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Free TAFE equips you with the skills we need to build our state. Reskill, change careers or improve your employment opportunities at Box Hill Institute. These courses lead to jobs in-demand across Victoria.

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The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for in-demand, priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training. We are now taking enrolments for these Free TAFE courses.

Please note that there are other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, which you will have to cover yourself. These vary depending on which Free TAFE course you are studying. Details are available on the course information pages found below.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand. It will give more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE where, more than ever, they can learn the skills we need to build our state.

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Why study with Box Hill Institute?

Where industry, business and community meet

At Box Hill Institute, we believe that education isn’t just a product - it’s a life changing experience. 

That’s why we’re proud to offer a range of nationally recognised qualifications, inspired by industry and tailored to your needs. 

Skilled trade experts make a good living. Once qualified, you can be your own boss, choose your own hours, and make a decent salary. At Box Hill Institute, we offer a range of trade courses to get you started in your career or to help you upskill. You’ll get hands on experience and learn from industry professionals in purpose-built facilities

Box Hill Institute will equip you with the skills you need to thrive in the workplace, helping you to discover and create new career opportunities across a variety of industries.  

  • Modern facilities in Box Hill and Lilydale
  • Qualified teachers
  • Career-oriented learning
  • Practical skills
  • Industry connections

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    Eligibility Criteria

    Free TAFE Courses Eligibility

    Any Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen is eligible to do Free TAFE for Priority Courses in Victoria if they meet the following criteria.

    Under 20 or upskilling:

    • are under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications), or
    • are 20 or older and enroling in a course that is a higher qualification than you’ve previously attained 

    Victorians who need additional support:

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

    Looking to change careers

    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.

    Please note: The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have enrolled in a tuition-free priority course, you cannot get a tuition-free place again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

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    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.

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    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 by contacting Box Hill Institute on 1300 269 445 or by contacting the Training and TAFE line on 131 823.

    A TAFE, such as Box Hill Institute, will confirm your eligibility when you enrol in Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

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    When does Free TAFE for Priority Courses start?

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

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    Which courses will be tuition-free priority courses?

    The tuition-free priority course list includes non-apprenticeship courses and 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.

    Non-apprenticeship courses

    Apprenticeship pathway courses

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    Where can I do tuition-free priority courses?

    You can do tuition-free priority courses at Victorian TAFE institutes, such as Box Hill Institute, as well as universities that offer TAFE courses.

    To find a course near you, contact Box Hill Institute on 1300 269 445 or call the Training and TAFE line on 131 823.

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    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.

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    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 such as Box Hill Institute 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 and Box Hill Insitute can check if you are eligible for a concession.

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    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 in 2019.

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    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 a course advisor at Box Hill Institute on 1300 269 445, or visit one of the Skills and Jobs Centres located at our City, Box Hill, and Lilydale Campuses. Skills and Job Centres are based in TAFEs across Victoria and provide expert advice on training and employment opportunities.

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    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 located at our City, Box Hill, or Lilydale Campus can help you search for a job and support you to prepare your resume.

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    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 in a different Free TAFE course, even if you don't finish your first tuition-free priority course.

    You need to make a careful choice, so talk to Box Hill Institute 1300 269 445 or visit a Skills and Jobs Centre located at our City, Box Hill, or Lilydale Campus if you are unsure.

    (Note: If you don't finish your first Free TAFE course and wish to recommence it, you can do this at the same TAFE or a different TAFE while that course is still on offer.)

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    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.

    Box Hill Institute are able to tell you about whether you will have future Victorian Government-subsidised training options.

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    Where can I find out more?

    Contact Box Hill Institute on 1300 269 445 or call the Training and TAFE line on 131 823 or visit www.tafe.vic.gov.au.

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    Free TAFE Priority Courses (2020 & 2021)

    These courses have been deemed Free TAFE courses for 2020 and 2021.

    Certificate II in

    This state accredited electrical and refrigeration course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge across a range of sectors, including electrical, electronics, refrigeration and mechanical engineering. 

    This hands on pre-apprenticeship program will provide you with a broad understanding of the electrical industry, learning how to use tools, electrical wiring and equipment of the Electrical Trade, in addition to an introduction to basic Air Conditioning Systems.

    On completion of this course you will also receive a White Card enabling you to work safely on a building site. This will provide you with a better standing when applying for an apprenticeship with an employer.

    Certificate II in

    If you love cars, or simply enjoy working with your hands, use this course to gain the skills and knowledge required to perform a range of tasks related to servicing and repairing air conditioning components. You'll learn how to diagnose and repair cooling systems, how to inspect and service both engines and fuel systems, how to test and repair electrical circuits and how to install basic ancillary electrical systems and components.  You have the option of studying the full qualification, or alternatively use your existing qualification as credit towards this course.  

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    This course is designed to provide you with the hands-on skills and practical knowledge to assist in gaining an automotive apprenticeship. You will learn to use relevant tools and equipment, servicing and inspection of engines, transmissions, cooling, fuel, steering, suspension and braking systems. You will also learn how to identify and inspect automotive faults.

    Certificate II in

    This carpentry course will prepare you for a carpentry apprenticeship. Our building and construction (carpentry) pre-apprenticeship course will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to prepare you for work or further study within the building and construction industry.

    Certificate II in

    If you enjoy working with wood, creating furniture and constructing kitchens and cabinets, this furniture making course could help turn your interest into a career path. This furniture course is suitable for starting a career in the cabinet and furniture making industry or for people to develop their own furniture and cabinet making skills. Learn as you build a range of high quality furniture pieces that you can take home with you. You will learn about basic occupational health and safety, how to read documents and how to make accurate measurements. You will participate in environmentally sustainable work practices and discover what it means to communicate and work within a team environment.

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    This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge for entry into an apprenticeship within the plumbing industry. You will be introduced to the basic skills and knowledge that underpin the CPC32413 – Certificate III in Plumbing.

    You will learn some of the following skills and knowledge topics: the calculations to carry out your work, produce technical drawings, select and use the correct plumbing tools, equipment and materials, plumbing supplies, principles of sustainability in the plumbing industry, employment opportunities in the plumbing industry, maintain safe working conditions and complete basic first aid and completion of your white card for the construction industry.

    Certificate II in

    This printing course is for those keen to enter the printing and design industry focusing on digital print. You will gain the skills to design, layout materials, proofread and engage with commercial printers to meet briefs. On completing the course, you will also gain credits towards a traineeship or secure an apprenticeship or be able to progress to other design courses.

    Certificate III in

    In this course you’ll gain the essential knowledge and skills to work an allied health assistant. In this career, you’ll be an important member of the health team who supports the delivery of allied health services. You’ll work in areas such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, nutrition and dietetics, and podiatry. During this course you will learn how to follow treatment plans for therapeutic interventions with clients and conduct programs under the regular direct, indirect or remote supervision of an allied health professional. To achieve this health qualification, you must complete at least 80 hours of work providing basic assistance to an allied health professional.

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    Gain the culinary skills and expertise you need with our commercial cookery apprenticeship. You’ll learn everything from making bread and filleting fish, to creating menus and cooking specialist dishes from recipes provided by top chefs.  You will also get the opportunity to meet other people in your field when you participate in any required gap training.

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    Our Certificate III in Commercial Cookery is ideal for mature-age students who'd like to become a qualified commercial cook or anyone wanting to gain the culinary skills and expertise needed for a professional cooking role. Learn everything from making bread and filleting fish, to creating menus and cooking specialist dishes from recipes provided by top chefs. During our course, you can also grab the opportunity to enter a range of prestigious industry awards and competitions.

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    If you are seeking a career as a dental assistant and are currently employed in a dental practice, our dental assisting course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. With this nationally recognised health qualification, you can competently assist a dentist, dental therapist or dental hygienist during oral health care procedures.

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    If you are seeking a career as a dental assistant, or you’re currently employed in a dental practice, our dental assisting course will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed. With this nationally recognised health qualification, you can competently assist a dentist, dental therapist or dental hygienist during oral health care procedures. You will learn all aspects of chair side assisting and gain industry experience by undertaking a minimum of 250 hours work placement.  

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    This course is the minimum entry requirement for working in the early childhood sector. Students undertaking this course will learn from experienced and supportive teachers and must complete work placement with children aged birth - 6 years. You will gain the skills and knowledge to:

    • maintain a safe and hygienic environment and practices
    • promote healthy eating and ensure that food and drinks provided are nutritious, appropriate for each child and prepared in a safe and hygienic manner.
    • apply strategies to guide responsible behaviour of children and young people in a safe and supportive environment.
    • provide children with opportunities to maximise their potential and develop a foundation for future success.
    • understand and comply with legislations and regulatory requirements

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    Through our Certificate III in Education Support, you’ll  be engaged in a variety of tasks centred on supporting students and assisting teachers to deliver a quality education program. With our qualification you can seek work as a teacher's aide, integration aide or an education support worker. 

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    Do you want to make a difference to the experience of hospital patients? Get started in this rewarding career with our health services course. In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge to work as a health services assistant in a hospital. Gain knowledge and practical skills in anatomy, medical terminology, direct client contact and care, from infection control, to making beds and serving patient meals.  

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    Do you want to make a difference to the experience of hospital patients? Get started in this rewarding career with our health services course. In this course you will learn the skills and knowledge to work as a health services assistant in a hospital. Gain knowledge and practical skills in anatomy, medical terminology, direct client contact and care, from infection control, to making beds and serving patient meals.  

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    Learn the required skills and knowledge to work in the fast-paced role of an operating theatre technician in our health services course. You will learn skills to transfer patients to a theatre, move them safely onto the operating table, attach various pieces of essential equipment and interact with the surgical team to ensure the patient’s journey is smooth, safe and comfortable.

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    By taking the opportunity to complete our Certificate III in Horticulture, you'll gain the practical, hands-on experience you’ll need to launch your career in this fast-growing industry in and round the Yarra Valley and ranges. In our course you'll enhance your skills and knowledge via a wide range of subjects, plant identification, pest, disease and weed management, machinery operation, propagation, and soil management.

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    This highly sought after traineeship is now available to Victorian secondary school students studying VCE and VCAL.  You will gain an understanding of food preparation and cookery principles and develop practical skills in the kitchen at Fountains Restaurant (Box Hill Campus - Elgar) or Mitchell’s View (Lilydale Lakeside Campus). You will learn how to cater for special occasion dinners, provide restaurant quality and function food, along with using commercially prepared products. You will also gain your Food Handlers Certificate and Responsible Service of Alcohol.

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    If you have a genuine interest in caring for older people, then our course in individual support will help you gain essential, person-centred skills and knowledge to care for and support older people living in residential and aged care facilities. In this health course, learn how to provide physical and psychosocial support for older people and benefit from the opportunity to do a work placement with leading industry aged-care providers.

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    If you are interested in joining the tourism industry (identified as a super growth area) this tourism course is for you. You can enrol as a trainee with your own workplace employment or non trainee which will include work placement. This course gives you the hands on skills needed to work in the growing tourism industry.  You'll be exposed to a range of tourism experts throughout your learning who will help to develop your knowledge and skills to meet the needs of your customers. As well as developing skills in tourism destinations, services, sales, communicating and advising customers you will also learn about planning and organising events in a tourism organisation. This could be from conducting tours, coordinating a range of activities to encourage visitors to a tourism destination to small public or events such as celebrations or seasonal attractions. The course is designed so that you will undertake a component of your training in a tourism organisation (vineyard, cellar door, local adventure centre, tour operator etc) so you can apply your learning and use the real life experiences towards your assessments and completions.

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    The Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping will equip you with the skills to successfully obtain employment in the field of accounting. Through your studies you'll learn how to prepare basic financial statements, budgets, and asset and inventory registers, preparing you to work in a business environment and complete office tax documentation.

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    This course will give you the skills and knowledge to work as an Allied Health Assistant. You will conduct allied health therapeutic and program-related activities under the guidance and direct, indirect or remote supervision of an allied health professional. While doing so, you will be required to identify client circumstances that need additional input from the relevant allied health professional you are working with.

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    Gain the skills and knowledge to undertake a supervisory role in building and construction. Learn the fundamental practical and managerial skills and knowledge necessary for this role, including preparing major domestic construction contracts, occupational health and safety (OH&S), project estimates and small business management. 

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    Our community services course is ideal for anyone looking to commence a rewarding career in community services. This broad introduction to the community services sector will enable you to develop the knowledge and skills to work with individuals, families, social groups or larger communities to support activities, information and referral for people in need of assistance in our communities. Our course is also a great choice if you're seeking to gain employment related to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

    We are looking forward to supporting Victorians who are seeking to change careers through the state government Working for Victoria initiative. 

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    Do you have an interest in working in the information technology industry? In our Certificate IV in Cyber Security, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge for a successful career as a cyber security paraprofessional, gaining a high level of current industry-relevant cyber security skills in a range of areas including basic networking, PEN testing, website security, network security and more.

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    Prepare yourself for work in the disability sector with our disability course. After completing our course you’ll be ready to provide complex support and training to people with disabilities within a person-centred framework in residential and community settings.

    Improve your skills and knowledge to advocate for and empower people with disabilities, enhancing their ability to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance and community participation.

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    Develop your skills in the mental health support area with our Certificate IV in Mental Health. During our course you'll gain the skills and knowledge to empower clients through self-directed recovery oriented support, assisting people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Your work will involve implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability.

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    By completing this qualification, you will have the ability to apply to the VBA to become a licenced plumber.

    Develop your career and employment options through our plumbing and services course. With the guidance of current industry professionals, you will gain the necessary knowledge to manage plumbing projects and prepare to run your own business.

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    Develop your skills as a youth worker with our youth work course. During our course you’ll learn how to support, advocate and empower young people to have a voice, and improve your skills in working effectively with, and providing services to, young people. Subjects studied include: responding to critical situations; child protection; mental health; drug and alcohol rehabilitation; legal and ethical compliance; diversity; and communication. 

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    Our accounting course teaches you how to prepare income tax returns, financial reports for reporting entities, and how to prepare and maintain complex budgets and forecasts. You will learn to develop and implement internal control procedures, marketing activities, and financial strategies. You will also learn to develop, implement and measure performance management systems.

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    Prepare for a career in the building and construction industry. Our building course will provide you with the skills and knowledge associated with the planning and construction of a range of building types within Australia. During this course you will investigate, research and apply problem-solving techniques in a variety of areas.

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    • If you’re looking to commence or further your career in community services, our Diploma of Community Services is the ideal course. Develop the knowledge and skills to work at an advanced skill level with individuals, families, social groups or larger communities to support activities, information and referral for people in need of assistance in our communities.

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    Gain the skills and knowledge to work as a qualified early childhood educator with our early childhood education course. You’ll learn how to design and implement educational programs, and enhance your abilities in the principles and practices of early childhood pedagogy, child development, health and well being. Learn on campus with experienced and supportive trainers, in practical children’s services simulation rooms and during extensive industry work placement.

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    Gain the essential skills and knowledge to work as an enrolled nurse in a variety of healthcare settings with our nursing course. Learn how to administer and monitor medications and care for a range of clients. Develop effective communication skills and understand how to work within the legal and ethical parameters in nursing. In this health course, you will complete a mandatory 400 hours of clinical placement across metropolitan and rural areas.