Now is the ideal time to make a start on gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to help you get the job or promotion you want. From January 2017, Victoria’s training and TAFE system was overhauled through Skills First. A new approach to training was implemented, setting a high benchmark for training quality, and supporting the courses that are most likely to lead to employment.


Subsidised training is available to eligible individuals through the Victorian and Commonwealth Government. Skills First funding is available to:

  • Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens
  • All candidates under 20 years of age
  • Candidates 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than their existing qualification
  • Candidates enrolled in two or less subsidised programs – this is referred to as the ‘2 course rule’.


Candidates will be eligible for funding for no more than two courses commenced at any given AQF level in their lifetime.  This is referred to as the ‘2 at level’ limit.

Candidates may be required to pay a co-contribution depending on the qualification being undertaken. To find out the applicable student contribution by course, please refer to the tuition fees above.


There are also special eligibility exemptions that may apply to people holding referrals under the following:

  • asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking initiative
  • workers in the transition program
  • single and teenage parents training initiative
  • young people transitioning from care initiative
  • automotive supply chain training initiative

Updated 26 October 2018 BD