Free TAFE for Priority Courses

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to priority occupations – those in demand from employers in the Victorian economy.

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.

From 1 January 2019, students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for:

  • An initial 20 priority non apprenticeship courses, state-wide – a further 10 priority courses will be confirmed following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year
  • 18 Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre apprenticeships)

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

Students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training can access the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative to study tuition fee free in one of the following courses in 2019:

Non-apprenticeship courses

  • Certificate IV/Diploma in Accounting
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • Certificate IV/Diploma in Building and Construction (Building)
  • Certificate III/IV/Diploma in Community Services
  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate III in Education Support
  • Certificate III in Horticulture
  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

Apprenticeship pathway courses

  • Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology
  • Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant



If you’re eligible, the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will cover the tuition fees for the duration of your course. You’ll still need to pay for other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees.

You may be eligible if you are under 20 years old, or if you are enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.

Eligible students can access this initiative only once, even if you do not finish your tuition-free-free priority course. So, it is important that you consider your training choice carefully.