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.
Government special initiatives
If you’re referred to training under a special government initiative, you may not need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for a Victorian government-subsidised place.
Specific initiatives include:
- 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.
- Back to Work Scheme — provides employers with up to A$11,000 for hiring and training eligible employees.
- 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.