practical placement. Classes will be scheduled between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

    Coursework practical placement is usually shift work, Monday to Friday, typically between the hours of 7am to 3:30pm and 1pm to 9:30pm, but may vary between health providers.

    The teaching methods used include lectures, class discussions, flexible delivery, group work and coursework practical placement. The assessment methods include tests, assignments, class presentations, posters, reports, skills assessment, work sheets and coursework practical placement.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

    Modes of Study

    This course requires face to face classroom study and compulsory work placement (arranged by Kangan Institute) of 400 hours

    Major study areas

    * Occupational health and safety
    * Infection prevention
    * Cultural diversity
    * Indigenous health
    * Law and ethics
    * Client assessment
    * Wound management
    * Medications
    * Professional nursing
    * Communications skills
    * Critical thinking
    * Mental health
    * Chronic health
    * Older clients
    * Australian healthcare system
    * First aid
    * Acute and complex nursing care
    * Develop work priorities
    * Primary health care
    * Palliative care

     

    Code : HLT54115
    CRICOS Code : 093795A
    Length : 

    2 years 3 months

    Campus : Essendon Campus

Job Trainer Courses

  • Certificate IV In Accounting And Bookkeeping

    This course has been designed to give you the skills to undertake the role of a contract bookkeeper within a large organisation. You will learn how to perform duties such as establishing and maintaining accounting systems, assisting with business or business activity statements, processing payroll and developing management systems for organisations.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

    Code : FNS40217
    CRICOS Code : 099712E
    Length : 

    6 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Accounting

    The course provides training in accounting procedures to assist senior accountants or undertake duties requiring the services of a professional accountant. Students will gain broad-based skills and knowledge in accounting specialisations, including corporate financial accounting, financial management, cost and management accounting, accounting systems and internal controls, and taxation.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

    Code : FNS50217
    CRICOS Code : 099713D
    Length : 

    6 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Accounting
    Code : FNS50217
    Length : 

    6 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Off Campus
  • Certificate IV In Accounting And Bookkeeping
    Code : FNS40217
    Length : 

    6 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus
  • Certificate III In Commercial Cookery
    Code : SIT30816
    Length : 

    Full Time Standard Student - 1 year,  Apprenticeship - 2 to 3 Years

     

    ,

    Part Time Standard Student - 2 years

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Off Campus
  • Certificate III In Commercial Cookery

    If you’ve got a passion for cooking, this course will get you industry ready with the skills, knowledge and experience you need to start working in a commercial kitchen environment. From practical food production, hygiene and menu costing to OH&S practices and basic nutrition our expert teachers will help you transition from the classroom into real jobs with confidence and flair. You’ll also gain real skills and an industry edge training in our on-campus and fully licensed Richards Restaurant.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

     

     

    Major Study Areas

    * Leadership
    * Cookery skills
    * Restaurant operations
    * Stock control
    * OHS
    * Menu planning and costing

    Code : SIT30816
    CRICOS Code : 095453G
    Length : 

    1 year

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus, Broadmeadows Campus
  • Certificate IV In Community Services
    Code : CHC42015
    Length : 

    9 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Community Services
    Code : CHC52015
    Length : 

    18 months

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Community Services

    Our Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015) is designed to provide you with knowledge and skills in community development, casework and group work. This community services course prepares you to work as a social welfare worker, and provides you with an understanding of human rights, cultural inclusion, Indigenous culture, issues and strategies for effective service delivery.

    Our Diploma of Community Services is also ACWA (Australian Community Workers Association) Accredited.

    This qualification reflects the roles of community services, case management and social housing workers involved in the managing, co-ordinating and/or delivering of person-centred services to individuals, groups and communities. At this level, workers have specialised skills in community services and work autonomously under broad directions from senior management. Workers are usually providing direct support to individuals or groups of individuals. Workers may also have responsibility for the supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities.

    Special note: Prior to undertaking clinical work placement all students must obtain an International Police Check, Victorian Police Check and Working with Children Clearance (WWCC). Students will be responsible for the costs associated with requirements. If placements are taken outside of metropolitan Melbourne any accommodation costs that may be incurred will be the responsibility of the student.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

    To enroll with Kangan Institute, you are no longer mandated to have evidence of your COVID 19 Vaccination. It is important to note that as a part of your studies, you will be required to complete a placement component. While no longer mandated, individual Placement hosts will be guided by their individual policies and procedures in relation to vaccination requirements for staff and students. Students who are attending a community services organisation for placement purposes will need to comply with the policies and procedures of their host service.

    Modes of Study

    This course requires face to face classroom study and compulsory work placement (arranged by Kangan Institute) of 400 hours

    Major study areas

    • Workplace communication strategies
    • Diversity
    • Legal and ethical compliance
    • Workplace health and safety
    • Advocacy and representation
    • Community development strategies
    • Case management
    Code : CHC52015
    CRICOS Code : 094073E
    Length : 

    1.5 years

    Campus : Broadmeadows Campus
  • Diploma Of Nursing
    Code : HLT54121
    Length : 

    2 years

    Campus : Essendon Campus
  • Diploma Of Nursing

    Incorporating 5 clinical work placements, this hands-on qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge required to be eligible for registration with AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) to work as an Enrolled Nurse in Australia.

    This course includes a minimum of 400 hours of mandatory clinical placement.

    Special note: Prior to undertaking clinical placements all students must obtain a National Police Check, a Working With Children Check (WWCC) and prescribed immunisations. A list of required immunisations will be supplied by the Institute.

    It is now a requirement that students who have been a citizen or permanent resident of any country other than Australia or reside in any other single country other than Australia for 12 months or more are required to provide the following:
    - Nation-wide check of criminal history produced by the relevant national authority (certified English translation); or international criminal history check issued by an AHPRA approved supplier.

    Students will be responsible for the costs associated with these requirements.

    If placements are undertaken outside of metropolitan Melbourne any accommodation and travel costs that may be incurred will be the responsibility of the student.

    It is advisable to bring your medical and immunisation records with you for offshore applicants. Test results will be accepted if they were obtained within the two (2) years before the date you apply for enrolment.

    In a typical week, Diploma of Nursing students will usually attend classes three days per week with approximately 60 percent theory and 40 percent coursework practical placement. Classes will be scheduled between 9:00am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

    Coursework practical placement is usually shift work, Monday to Friday, typically between the hours of 7am to 3:30pm and 1pm to 9:30pm, but may vary between health providers.

    The teaching methods used include lectures, class discussions, flexible delivery, group work and coursework practical placement. The assessment methods include tests, assignments, class presentations, posters, reports, skills assessment, work sheets and coursework practical placement.

    Our course delivery features a combination of on-campus and remote (online) learning. This flexibility allows our students to continue to study in a safe, guided and supported manner.

    Modes of Study

    This course requires face to face classroom study and compulsory work placement (arranged by Kangan Institute) of 400 hours

    Major study areas

    * Occupational health and safety
    * Infection prevention
    * Cultural diversity
    * Indigenous health
    * Law and ethics
    * Client assessment
    * Wound management
    * Medications
    * Professional nursing
    * Communications skills
    * Critical thinking
    * Mental health
    * Chronic health
    * Older clients
    * Australian healthcare system
    * First aid
    * Acute and complex nursing care
    * Develop work priorities
    * Primary health care
    * Palliative care

     

    Code : HLT54115
    CRICOS Code : 093795A
    Length : 

    2 years 3 months

    Campus : Essendon Campus

What is free TAFE for priority courses?

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay your tuition fees to study in selected courses at TAFE, if you’re eligible.

 

Who is eligible for free TAFE for priority courses?

You might be eligible if you are under 20 years old, or if you are enrolling in a course at a higher level than any you have completed before, but you can check at any TAFE or contact the Training and TAFE line on 131 823.

A TAFE will confirm your eligibility when you enrol in Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

When does free TAFE for priority courses start?

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will start on 1 January 2019.

TAFEs may take enrolments for Free TAFE for Priority Courses that commence in 2019, during 2018.

Which courses will be tuition-free priority courses?

  • The tuition-free priority course list includes 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as ‘pre-apprenticeships’).
  • The Government will make further announcements to confirm the composition of a further ten priority courses following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year.
  • The tuition-free priority courses lead to occupations in industries where there are likely to be more jobs. Some of them lead to work in important areas like preventing family violence, rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria and delivering our major infrastructure projects.

Where can I do tuition-free priority courses?

You can do tuition free priority courses at Victorian TAFE institutes, including universities that offer TAFE courses.

To find a course near you, contact the Training and TAFE line on 131 823.

Does it cover all my fees?

  • If you are eligible, Free TAFE for Priority Courses pays the tuition fees for your whole course.
  • TAFEs may charge you other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees that you will have to cover yourself.

Can I do a course that’s not on the free TAFE for priority courses list?

  • Only the courses on the tuition-free priority course list will be tuition fee-free, but there are around 1,000 courses you can do at TAFEs and other training providers that are Victorian Government-subsidised.
  • While some tuition fees may apply for Victorian Government-subsidised training, you may be eligible for a concession.
  • Check the Victorian Skills Gateway to find Victorian Government-subsidised courses near you (Search the internet for ‘Victorian Skills Gateway’) and your training provider can check if you are eligible for a concession.

What’s the difference between government-subsidised training and free TAFE for priority courses?

  • Victorian Government-subsidised training is when the Government pays a large portion of the cost of your training if you are eligible, and you make a contribution, by paying fees. It's been around for a while and there are around 1,000 subsidised courses you can do at TAFEs and other training providers.
  • The courses on the tuition free priority course list are subsidised, but the Government will also pay your tuition fees, if you’re eligible. It starts next year.

I am doing training now in a course on the tuition free priority course list. Will I get a refund on fees I pay for this year?

No. Free TAFE for priority courses only applies to eligible students who enrol in a tuition free priority course that commences after 1 January 2019.

I am doing training now. Should I drop out and start again next year, when free TAFE for priority courses comes in?

  • If you are currently doing training and you are happy with your course, you should complete it, especially if you have a Victorian Government subsidised place. There are limits on the number of times you can commence courses and stay eligible for subsidised training, so dropping out and restarting could mean you become ineligible.
  • If you are thinking of dropping out for any reason, talk to the careers guidance can help you. You can visit a Skills and Jobs Centre near you.

If I do a free TAFE for priority courses, will I get a job?

  • The tuition-free priority courses are in areas where there are likely to be more jobs in the future.
  • When you finish your course, a Skills and Jobs Centre can help you search for a job and support you to prepare your resume. (Search the internet for ‘Victorian Skills and Job Centres’.)

How many priority courses can I do tuition-free?

  • Free TAFE for Priority Courses will pay your tuition fees for one course.
  • Once you have enrolled in a tuition-free priority course, you can’t get a tuition-free place again, even if you don’t finish your first tuition-free priority course.
  • You need to make a careful choice, so talk to us or Skills and Jobs Centre if you are unsure.

How will free TAFE for priority courses affect my eligibility for future government-subsidised training?

  • Courses undertaken as Free TAFE for Priority Courses are treated the same way as any other course you have undertaken, for the purpose of determining whether you are eligible for further Victorian Government-subsidised training.
  • Your TAFE will be able to tell you about whether you will have future Victorian Government-subsidised training options.

Where can I find out more?

Contact the Training and TAFE line on 131 823 or visit www.TAFE.vic.gov.au.

1 Apprenticeship pathway courses are progressively updated on the Skills First Funded Course List following confirmation from relevant bodies.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

JobTrainer is available to those who are:

  • 17 to 24 years old when the course starts; or
  • a job seeker of any age.

And
They must not have commenced a full qualification under JobTrainer before.

What proof to I need to provide that I am a job seeker?

If you are over 24 and a job seeker Kangan Institute must sight and retain evidence of your job seeker status. We accept the following:

  • a current and valid Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
  • a separation certificate from their employer; or
  • a letter from their employer or company receiver stating that they have been made, or will be made, redundant or retrenched

What are the eligibility exemptions under JobTrainer?

The normal Skills First eligibility criteria apply to JobTrainer but with two exceptions.

No upskilling requirement
You can grant an eligibility exemption to a student who doesn’t meet the upskilling requirement.

No ‘two at level in a lifetime’ limit
You can grant an eligibility exemption to a student who doesn’t meet the ‘two at level in a lifetime’ limit.

Can apprentices and trainees do JobTrainer?

Apprenticeships
No. Apprentices and School-Based Apprentices are not eligible for JobTrainer.

Traineeships

  • School based traineeships are not eligible for JobTrainer
  • Kangan Institute can enrol any 17 to 24-year-old in a non-School-Based JobTrainer traineeship, regardless of their employment status when they signed their training contract.
  • Kangan Institute can only enrol someone over 24-years old in a JobTrainer traineeship if they:
    • hold a current and valid Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card
    • were unemployed at the commencement date of their training contract; or
    • became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their training contract.

How does JobTrainer affect Free TAFE?

  • All the courses on the Free TAFE for Priority Courses List are also on the JobTrainer Funded Courses Report and Free TAFE must remain free for TAFE students.
  • Normally a Skills First student is only entitled to one Free TAFE fee waiver. However, TAFEs can enrol a student who had previously used their Free TAFE entitlement in a second Free TAFE course under JobTrainer at no cost to them.
  • A student who does a Free TAFE course under JobTrainer who has not previously used their Free TAFE entitlement will remain entitled to use it for one more Free TAFE course outside of JobTrainer in the future.

Where can I find out more information about JobTrainer?

For more information about JobTrainer please visit the Myskills website https://www.myskills.gov.au/ or the Victorian Skills gateway https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/s/jobtrainer.