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Government Funding

Australian and New Zealand Students

Victorian Skills First (Melbourne Campus Only)

In 2020 the Victorian and Commonwealth Government will subsidise your training.

Changes to the TAFE and training system are designed to make the system more accessible for people who do not have a post-school qualification or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

Your course place guaranteed

Under the previous system, the Victorian State Government funded a set number of training places. Under the changes a subsidised place at an approved training provider is guaranteed for all eligible students. The fee schedule shows the Government Funded student amount in the right-hand column (full fee also shown).

The fee schedule

You are eligible for a government subsidised place if you are:

  1. An Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident of Australia,
  2. Asylum seeker with a referral from the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, or
  3. A Victim of Human Trafficking with a referral from the Australian Red Cross; and
  4. Under 20 years of age in the year in which your course starts, or
  5. doing a Foundation Level course (provided you do not hold a Diploma level qualification or higher), or
  6. doing a qualification higher than any you already have (no age restriction), and
  7. have not commenced or not be scheduled to commence more than two Victorian Government subsidised courses in 2019 and
  8. not be currently enrolled in two or more Government subsidised courses and
  9. over your lifetime have not commenced more than two Government subsidised courses at the same level

Unsure whether you are eligible, or would like to find out more?

Contact the Course Advisor on 03 9671 4755, info@academia21.com or click below to start an online self assessment

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Asylum Seekers (must have a referral form from the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre)

Victims of human trafficking (must have a referral form from the Australian Red Cross)

You may also be eligible for further government grants including:

  1. Returning to Work (up to $1,000)
  2. Centrelink Assistance: Austudy / Abstudy (up to $493.90 per fortnight)
  3. Travel Concession Cards

people with disabilities are also encouraged to apply


In addition to domestic students applying directly

a number of Brokers act as a referral service to Academia Australia. Their role is to recommend and refer people whom may be eligible to receive a funded place under the Skills First program.

At all times, Academia Australia is responsible for determining eligibility and conducting a pre-training review for an person seeking a funded place under the Skills First program.