TAFE students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training will not have to pay course tuition fees when they enrol in one of 38 priority courses from 1 January 2019.

Under the Victorian Government's new Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, eligible students 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
  • 8 Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre-apprenticeships)

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses program is designed to 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.

TAFEs such as Holmesglen Institute may start taking enrolments this year for Free TAFE for Priority Courses commencing 2019.

Courses selected now for inclusion in the Free TAFE for Priority Courses program are:

Non-apprenticeship courses

  • Certificate IV/Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Accounting
  • Certificate III/IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • Certificate IV/Diploma in Building and Construction (Building)
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction
  • Certificate III/IV/Diploma in Community Services
  • Certificate IV in Disability
  • Certificate III/IV in Education Support
  • Certificate IV in Engineering
  • Certificate III in Hospitality
  • Certificate III in Individual Support
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services

Apprenticeship pathway courses

  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • Certificate II in Engineering Studies
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making
  • Certificate II in Horticulture
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
  • Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)

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.

If you have any questions around free TAFE for priority courses please visit Frequently Asked Questions.