Stress less while you study - have your tuition fees paid for by the government, with Free TAFE for Priority Courses!Browse courses on offer
GOTAFE offers a wide range of Free TAFE courses to help you explore exciting new opportunities. So, boost your skills and really start building your career! Places are limited, so get in quick.
Let's talk about Free TAFE
The Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses is here to help you stress less while you study, and overcome financial barriers that might be stopping you from pursuing the course of your dreams.
The idea is to upskill more people for jobs that are in demand across Victoria. Some of them lead to work in important areas like preventing family violence, rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria or delivering our major infrastructure projects.
If eligible, your tuition fees will be paid for by the Government. Please note there may be some out-of-pocket expenses incurred from material and service fees.
Read on to find out if you're eligible, and how to get on board with Free TAFE!
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)
20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than the highest qualification previously attainedCall 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What courses are offered as part of Free TAFE?
The courses offered under Free TAFE are reviewed every year. To browse the courses currently on offer at GOTAFE, click the link below.
The tuition-free priority courses lead to occupations in industries where there are likely to be more jobs.Browse courses on offer
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 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.
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 Free TAFE for 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.
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.
GOTAFE will be able to tell you about whether you will have future Victorian Government-subsidised training options.