Fee concessions for vocational education students

Concessions provide eligible vocational education students with a discount on Swinburne’s standard tuition fees.

You may be eligible for a concession on tuition fees if you are enrolling in a Certificate IV level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place and hold a valid and eligible concession. If so a concession fee of 20% of the published fee will be charged for your eligible unit/s tuition.

Eligible concessions are:

  • Health Care Card issued by the Commonwealth;
  • Pensioner Concession Card; or
  • Veteran’s Gold Card

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

A card is deemed to be valid where the card start date is before or on your first scheduled class. You must present the original of your valid concession card when you enrol into unit/s and prior to commencing training. Note that you may be required to present your concession at multiple times throughout your enrolment lifecycle (i.e. each time you enrol into unit/s you must re-present your card if seeking a reduction in tuition fee).

If you have applied for your concession card and are yet to receive it, you may present a 'Confirmation of Concession Card Entitlement' letter from Centrelink to confirm you have submitted your application and are eligible for a concession card. This letter from Centrelink must be presented at the time of your unit/s enrolment.

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-subsidised training place. It applies to all course levels, including Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.

What you need to do to claim your concession

To receive a concession on your tuition fees, you must present your Health Care Card or one of the concession cards listed above to the Library and studentHQ office at any Swinburne campus for verification.

You need to verify your concession card at Library and studentHQ each calendar year before your course begins and each time you enrol in a unit/s

Please note: concessions on tuition fees are not available for higher level courses such as diplomas, advanced diplomas, vocational graduate certificates or vocational graduate diplomas.

Find out how to apply for a vocational education course or call us on 1300 275 794.

See the Victorian Government's Education and Training website for further information about concessions on tuition fees.