The Victorian Training Guarantee entitles a student to a government-subsidised place in an accredited vocational education and training course, subject to eligibility guidelines. Students who are not eligible may choose to undertake fee for service training.
Fees can be made up of one or more of the following:
- tuition fees associated with the teaching and training elements of a course
- materials fees that cover course materials and consumables, and excursion fees.
- textbooks and stationery.
Fee for service fees are commercial rates calculated at a flat rate per course/unit enrolled.
For more information and indicative fee rates for Training Guarantee eligible and ineligible students, and concession holders for TAFE Gippsland courses you will find these listed on course pages.
Tuition fees are indicative only and subject to change, given individual circumstances, at enrolment.
For an individual quotation of fees payable, or to arrange payment, contact us on 1300 133 717.
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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.
Your options for paying tuition fees for VET Student Loan eligible courses are:
- up-front payment; or
- Government loan through the VET Student Loan scheme (eligibility rules apply) up to the capped amount
*Any materials fees incurred can be paid upfront or an instalment arrangement may be entered into.
You may wish to seek independent financial advice prior to applying for a VET Student loan.
To find out more about VET Student Loans with TAFE Gippsland, please visit our VET Student Loans page.
- 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 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.
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.
If you have any questions about any of the scholarships feel free to get in contact with us.
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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 that 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 engage 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 https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/s/your-options-around-financial-support or ask a TAFE Gippsland Customer Service and Support Officer.
Our Enrolment Officers can answer any questions you have regarding fees, refunds and withdrawals. Applications for a refund of fees are processed in line with TAFE Gippsland policy as summarised in the table below.
TAFE Gippsland Refund Policy
Certificate I-IV courses – government funded
Student initiated withdrawals within four weeks of
Full refund of units not yet commenced less:
Student initiated withdrawals four weeks or more after training has commenced in the current year – government funded
No refund of tuition fees:
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 Loans, 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
Less than 5 days prior to course commencement
If TAFE Gippsland cancels, or is unable to provide services you have prepaid for, you will be placed into an equivalent course where:
- the new location must be suitable to you
- you must receive the full services you prepaid for at no additional cost.
If we cancel a short course, 100% of fees will be refunded to you.
In cases where we cease to offer services, or you transfer to another Recognised Training Organisation and provide written proof of enrolment in the same qualification, 100% of fees for any units not started will be refunded.
The Skills First Reconnect Program is a Victorian Government initiative being delivered by TAFE Gippsland in partnership with Gippsland Employment Skills Training (GEST).
The Reconnect program strives to support Victorians experiencing disadvantage. The program assists participants to overcome the barriers preventing them from engaging in education and training and provides support into further study or employment pathways.
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.
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.
Eligibility for the Program
- YOUNG PEOPLE - Aged between 17- 19 years: not engaged in education or training for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week).
- MATURE PARTICIPANTS - Aged between 20-64 years: Unemployed for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week) and not engaged in education or training for six months or more (less than 8 hours per week).
- YOUNG PEOPLE IMPACTED BY JUSTICE SYSTEM - Young people (17 to 24 years of age) who have been, or are currently on, Youth Justice Orders.
- ASYLUM SEEKSERS - A person without citizenship but holds a valid Bridging Visa Class E (BVE), Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV), or Temporary Protection Visa (TPV).
Intake for the 70 new places for the 2022 program has now commenced. For further information or to express your interest please contact email@example.com
Funding for the Skills First Reconnect grant program is being provided by the Victorian Government, through the Department of Education and Training.