Skills First is a Victorian Government program that helps people access vocational education and training. If you are eligible, you can apply for a government-subsidised place, which means the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
If you’re referred to training under a special government initiative or don’t meet certain criteria above, you may still be eligible for a Victorian government-subsidised place.
Government initiatives include:
- Free TAFE for Priority Courses — Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government initiative that will pay a student’s tuition fees, if eligible for government-subsidised training
- JobTrainer — Study for low or no fees with JobTrainer.
- National Infection Control Skill Sets — The Victorian Government, with the Commonwealth Government, is responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by fully funding five Infection Control Skill Sets (Skill Sets) for training providers to deliver to employed Victorian workers. These short courses will help workers ensure their workplaces are safe for themselves and the community and stop the spread of COVID-19.
Learn more about our Infection Control Skill Sets.
- Asylum Seeker VET program initiative — subsidised study for eligible asylum seekers in courses at foundation, certificate I to IV and diploma level.
- Skills First Youth Access Initiative — free tuition for young people aged up to 22 who have been, or are on, a Child Protection Order, Family Court Order or a Youth Justice Order. Courses include certificates I to IV, diplomas, advanced diplomas and more.
- Latrobe Valley Initiative — worker Transition Service for employees of Hazelwood (including contractors, supply chain employees and their family members) and employees of the Carter Holt Harvey Mill in Morwell.
- Retrenched workers — subsidised training for workers facing retrenchment.
- Automotive Supply Chain workers — help for automotive supply chain workers with subsidised training.
- Jobs Victoria Employment Network
- Clients and/or any other specific cohort as determined by the Department of Education and Training
Not eligible for a government-subsidised place?
If you are ineligible for a government-subsidised place, you may be offered a full-fee place. You can get an estimate of your total course cost by checking the indicative course fees.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a concession to help reduce the amount of fees you need to pay.
Concessions on tuition fees are available for government-subsidised training in all courses below diploma level; and for training at any level (including diploma level and above) for Indigenous students.
Find out if you’re eligible for a fee concession.