ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in 2019 you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.

Free TAFE for lots of jobs

Free TAFE for priority courses gives 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 reduces the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers.

The investment of $172 million makes priority TAFE courses and pre-apprenticeship courses in growth industries tuition-fee free. Free TAFE for priority courses covers tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses available at TAFE Gippsland in 2020

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 at TAFE Gippsland in 2020:

Non-apprenticeship courses

Apprenticeship pathway courses

Free TAFE eligibility

Free TAFE eligibility

Any Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen is eligible to do one Free TAFE for priority course in Victoria if they meet the following criteria:

  • under 20 or upskilling
  • aged under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications they might hold)
  • are 20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than the highest qualification previously attained
  • Victorians who need additional support

Victorians who are:

  • unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • retrenched workers
  • 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.

Find out more

For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, you can contact the TAFE and Training line on 131 823 or click enquire now.

Free TAFE for Priority courses FAQ's

What is Free TAFE for Priority Courses?
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay your tuition fees to study in selected courses at TAFE, if you’re eligible.

Who is eligible for Free TAFE for Priority Courses?
You might be eligible if you are under 20 years old, or if you are enrolling in a course at a higher level than any you have completed before, but you can check at any TAFE or contact the Training and TAFE line on 131 823.

A TAFE will confirm your eligibility when you enrol in Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

When does Free TAFE for priority courses start?
Free TAFE for Priority Courses will start on 1 January, 2019.
TAFEs may take enrolments for Free TAFE for Priority Courses that commence in 2020, during 2019.

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

The Government will make further announcements to confirm the composition of a further ten priority courses following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year.

The tuition-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.

The free TAFE priority courses in 2020 include:

  • AHC20116Certificate II in Agriculture
  • AHC30116Certificate III in Agriculture
  • AHC30216Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)
  • AHC30716Certificate III in Horticulture
  • AHC40116Certificate IV in Agriculture
  • CHC30213Certificate III in Education Support
  • CHC32015Certificate III in Community Services
  • CHC33015Certificate III in Individual Support
  • CHC40213Certificate IV in Education Support
  • CHC40313Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention
  • CHC40413Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • CHC42015Certificate IV in Community Services
  • CHC43015Certificate IV in Ageing Support
  • CHC43115Certificate IV in Disability
  • CHC43215Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • CHC43315Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • CHC52015Diploma of Community Services
  • CPC30313Certificate III in Concreting
  • CPC31411Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing
  • CPC40110Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)
  • CPC40912Certificate IV in Plumbing and Service
  • CPC50210Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)
  • CPC60115Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying
  • FNS40217Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • FNS50217Diploma of Accounting
  • FNS60217Advanced Diploma of Accounting
  • HLT33015Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT35015Certificate III in Dental Assisting
  • HLT43015Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance
  • HLT45015Certificate IV in Dental Assisting
  • HLT54115Diploma of Nursing
  • CHC30113Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  • CHC50113Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
  • MEM40105Certificate IV in Engineering
  • RII30915Certificate III in Civil Construction
  • RII40715Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision
  • SIT30116Certificate III in Tourism
  • SIT30616Certificate III in Hospitality
  • SIT30816Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • TLI32515Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure
  • 22320VICDiploma of Justice
  • 22334VICCertificate IV in Cyber Security

The free TAFE apprenticeship pathway courses in 2020 include:

  • AUR20218Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology
  • AUR20916Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • AUR20516Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology
  • AUR20716Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation
  • FBP20217Certificate II in Baking
  • 22338VICCertificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship
  • CPC20211Certificate II in Construction Pathways
  • 22261VICCertificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational)
  • UEE22011Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
  • MEM20413Certificate II in Engineering Pathways
  • 22470VICCertificate II in Engineering Studies
  • MSF20313Certificate II in Furniture Making
  • MSF20413Certificate II in Glass and Glazing
  • AHC20416Certificate II in Horticulture
  • AMP20117Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services)
  • 22304VICCertificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship)
  • ICP20115Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General)
  • AHC20716Certificate II in Production Nursery
  • SHB20216Certificate II in Salon Assistant
  • 22285VICCertificate II in Signage and Graphics
Please note that not all courses are offered at all TAFE institutes.

Where can I do tuition-free priority courses?
You can do tuition free priority courses at Victorian TAFE institutes, including universities that offer TAFE courses.  To find a course near you, contact the Training and TAFE line on 131 823.

Does it cover all my fees?
If you are eligible, Free TAFE for Priority Courses pays the tuition fees for your whole course.

TAFEs may charge you other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees that you will have to cover yourself.

Can I do a courses that's not on the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list?
Only the courses on the tuition-free priority course list will be tuition fee-free, but there are around 1,000 courses you can do at TAFEs and other training providers that are Victorian Government-subsidised.

While some tuition fees may apply for Victorian Government-subsidised training, you may be eligible for a concession.

Check the Victorian Skills Gateway to find Victorian Government-subsidised courses near you and your training provider can check if you are eligible for a concession.

What's the difference between government-subsidised training and Free TAFE for Priority Courses?
Victorian Government-subsidised training is when the Government pays a large portion of the cost of your training if you are eligible, and you make a contribution, by paying fees. It's been around for a while and there are around 1,000 subsidised courses you can do at TAFEs and other training providers.

The courses on the tuition free priority course list are subsidised, but the Government will also pay your tuition fees, if you’re eligible. It starts next year.

I am doing training now in a course on the Tuition Free Priority Course list. Will I get a refund on fees I pay for this year?
No. Free TAFE for Priority Courses only applies to eligible students who enrol in a tuition free priority course that commences after 1 January 2019.

I am doing training now. Should I drop out and start again next year, when Free TAFE for Priority Courses come in?
If you are currently doing training and you are happy with your course, you should complete it, especially if you have a Victorian Government subsidised place. There are limits on the number of times you can commence courses and stay eligible for subsidised training, so dropping out and restarting could mean you become ineligible.

If you are thinking of dropping out for any reason, talk to the careers guidance staff at your training provider, or visit a Skills and Jobs Centre near you. Skills and Job Centres are based in TAFEs across Victoria and provide expert advice on training and employment opportunities.

If I do a Free TAFE for Priority Course, will I get a job?
The tuition-free priority courses are in areas where there are likely to be more jobs in the future.

When you finish your course, a Skills and Jobs Centre can help you search for a job and support you to prepare your resume.

How many priority courses can I do tuition-free?
Free TAFE for Priority Courses will pay your tuition fees for one course.

Once you have enrolled in a tuition-free priority course, you can’t get a tuition-free place again, even if you don’t finish your first tuition-free priority course.

You need to make a careful choice, so talk to your local TAFE or Skills and Jobs Centre if you are unsure.

How will Free TAFE for Priority Courses affect my eligibility for future government-subsidised training?
Courses undertaken as Free TAFE for Priority Courses are treated the same way as any other course you have undertaken, for the purpose of determining whether you are eligible for further Victorian Government-subsidised training.

Your TAFE will be able to tell you about whether you will have future Victorian Government-subsidised training options.

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