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International student means; you are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder.

Free TAFE

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

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce the 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.

Free TAFE courses

The free priority course list includes non-apprenticeship courses and 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 Free TAFE courses at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Free Apprenticeship Pathway Courses

Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship - Bricklaying 22338VIC
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Free Tafe Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Construct your future from the ground up with a Certificate II in Building and Construction 22338VIC (Bricklaying). If you love working with your hands and seeing something you built at the end of the day, this course is for you. Work towards becoming an apprentice bricklayer by developing the skills every employer wants in their apprentice. Our course is focused on getting you laying bricks and a solid foundation for your career in building and construction.
Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship - Painting and Decorating 22338VIC
Construction Trades - Full Time - Epping
Free Tafe Construction Trades - Full Time - Epping
Do you enjoy working with your hands and have an eye for colour? As a painter/decorator, you could chase the sun around Australia or the world to work wherever you want. This flexible career choice could lead to starting your own business.
Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) 22569VIC
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
Free Tafe Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) 22569VIC provides the best tools and practical experience to launch your career in plumbing. Develop the right skills in a hands-on learning environment to prepare you for a plumbing apprenticeship.
Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416
Horticulture - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Free Tafe Horticulture - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield
Our Certificate II in Horticulture AHC20416 is a hands-on course that will prepare you for a career in Horticulture. This pre-apprenticeship program provides the basic skills and knowledge necessary for employment in the industry and provides a foundation for moving into an horticultural apprenticeship or to undertake additional studies in other Horticulture certificates.

Free Building Courses

Free Construction Trades Courses

Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship - Bricklaying 22338VIC
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Free Tafe Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Heidelberg
Construct your future from the ground up with a Certificate II in Building and Construction 22338VIC (Bricklaying). If you love working with your hands and seeing something you built at the end of the day, this course is for you. Work towards becoming an apprentice bricklayer by developing the skills every employer wants in their apprentice. Our course is focused on getting you laying bricks and a solid foundation for your career in building and construction.
Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-Apprenticeship - Painting and Decorating 22338VIC
Construction Trades - Full Time - Epping
Free Tafe Construction Trades - Full Time - Epping
Do you enjoy working with your hands and have an eye for colour? As a painter/decorator, you could chase the sun around Australia or the world to work wherever you want. This flexible career choice could lead to starting your own business.
Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) 22569VIC
Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
Free Tafe Construction Trades - Full Time, Pre Apprentice - Epping, Heidelberg
The Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) 22569VIC provides the best tools and practical experience to launch your career in plumbing. Develop the right skills in a hands-on learning environment to prepare you for a plumbing apprenticeship.

Free Engineering Courses

Free Health Courses

Certificate III in Individual Support - Aged Care CHC33015
Human Services - Full Time - Greensborough
Free Tafe Human Services - Full Time - Greensborough
The Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care) CHC33015 is a nationally recognised qualification that will give you the practical skills and knowledge to work within the Aged Care sector, to provide a professional level of dignified and meaningful life.
Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs CHC43215
Human Services - Full Time - Preston
Free Tafe Human Services - Full Time - Preston
If you work in, or would like to work in a community based organisation, withdrawal service, residential rehabilitation or an outreach service, our Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs CHC43215 is the course for you. The program offers excellent teaching in these areas and successful completion will see you with a qualification in the field, paving the way for further study in Community Services and Health and Education and career options.
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance HLT43015
Human Services - Full Time - Greensborough
Free Tafe Human Services - Full Time - Greensborough
Considering working in health and community? Our Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance HLT43015 covers treatment plans, therapeutic interventions and how to conduct programs under the supervision of a specialised allied health professional.
Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention CHC40313
Human Services - Full Time - Workplace and Industry
Free Tafe Human Services - Full Time - Workplace and Industry
If you have a calling for care, consider our Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention CHC40313. A course designed for those who work in youth and family intervention, including practice specialisations in residential and out of home care, family support and early intervention.
Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115
Human Services - Full Time - Greensborough
Free Tafe Human Services - Full Time - Greensborough
The Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115 will prepare you to train and support people with disabilities. Empower people with disabilities to achieve greater independence and community participation.
Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315
Human Services - Full Time - Preston
Free Tafe Human Services - Full Time - Preston
Would you like to make a difference in improving the mental health of others? Our Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315 focuses on recovery-orientated models and offers you many career opportunities in this rewarding field.

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