Under the Victorian Government's new Free TAFE for priority courses program, eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for:
An initial 20 priority non-apprenticeship courses, state-wide – a further 10 priority courses will be confirmed following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year
Eight Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre-apprenticeships)
The Free TAFE for priority courses program is designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to priority occupations – those in demand from employers in the Victorian economy.
TAFEs such as Holmesglen Institute may start taking enrolments this year for Free TAFE for priority courses commencing 2019.
If you're eligible, the Free TAFE for priority courses initiative will cover the tuition fees for the duration of your course. You'll still need to pay for other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees.
You may be eligible if you are under 20 years old, or if you are enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.
Eligible students can access this initiative only once, even if you do not finish your tuition-free-free priority course. So, it is important that you consider your training choice carefully.