Government-subsidised fees

Free TAFE for Priority Courses

Some courses may be ‘fee free’ in 2019 for eligible students as part of the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. 

Skills First

Under the Skills First (formally Victorian Training Guarantee scheme), the Victorian State Government subsidises the cost of study for eligible students.

The scheme aims to make vocational education more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

To be eligible for a government-subsidised place you must meet certain requirements.

Proof of eligibility for government-subsidised places

If you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place, you will need to provide evidence when you enrol.

You will be required to complete the Victorian Training Guarantee Evidence of Student Eligibility and Declaration (PDF) and provide supporting documentation (e.g. birth certificate, passport etc.).

Note: Supporting documentation must be an original or certified copy.

VET Student Loans

From 1 January 2017, the Australian Government will no longer offer VET FEE-HELP loans, and a new VET Student Loans program will commence.

If you are commencing a new course after 1 January 2017, you’ll need to apply for the new VET Student Loan program. We are currently waiting on more information from the Government about the eligibility criteria and how students are to apply.

Fee concessions

Reduced (concession) fees are available to eligible students.

You must provide evidence of eligibility at the time of enrolment to receive a concession.


Swinburne offers a range of scholarships to help prospective and current students reach their goals. Scholarships can help with tuition fees, living costs and study expenses.

More information

For more detailed fee information, including fee concessions and payment due dates, visit the Fees section.