Government-subsidised fees

Skills First

Skills First is a Victorian Government scheme that helps people access vocational education and training. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.

You can check if you are eligible for a government-subsidised place by using the government’s online Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator. Note: this indicator is to be used as a guide only. It does not guarantee you a government-subsidised place in a Swinburne nationally recognised course. Swinburne will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility during the course application process.

To be eligible for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria and the course you’ve applied for must also be offering government-subsidised places.

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 (Skills First), to study one of 30 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre-apprenticeships) from 1 January in 2019.

Students who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training can access the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative to have their tuition fees covered when they study one of the following coursed offered by Swinburne.

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme.

A VET Student Loan (VSL) helps a students to cover fees for vocational education and training (VET) courses and are only available for approved course at the diploma level and above. This means that you can’t get a VSL for a Certificate IV level course or below.

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.