Fees & Fee Assistance

The Victorian Training Guarantee is an entitlement to a government-subsidised place in accredited vocational education and training for all courses, subject to eligibility guidelines. Students who are not eligible for government-subsidised training may choose to undertake fee for service training.

Fees can be made up of one or more of the following:

  1. Tuition fees are associated with the teaching and training elements of a course.
  2. Materials fees cover the cost of course materials and consumables, and excursion fees.
  3. Textbooks and stationery.

Fee for service fees are commercial fees calculated at a flat rate per course/unit enrolled.

For indicative fee rates relating to eligible, ineligible and concession holders for TAFE Gippsland courses you will find these listed on course pages.

Student tuition fees are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For an individual quotation of fees payable, or to arrange the payment of fees please visit your nearest TAFE Gippsland Campus or contact us on 1300 133 717.

Other Charges

Replacement Statement of Results $15.00
Replacement Statement of Attainment $25.00
Replacement Certificate $40.00
Transfer of Red Card to C.I. Card $40.00

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

There are a number of incentives currently available to eligible employers of Australian Apprentices as well as personal benefit payments available to eligible Australian Apprentices.For information on the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme please visit https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/australian-apprenticeships-incentives-programme or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre.

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme. The VET Student Loans program offers greater protection for students and focuses on courses that address industry needs, creating better opportunities for employment. VET Student Loans offers income contingent loan support to eligible students studying certain diploma level and above vocational education and training qualifications. Eligible students are entitled for loans up to a capped amount.

Learn more about the new VET Student Loan scheme.


VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above.  VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance.

You are eligible to apply for VET STUDENT LOAN for approved courses if you:

  • are an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder (resident in Australia for the duration of the unit);

    Proof of Australian Citizenship:
    Acceptable forms of evidence include:

    • Current Australian Passport
    • Australian Citizenship Certificate or Naturalisation Certificate
    • Australian Citizenship by Descent extract
    • Australian Birth Certificate where you were born before 20 August, 1986 OR
    • If you were born on or after 20 August, 1986 we would require your Australian Birth Certificate plus proof of your parent’s Australian Citizenship at the time of your birth (examples include your parent’s Australian Birth Certificate or Australian Citizenship Certificate).


  • have not exceeded the FEE‑HELP limit; AND
  • meet course requirements as follows:
  • are a full fee-paying / fee for service student studying a diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate or graduate diploma level course at an approved VET STUDENT LOAN provider; OR
  • are a student subsidised by a state or territory government (other than the Australian Capital Territory) studying a diploma or advanced diploma course;
  • are enrolled with an approved provider in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit.


  • hold a New Zealand Special Category Visa; AND
  • first entered Australia as a dependent child aged under 18 years of age;
  • have been ordinarily resident in Australia for the previous 10 years (that is, you have been physically present in Australia for at least eight out of the past 10 years) and 18 months out of the last two years at the time of application for the loan; You will have to
  • provide evidence you have been living in Australia for the qualifying period. If necessary, you can obtain copies of your international movement records from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by lodging form 1359‑Request for International
  • Movement Records available
    here; AND
  • are otherwise eligible for the loan.

For more information on VET Student Loan please ask a TAFE Gippsland Customer Service and Support Officer.


Before enrolling a student in a given VET Student Loans eligible course TAFE Gippsland must determine that the student is academically suited to that course,

This is demonstrated when:

  • the student’s completion of a Pre-Training Review with a TAFE Gippsland trainer/assessor establishes a reasonable belief that the student is academically suited, and
  • the student satisfies all entry requirements for the particular course, and
  • the student satisfies one of the following requirements:
    • they provide a copy of their VCE Certificate to TAFE Gippsland; or


  • the student is assessed as displaying competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) by completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) Reading and Numeracy tests, and
  • TAFE Gippsland reasonably believes that the student displays that competence; or


  • they provide a copy of a certificate in a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework, and
  • the course for the qualification was delivered in English


Your options for paying tuition fees for courses that are eligible for VET STUDENT LOAN are:

  • up-front payment; or
  • Government loan through the VET STUDENT LOAN scheme including eligibility criteria up to the capped amount:
  • Any materials fees incurred can be paid upfront or a instalment arrangement may be entered into

You may wish to seek independent financial advice prior to applying for a VET STUDENT LOAN loan.

Request for a VET Student Loan Electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)

Eligible students can request to apply for a VET STUDENT LOAN e-caf by completing and signing a VET STUDENT LOAN Intention to Apply Form.

Before applying you must read Vet Student loan Application booklet and VET Student Loan Additional Information and be aware of your obligations under  a VET Student Loans.

These forms are also available from all of the TAFE Gippsland Customer Service Centers.

You will need:

  • Evidence of citizenship i.e. birth certificate, passport
  • Your Tax File Number
  • A Unique Student Identifier
  • If you are under 18 a parent or guardian signature

A customer service officer will complete the estimated cost of the course, this does not include any loan fees and also the Volume of Learning section so you know the expected duration of the course.


A e-caf must be completed prior to the first census date of your course If you do not submit your e-caf by the census date, you will not be eligible to access VET student loan  for that study period.

All covered tuition fees will be reasonably apportioned across at least three sequential fee periods.

Due to the flexible nature of TAFE Gippsland’s enrolments, the particular census date for your Unit of Study will be calculated based on your expected individual start date in that unit and being no less than 20% of the way through the study period. Students will receive individual notification on the census dates applicable to their course

Study Period

Start Date

Census Date (last date to withdraw)

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VET FEE−HELP Invoice Notice If you are accessing VET Student Loan a 'Vet Student Loan Invoice Notice' will be sent to you 14 days prior to each units census date outlining the debt that will be incurred post census date if you do not withdraw from the unit of study .

Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) You will be sent a CAN within 28 days of the census date for each study period that you are using Commonwealth assistance. Your CAN will state how much you have been charged for the units you enrolled in and the amount of FEE-HELP debt you incurred for that study period.
If you believe the information on your CAN is incorrect, you have 14 days to submit a written application to your institution to request a correction (some institutions may allow for a longer correction period).

VET STUDENT LOAN and Withdrawing from Study It is important to correctly withdraw from your course or unit of study. If you don’t withdraw properly or if you miss the withdrawal deadline, you will incur a HELP debt.

What happens if I withdraw by the census date?

If you correctly withdraw from a unit by the census date, you will not incur a HELP debt. If you are using VET STUDENT LOAN, your FEE-HELP limit will not be reduced if you withdraw by the census date. If you have paid your tuition fees up-front, you may be entitled to a refund.

What happens if I withdraw after the census date?

If you withdraw from a unit after the census date, you will incur a HELP debt and will lose any up-front payment you made. If you are using Student Vet Loan, your FEE HELP limit will be reduced.


As an approved VET Student Loan provider, TAFE Gippsland is required to have tuition assurance arrangements in place to protect enrolled students in the event that the Institute ceases the delivery of an approved VET Student Loan course before it is completed.

TAFE Gippsland’s Tuition Assurance Scheme Operator (TAS Operator) is TAFE Directors Australia:

Contact details are:
TAFE Directors Australia
Website: www.tda.edu.au
Email: memberservices@tda.edu.au
Phone Number: (02) 9217 3180

In the event that TAFE Gippsland ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled and alternative arrangements cannot be made, the TAS Operator will offer affected students a replacement course with another provider which meets the relevant tuition assurance arrangements to be offered as a replacement course. The TAS Operator will provide this offer within twenty business days after it knows, or should know by reasonable enquiries, that TAFE Gippsland has ceased to provide the course of study.

A student in this circumstance may seek review of a decision about whether or not a course is a replacement course that meets the tuition assurance requirements.

A student who accepts the offer of a replacement course:

  • will not be required to pay the Second Provider for the replacement components (that is, units that the student had commenced but not completed because the course ceased to be offered) of the replacement course; and
  • will receive course credits for parts of the original course successfully completed with TAFE Gippsland.

It is important to note that the tuition fees for the remainder of the replacement course with the Second Provider may be different from the fees payable for the original course.

Students will have a period of 6 months in which to accept the offer for a replacement course. The TAS Operator may extend that period of 6 months in circumstances that justify an extension.

If there is no suitable replacement course for a student, the student’s FEE-HELP balance will be re-credited for the affected parts of the original course with TAFE Gippsland.

If the student enrols in a course that is not a replacement course, the student:

  • may be required to pay additional tuition fees; and
  • might not receive the course credits the student would have received if the student had enrolled in a replacement course.

Statement of Tuition Assurance for VET Student Loans (VSL)

Tuition assurance protects students in the event a course provided by an approved VSL provider ceases to be provided after it starts but before it is completed. Affected students are offered a replacement course, sometimes with another provider, and where this is not possible, the students’ FEE‑HELP balance for the affected part of the course will be re-credited.

As an approved provider under the VET Student Loans Act 2016, TAFE Gippsland ABN: 42624574808 must be a party to an approved tuition assurance arrangement or have an approved exemption in place.

It is intended that, from 1 January 2018, TAFE Gippsland will be exempted from the requirement to be a party to an approved tuition assurance arrangement. Instead, TAFE Gippsland is required to comply with interim arrangements which ensure similar tuition assurance protection is provided to students.

This statement sets out the interim arrangements for tuition assurance that will apply from 1 January 2018 and TAFE Gippsland’s obligations from that date.

If any changes occur to the proposed arrangements outlined below, a revised statement will be provided on TAFE Gippsland’s website and advised to all students that have enrolled in the intervening period.

What happens if TAFE Gippsland ceases to provide a course after it starts but before it is completed?

TAFE Gippsland will notify affected students in writing that an approved course is no longer provided within two business days after TAFE Gippsland ceases to provide the course after it starts but before it is completed.

As soon as practicable, TAFE Gippsland will also update its website to reflect that the course is no longer being delivered and to give students information about the relevant tuition assurance arrangements.

Replacement courses

TAFE Gippsland will work with affected students to identify a replacement course and arrange for students to be placed with replacement providers.

Replacement courses must meet the following requirements:

  • The course must lead to the same or comparable qualification as the original course.
  • The mode of delivery of the replacement course must be the same as or, with the student’s consent, similar to the mode of delivery for the original course;
  • The location of the replacement course must be reasonable, having regard to the costs of, and the time required for, a student’s travel; and
  • The student will not incur additional fees that are unreasonable and will be able to attend the replacement course without unreasonable impacts on the student’s prior commitments.

Affected students will be offered a replacement course and may seek a review about whether the course offered to them meets the requirements for replacement courses.

A student who accepts the replacement course offered will not be required to pay the replacement provider for the replacement components of the replacement course. However, the fees payable for the remainder of the replacement course may be different from the fees payable for the original course.

A student who accepts the replacement course offered will also receive course credits for parts of the original course successfully completed by the student, as evidenced by:

  • a copy of a statement of attainment or other Australian Qualifications Framework certification document issued by the course provider or an authorised issuing organisation in accordance with the Australian Qualifications Framework; or
  • a copy of an authenticated VET transcript issued by the Student Identifiers registrar.
  • Each affected student will have a period of six months in which to accept the replacement course offer. The Department may extend that period in circumstances that justify an extension.

If an affected student enrols in a course that is not a replacement course, the student may be required to pay additional tuition fees, and might not receive the course credits the student would have received if the student had enrolled in a replacement course.

Re-crediting of students’ FEE-HELP balances

Where there is no suitable replacement course for a student, TAFE Gippsland will re-credit the student’s FEE-HELP balance for the affected parts of the original course. The amount re-credited will be equal to the amount of VET student loan used to pay tuition fees for the student for the course, or parts of the course.

Prepaid fees

For tuition fees paid up-front greater than $1500, TAFE Gippsland is a member of the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) Tuition Assurance Scheme (TAS).  Under the TDA TAS students may take up the option detailed under “Replacement courses” or be paid a refund of any prepaid fees for services yet to be delivered.

For tuition fees paid up-front below $1500, students should be aware that there is no formal protection in place and students will be responsible to seek a refund for these fees directly from TAFE Gippsland if TAFE Gippsland fails to provide the agreed services.

TAFE Gippsland has in place a withdrawal and refund policy http://www.tafegippsland.edu.au/about_us/policies . If the provider is under external administration, this may require the student submitting a proof of debt with the external administrator.

Record keeping

It is suggested best practice for students to retain assessments, records of competencies or statements of attainment that they receive from their education provider.

VET Student Loans – Processes and Procedures

Payment Plans

Instalment arrangements

  • Payment Plans are available to students enrolling in a Certificate IV or below course, or for Diploma and above government-subsidised materials fees only.
  • Students are required to pay an upfront, 10% deposit on commencement of the payment plan.
  • Minimum payment is $50 per fortnight Materials only payment plans must be more than $250.00
  • All fees must be finalised within six (6) months of course commencement, or at the end of the course, whichever is sooner.
  • Students need to provide the relevant bank account details of the account to be direct debited.
  • If the account to be direct debited IS NOT your own, the account holder must read and sign the direct debit declaration section on the instalment arrangement application.
  • Students under the age of 18 years must have the instalment arrangement form signed by a parent or guardian.

Centrepay Deduction

Centrepay is a direct bill paying service available to customers who receive a Centrelink payment. Students must complete a TAFE Gippsland Instalment Arrangement Application, provide their Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) as well as the name of the nominated Centrelink payment from which the payments will be deducted.

Instalment Arrangement Application forms are available by phoning 1300 133 717. A Customer Service and Support Officer can assist you with further information about Student Payment Plans.

Instalment Arrangement Application Form

Concession Fees

If you are enrolling in a Certificate IV level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised place and hold a valid and eligible concession a concession fee of 20% of the published fee will be charged for your tuition.

Eligible concessions are:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card; or
  • Pensioner Concession Card; or
  • Veteran’s Gold Card.

These concessions also apply to the dependent spouse and dependent children of the card holder.

Indigenous Completions Initiative

Concession fees also apply to individuals who self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Under the Indigenous Completions Initiative, Indigenous students will pay 20% of what the provider would have charged a non-concession student. To access this initiative, you must be eligible for a government supported place. It applies to all course levels, including Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.


At TAFE Gippsland, we know that education can change lives.

Education is an important tool to unleash individual potential and form a pathway to a successful and prosperous career.

That is why TAFE Gippsland offer a variety of scholarships to ensure students can access a quality education and have the opportunity to get hands on and develop real skills and experience in the industry of their choice.

Our range of scholarships reflect a training organisation that is committed to providing education to a diverse variety of students.

Each scholarship is different, so it is important to read and understand the eligibility requirements to ensure you are applying for a scholarship that suits you and your needs best.

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of the scholarships feel free to get in contact with us.

Email scholarships@tafegippsland.edu.au
Phone 1300 133 717

Skills First

From January 2017, Victoria’s training and TAFE system will be overhauled through Skills First. A new approach to training will be implemented, setting a high benchmark for training quality, and supporting the courses that are most likely to lead to employment.

Skills First offers real training for real jobs, through:

  • High quality training tha​t students and industry can trust, aligned to industry and workforce needs.
  • A real voice for industry in training.
  • Funding for high needs learners who need additional support to e​ngage with and succeed in education and training.
  • Access to targeted, relevant training for students in regional areas.

The Government recognises the distinct role TAFEs have, as public providers who partner with industry and Government on key economic priorities, lead the training system in excellence and innovation, provide essential life skills and support services, and help disadvantaged students and communities.

Under the Skills First program the Victorian Government will support TAFE Gippsland and other Victorian TAFEs to be:

  • A benchmark for quality and a trusted adviser to Government: delivering the training needed to drive key Victorian priorities.
  • Centres of Excellence: competing on a global stage by partnering with industry to ensure productivity, innovation and the skills students need to get a job.
  • Providing more than just training: addressing the training and support needs of students to ensure they are work-ready graduates, providing a campus experience with support and other essential services, and helping disadvantaged and high needs students who might otherwise slip through the cracks.
  • Pivotal in regional communities: continuing their links with local businesses, and knowing what skills employers seek.
  • Leaders in international education: working collaboratively, Government will enhance TAFEs’ global reach and support an expansion in international education.

For more information on government-subsidised training places visit www.education.vic.gov.au/skillsfirst or ask a TAFE Gippsland Customer Service and Support Officer.

Withdrawals & Refunds

Our friendly Customer Service and Support Officers will be able to answer any questions you have regarding fees, refunds and withdrawals. Application for refund of fees will be processed in line with TAFE Gippsland Policy as summerised in the following table.


TAFE Gippsland Refund Policy

Certificate I-IV courses – government funded

Student initiated withdrawals within 4 weeks of training commencement – government funded

Full refund of units not yet commenced less:
* Charge for materials already utilised

Student initiated withdrawals four weeks or more after training has commenced in the current year – government funded

No refund of tuition fees:
* Charge for materials already utilised

VET Student Loan available courses Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Vocational Graduate programs, and nominated Certificate IV courses.

Student initiated withdrawals prior to the census date

Full refund of tuition fees. If you are using VET Student Loans, you will not incur a HELP debt for any units withdrawn prior to census.

Student initiated withdrawals after the census date

No refund of tuition fees. If you are using VET Student Loan scheme, you will incur a HELP debt and your FEE HELP limit will be reduced.

Fee-for service/commercial programs

Student initiated withdrawals – fee-for-service programs

Up to 5 days prior to course commencement
* Full refund less $50 administrative charge

Less than 5 days prior to course commencement
* 20% of the course fees refunded (minimum charge $50)

If the Institute cancels or is unable to provide services for which the learner has prepaid, the learner will:

  • be placed into an equivalent course such that:
    • the new location is suitable to the learner, and
    • the learner receives the full services for which they have prepaid at no additional cost to the learner or
  • If the Institute cancels a short course 100% of fees will be refunded to the student
  • In cases where the Institute ceases to offer the services or a student transfers to another RTO (Recognised Training Organisation) and provides written proof of enrolment into the same qualification – 100 % of fees any units not commenced will be refunded.

Skills First Reconnect

Skills First Reconnect is a Victorian Government initiative being delivered by TAFE Gippsland which supports people between 17-64 who have left school early or who are long-term unemployed.

The program is designed to provide support to engage in a training and/or work pathway.

  • This program is designed for people keen to explore study and training options or kick start a career but are unsure where to start.
  • Skills First Reconnect provides an individualised service to each eligible participant to help them get back on track, build resilience and the capacity needed to successfully transition into formal learning and employment in a sustainable way.
  • Young people who leave school early often face multiple barriers to re-engaging in education and training or entering the workforce. Young people between the ages of 17 – 19 can enrol in the program to assist them to reach their potential.
  • Adults between the ages of 20-64 years who haven’t completed year 12, been unemployed for 12 months or more and are not currently enrolled in study or training, can benefit from the program.
  • Skills First Reconnect participants will be provided with wrap-around supports helping to identify future goals, steps to work towards them, addressing any challenges and skill gaps, whilst building resilience and confidence to chase their dreams.

For further information please contact
Email: reconnect@tafegippsland.edu.au or Call: 03 5175 9645

Funding for the Skills First Reconnect grant program is being provided by the Victorian Government, through the Department of Education and Training.