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Free TAFE FAQs


 
  • If you are eligible, Free TAFE for priority courses will pay the tuition fees for your whole course.
  • TAFEs may charge you other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees that you will have to cover yourself.
  • Free TAFE for priority courses will pay your tuition fees for one course.
  • Once you have enrolled in a tuition free priority course, you can't get a tuition free place again, even if you don't finish your first tuition free priority course.
  • You need to make a careful choice, so talk to us here at Holmesglen or the Holmesglen Skills and Jobs Centre if you are unsure.
  • Courses undertaken as Free TAFE for priority courses are treated the same way as any other course you have undertaken, for the purpose of determining whether you are eligible for further Victorian Government-subsidised training.
  • Here at Holmesglen, as a Government-owned TAFE, we can advise you whether you will have future Victorian Government-subsidised training options.
No. Free TAFE for priority courses only applies to eligible students who enrol in a tuition free priority course that commences after 1 January 2019.
  • If you are currently doing training and you are happy with your course, you should complete it, especially if you have a Victorian Government subsidised place. There are limits on the number of times you can commence courses and stay eligible for subsidised training, so dropping out and restarting could mean you become ineligible.
  • If you are thinking of dropping out for any reason, talk to the careers guidance staff at Holmesglen and at the Holmesglen Skills and Jobs Centre.
  • The tuition-free priority courses are in areas where there are likely to be more jobs in the future.
  • When you finish your course, the Holmesglen Skills and Jobs Centre can help you search for a job and support you to prepare your resumé. 
Free TAFE for priority courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay your tuition fees to study in selected courses at TAFE - such as here at Holmesglen - if you're eligible.
  • Victorian Government-subsidised training is when the Government pays a large portion of the cost of your training if you are eligible, and you make a contribution, by paying fees. It's been around for a while and there are around 1,000 subsidised courses you can do at TAFEs and other training providers.
  • The courses on the tuition free priority course list are subsidised, but the Government will also pay your tuition fees, if you're eligible. It starts next year 2019.
  • Free TAFE for priority courses will start on 1 January 2019.
  • TAFEs such as Holmesglen may take enrolments for Free TAFE for priority courses that commence in 2019, during 2018.
  • You can do tuition free priority courses at Victorian TAFE institutes -  such as Holmesglen - and at universities that offer TAFE courses.
  • To find a course, contact Holmesglen directly on 1300 639 888 or call the Training and TAFE line on 131 823.
Contact Holmesglen on 1300 639 888 or the Training and TAFE line on 131 823 or visit www.tafe.vic.gov.au.
  • The tuition-free priority course list includes 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as 'pre-apprenticeships'). See the list of courses here.
  • The Government will make further announcements to confirm the composition of a further 10 priority courses following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year.
  • The tuition-free priority courses lead to occupations in industries where there are likely to be more jobs. Some of them lead to work in important areas like preventing family violence, rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria and delivering our major infrastructure projects.
  • You might be eligible if you are under 20 years old, or if you are enrolling in a course at a higher level than any you have completed before, but you can check at any TAFE, such as here at Holmesglen, or contact the Training and TAFE line on 131 823.
  •  We can confirm your eligibility when you enrol in Free TAFE for priority courses.
  • Only the courses on the tuition-free priority course list will be tuition fee-free, but there are around 1,000 courses you can do at TAFEs such Holmesglen and other training providers that are Victorian Government-subsidised.
  • While some tuition fees may apply for Victorian Government-subsidised training, you may be eligible for a concession.
  • Check the Victorian Skills Gateway to find Victorian Government-subsidised courses near you (Search the internet for 'Victorian Skills Gateway') and your training provider can check if you are eligible for a concession.

All information is correct at the time of printing but subject to change.

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