FREE TAFE for Priority Courses

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay a student’s tuition fees, if eligible, to study one of 38 priority courses at TAFE.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will give more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE.

More than ever, the skills we need to build our state are learned at TAFE.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce financial barriers for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs – in demand from Victorian employers.

From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses covers tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training.

The tuition fee free priority course list includes non-apprenticeship courses and courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as ‘pre-apprenticeships’).

The tuition fee 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.

Students who are eligible for the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative can study in one of the following courses at GOTAFE in 2019:

If you have any questions email freetafe@gotafe.vic.edu.au

Non-Apprenticeship Courses

  • SIT30813/SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • SIT30116 Certificate III in Tourism
  • AHC30216 Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
  • AHC30716 Certificate III in Horticulture
  • AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
  • CPC40912 Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services
  • FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting
  • MEM40105 Certificate IV in Engineering
  • HLT33015 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT43015 Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
  • 22334VIC Certificate IV in Cyber Security
  • CHC40313 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention
  • SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality
  • HLT54115 Diploma of Nursing
  • HLT35015 Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • CHC40213 Certificate IV in Education Support
  • AHC20116 Certificate II In Agriculture
  • AHC30116 Certificate III In Agriculture
  • CHC30213 Certificate III in Education Support
  • CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services
  • CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
  • CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support
  • CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • FNS40217 Certificate IV In Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • CPC30313 Certificate III in Concreting

Apprenticeship Pathway Courses

  • 22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship
  • MSF20313 Certificate II in Furniture Making
  • AUR20716 Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
  • 22304VIC Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
  • MSF20413 Certificate II in Glass and Glazing
  • AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture
  • UEE22011 Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • SHB20216 Certificate II in Salon Assistant
  • AUR20516 Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
  • AUR20916 Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • CPC20211 Certificate II in Construction Pathways

Watch this space for more qualifications coming soon.

Eligibility

  • are aged under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications you might hold); or
  • are 20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than the highest qualification previously attained
  • Victorians who need additional support (unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network, retrenched workers or automotive supply chain workers)
  • Victorians who want to reskill, change careers, improve their employment prospects and/or meet the needs of local industries, subject to availability of TAFE places, and prioritised based on need.

For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, you can contact the TAFE and Training line on 13 18 23.

FREE TAFE for Priority Courses Q&As

Skills and Jobs Centres located at GOTAFE campuses across North East Victoria will continue to play a large part in providing expert advice on training and employment opportunities to those wishing to take advantage of this initiative.

For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, including eligibility and course details, contact GOTAFE at enquiry@gotafe.vic.edu.au or 1300 GOTAFE (468 233).

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.
  • The list of courses are in the two sections above

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?

Yes, however you will need to pay the necessary tuition fee and costs associated with that course. If you are interested in doing a course that is not included on the Free TAFE for Priority Courses then you may be able to apply for a course that is Victorian Government subsidised so the cost to you is reduced, if you are eligible.

There are many courses at TAFE and registered training organisations that are Victorian Government subsidised.

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 staff at your training provider, or visit a Skills and Jobs Centre near you. Skills and Job Centres are based in TAFEs across Victoria and provide expert advice on training and employment opportunities.

If I do 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.

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 your local TAFE or Skills and Jobs Centre if you are unsure (Search the internet for ‘Victorian Skills and Job Centres’).

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?