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Free TAFE for Priority Courses

As part of the State Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses, you can now study a free TAFE course at Box Hill Institute.

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Free TAFE for Priority Courses

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From 1 January 2019, the State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will cover the cost of tuition fees for 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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Free TAFE Courses Eligibility

The State Government is investing $172 million to make 20 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee-free.

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.

See our Frequently Asked Questions

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.

 

Exemptions

If you don’t meet these criteria you may qualify for an eligibility exemption. An exemption will enable you to receive a Free TAFE place in 2019. Enquire now to find out if you qualify.

 

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.

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 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.



When does Free TAFE for Priority Courses start?

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



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



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.



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 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.



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.



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.



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.



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.)



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.



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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