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The tuition fees you pay will depend on:

  • whether you are enrolling in a VET/TAFE level course
  • if you are eligible for a government-subsidised place 
  • whether you are enrolling in a Higher Education (undergraduate or post graduate) course

More information can be found in your Welcome booklet.

In addition to the tuition fee the following fees generally also apply:

  • Service and amenity fee
  • Materials fee
  • Core Skills Support fee

Please go to the course of your choice for the exact fees. 

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Note: You might be eligible for tuition fee concessions or exemptions. Read on to find out more.

More information on the following categories are available below:

  • Type of tuition fees (including full fee/fee for service and government subsidised places)
  • Tuition fee concessions
  • Tuition fee exemptions
  • Other fee-related information

International Students

Please refer to the International Course List & Fees for more information.

Domestic Students

The different course levels and fee rate types are as follows:

VET or Higher Education (HE) Course Level Rate Types HELP Loan Available?
TAFE/VET fees apply VCE/VCAL (senior secondary) Government subsidised or Full-fee No
Certificate I
Certificate II
Certificate III
Certificate IV*
Government subsidised or Full-fee No
Diploma
Advanced Diploma
Vocational Graduate Certificate
Graduate Certificate (VET)
Vocational Graduate Diploma
Graduate Diploma (VET)

Yes
VET Student Loans
(approved courses only)

Higher education fees apply Diploma (Higher Education)
Associate Degree
Bachelor Degree
Graduate Certificate (HE)
Graduate Diploma (HE)
Masters
Full-fee only Yes FEE HELP

Please go to the course of your choice for the exact fees. 

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Please note: The student tuition fee rates are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. 

  • At the Skills Deepening level, the 20% concession fee rate is only available to indigenous students.
  • Age is calculated as at the first day of the calendar year, in which students enrol to courses.
  • For Foundation courses, only students who do not hold a prior completed Diploma or higher, and, are not also enrolled in a Skills for Education & Employment (SEE) program are eligible for a government – subsidised place in 2018.

 

This is to acknowledge that training for government subsidised courses is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

The Victorian Government provides subsidised places for eligible residents into some TAFE courses. In general, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place under ‘Skills First’ if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
  • a New Zealand citizen
  • an Asylum seeker/victim of human trafficking (must have ARC/ASRC referral, or online VEVO validation by Institute staff)

and are living in Victoria for the duration of your studies;

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • any age and seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • any age and seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • any age and seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification.**

and are commencing/concurrently studying no more than 2 government-subsidised courses in a calendar year;

and are commencing no more than 2 government-subsidised courses at the same Australian Qualification Framework level in your lifetime (some exemptions apply – check with us if you are not sure).

If you are enrolled at a secondary school, you will not be able to receive a government-subsidised training place for a course through the Victorian Training Guarantee, unless you are undertaking the course as part of a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The Government supports schools in other ways to offer vocational training to their students, so you should discuss all your options with our Student Administration department.

You are also required to:

  • obtain a USI (Unique Student Identifier) prior to enrolment as part of your eligibility for a government-subsidised place.
  • show evidence of your citizenship/residency and age at enrolment. This can include one of the following (original or certified copy required, plus an additional photocopy to submit):
    • a current green Medicare card
    • an Australian birth certificate (not birth extract)
    • a current Australian passport
    • a current New Zealand passport
    • a naturalisation certificate (Australian citizenship certificate)
    • formal papers from DIBP confirming permanent residence.
      If you are under 20 proof of age must also be presented, if not included in one of the above documents.

Under 17?

  • If you are under 17 with year 10, you must bring correspondence from your school principal to move to BHI/CAE.
  • If you are under 17 without year 10, you must bring correspondence from a Department Regional Director to move from your school to Box Hill Institute or CAE.

You can also check what you may be eligible for using the interactive Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY EXCLUSIONS

  • Prisoners detained in a custodial setting are not eligible for a government subsidised place. The only exception is an individual on a community based order, or, an individual from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre, where students can physically access training outside a custodial setting without supervision. Such students must present with a letter from the Department of Human Services, confirming their status in line with this rule, and then the letter attached to the student’s enrolment form.
  • Students detained under the Mental Health Act 1986; or the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1987 or the Sentencing Act 1991 at the Thomas Embling Hospital are not eligible for government-subsidised place.
  • Secondary school students already enrolled with a separate government, non-government, independent or catholic secondary school, or registered for home schooling, are generally not eligible for a government-subsidised place at TAFE (school-based trainees and school-based apprentices excepted).

* Information is subject to change pending notification of changes of government policy for government subsidised places. Some eligibility exclusions may apply. Please check your eligibility for a government subsidised place with our Student Administration Unit when enrolling in your course.

** For further information about this information visit the Government Subsidised TAFE Places page.

*** You may be able to obtain a waiver on this criteria – find out more here

A number of special initiatives may have relaxed certain element/s only of the eligibility criteria, including:

ASYLUM SEEKERS AND VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING INITIATIVE

Individuals referred to training under the Asylum Seekers and Victims of Human Trafficking Initiative must meet all Victorian Training Guarantee eligibility criteria except the citizenship requirements.

Individuals must present with either:

  • their authorised referral form/s from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre or the Australian Red Cross, prior to enrolment; or
  • their visa to enable Institute staff to undertake an online VEVO check to validate that your visa complies – please remember to bring your visa with you

AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLY TRAINING INITIATIVE

Individuals referred to training under the Automotive Supply Chain Training Initiative must meet all Victorian Training Guarantee eligibility criteria except the upskilling requirements.

Individuals must present with their authorised referral letter from the Department (DEECD) and evidence of their current or recent employment in the automotive supply chain. This may take the form of:

  • a separation certificate; or
  • a letter of separation from their previous employer/receiver on company/receiver letterhead; or
  • a statement of service including the date of cessation of employment; or
  • a letter specifying that retrenchment will occur on a nominated date from their current employer on company/receiver letterhead; or
  • a Centrelink Employment Separation Certificate provided that the reason for separation falls within the following categories: ‘shortage of work’, ‘unsuitability for this kind of work’, or ‘redundancy’

WORKERS IN TRANSITION PROGRAM/RETRENCHED WORKERS

Retrenched employees must meet all Victorian Training Guarantee eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement.

Individuals referred to training under the Workers in Transition/Retrenched Workers Initiative must present with a Workers in Transition Program Eligibility Letter issued by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (the Department) and a copy of a notification of employment separation. This notification may take the form of:

  • a separation certificate; or
  • a letter of separation from their previous employer/receiver on company/receiver letterhead; or
  • a statement of service including the date of cessation of employment; or
  • a letter specifying that retrenchment will occur on a nominated date from their current employer on company/receiver letterhead; or
  • a Centrelink Employment Separation Certificate provided that the reason for separation falls within the following categories: ‘shortage of work’, ‘unsuitability for this kind of work’, or ‘redundancy’.

Referred individuals must commence training within twelve months of the date shown on the front of the Eligibility Letter issued by the Department.

BACK TO WORK SCHEME

Back to Work scheme participants must meet all Victorian Training Guarantee eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement, and the ‘2 commencements in a lifetime at the same AQF level limit’ requirement.

Student are required to present with:

  • a Standard Email issued by the State Revenue Office to the student’s employer confirming student status as a ‘Back to Work’ participant

HAZELWOOD POWER PLANT AND MINE CLOSURE INITIATIVE

To assist individuals impacted by the closure of the Hazelwood power plant and mine, the Latrobe Valley Authority has developed a Worker Transition Service to allow individuals to access a range of support services. As part of this service, the Latrobe Valley Authority or the Morwell Skills and Jobs Centre may refer certain impacted individuals for government subsidised training under Skills First, including:

  • Hazelwood employees or contract workers,
  • Hazelwood supply chain workers or supply chain contract workers,
  • family members of Hazelwood employees/contractors,
  • family members of Hazelwood supply chain employees/contractors; and
  • other unemployed people in the Latrobe Valley.

Students must meet all Victorian Training Guarantee eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement, and the ‘2 commencements in a lifetime at the same AQF level limit’ requirement.

Students need to present with one of the following:

  • a referral letter, form or other written advice from the Latrobe Valley Authority; or
  • a Latrobe Valley Authority transition case worker must email the Institute directly confirming your referral; or
  • for former Engie employees of the Hazelwood power plant and mine (as well as employees of Engie subcontractors that worked at the power plant or mine) only, evidence may include a copy of the separation certificate or letter confirming retrenchment from work at the power station or mine, even if there has been no referral from the Latrobe Valley Authority.

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. 

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 course you are studying. Details are available on individual course pages.

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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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.

Under 20 or upskilling:

  • are under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications), or
  • are 20 or older and enrolling 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.

Full fee (fee for service) places do not attract any government funding for the delivery of the course.

If you are not eligible for a government subsidised place or have only been offered a self-funded place or are on a temporary resident visa, you will be charged self-funded course fees that cover the cost of your study in that course for the calendar year. Rates are derived for full-cost recovery, and are based on the appropriate number of hours and the nature of the course. Further fees apply in subsequent years.

Please note that:

  • Fee for service funded places are not subsidised by the government in any way
  • Fee for services funded course fee rates vary, depending on the length and nature of the course.
  • VET Student Loan/VET FEE-HELP applies to eligible self-funded students enrolling in Diploma/Advanced Diploma/Vocational Graduate Certificate TAFE courses

Please go to the course of your choice for the exact fees. 

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You will pay the relevant category concession fee or rate, listed in the Tuition Fee Rate Table above, if you hold or are listed as a dependent on:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card (HCC)
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Veterans’ Gold Card
  • if you are an Indigenous student*
  • if you are an Asylum Seeker/victim of Human Trafficking (as referred by ASRC)

and

  • you are enrolling in a Certificate I – IV level course; or
  • you are enrolling in a VCE/VCAL course

Concession fees do not apply if:

  • you are commencing a Skills Deepening level course (Diploma / Advanced Diploma / Graduate Certificate / Graduate Diploma)
  • you are not eligible for a government subsidised place

If you consider you are eligible for a fee reduction, you must present your valid card/proof at enrolment and prior to course commencement. You must also submit a photocopy of your valid card/proof with your enrolment form, so also bring a photocopy of your card/proof with you to enrolment.

Concessions are not granted retrospectively – you must have your valid card/proof at enrolment to receive the tuition fee discount.

* For indigenous students the concession rate applies to all course levels (Certificate I – Graduate Diploma)

Skills First Youth Access Initiative (formerly Program X)

If you are under the Skills First Youth Access Initiative, you may be entitled to a tuition fee waiver ($0) at enrolment. You must present with a Skills First Youth Access Initiative (formerly Program X) referral from at enrolment.

COMMUNITY BASED ORDER

If you are on a community-based order (non custodial) you may be entitled to a tuition fee waiver ($0) at enrolment. You must present a letter confirming your status from the Youth Justice Unit of the Department of Human Services at enrolment.

STUDENTS FROM THE JUDY LAZARUS TRANSITION CENTRE

If you are from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre you may be entitled to a tuition fee waiver ($0) at enrolment. You must present a letter confirming your status from the management of the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre at enrolment.

You can obtain copies of past receipts from Student Administration at no charge. You will need your student ID card or photo identification.

Tuition Assurance

If Box Hill Institute ceases to provide a course of study, TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) will send a student enrolled in the course of study a Written Tuition Assurance Offer (the Offer) advising the student of the options available under the tuition assurance requirements. The Offer will include directions that the student must follow in order to notify TDA of the choice they have made for each affected subject. TDA will provide this Offer within 20 business days after it knows, or should know by reasonable enquiries that Box Hill Institute has ceased to provide the course of study.

For further information, please see Tuition Assurance.