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Free TAFE for Priority Courses

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will give more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE.

More than ever, the skills we need to build our state are learned at TAFE.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs – in demand from Victorian employers.

From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses covers tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training.

Priority TAFE courses

The free priority course list includes 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as ‘pre-apprenticeships’).

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.

Students who are eligible for the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative can study in one of the following courses at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2019:

Free TAFE courses

Apprenticeship pathway courses

Free TAFE eligibility

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will give more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE.  It will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to occupations that are needed most by employers in the Victorian economy.

The investment of $172 million will make 20 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses in these growth industries 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

Victorians who are:

  • 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

Find out more

For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, you can contact the TAFE and Training line on 13 18 23.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses information in languages other than English

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve tried to answer as many of your Frequently Asked Questions as possible. If you need to check your eligibility or enquire about a course, call us on 03 9269 8400.



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Last Modified: 30th October 2018