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Free TAFE

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

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1,000+ Students

More than 1,000 students have enrolled in a Free TAFE course at GOTAFE

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# Courses

There are currently 47 courses on offer at GOTAFE where students could be eligible

In demand jobs

Get the skills you need to land a job that is in demand

"When I found out that GOTAFE was offering this qualification as part of Free TAFE, I was excited as this meant that I could stay close to home and not have to pay travel and accommodation fees."

- William Vise, studying Cybersecurity.

Are you Eligible?

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident; or a New Zealand citizen, you may be eligible to study to a free TAFE course. Additionally, if you are:

Under 20yrs old

Aged under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications you might hold)

Upskilling

20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than the highest qualification previously attained

Call the TAFE and Training line for more information

Needing additional support

A Victorian who needs additional support, where you are:

  • unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • retrenched workers or
  • automotive supply chain workers

Seeking a Career Change

A Victorian who wants 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.

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

Free TAFE Enquiry

We can help you determine if you are eligible for the Free TAFE for Priority Courses offer and start you on your pathway to study.

The Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

The tuition-free priority course list includes 30 non-apprenticeship courses and 17 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as ‘pre-apprenticeships’).

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.

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.

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 that are Victorian Government subsidised.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’).

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.

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

You can also contact the Training and TAFE hotline on 131 823 or visit VIC Government's website for Free TAFE