Government Funded Courses Melbourne VIC
Victorian Skills First (Melbourne Campus Only)
Academia is thrilled to offer eligible students the opportunity to study in Melbourne for free thanks to Skills First.
Skills First is part of the Victorian Skills Gateway, a government initiative to ensure the state’s training systems can deliver quality education that leads to real opportunity.
With Skills First, Academia is supporting eligible students to access high-quality education and training. This enables growing sectors to benefit from skilled workers.
What government funded courses in Victoria are available?
Academia is a contracted training provider, eligible to offer Skills First Funding courses.
The courses offered align with in-demand skill sets and also have strong job prospects following successful completion.
If you’re eligible for Skills First Funding, you may be able to study the following courses for free!
- Certificate II English as an Additional Language EAL (Access)
- Certificate III English as an Additional Language EAL (Access)
- Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (Childcare)
- Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Childcare)
- Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care)
- Certificate IV in Ageing Support (Aged Care)
- Certificate III in Hairdressing
- Certificate IV in Hairdressing
- Diploma of Salon Management
- Certificate III in Patisserie
- Certificate IV in Patisserie
- Certificate III in Patisserie & Certificate III in Cookery
Am i eligible for government funded courses in Melbourne?
Free TAFE course eligibility: do I qualify for a free TAFE or TAFE-equivalent course?
There are a wide range of courses that are either partially or fully-subsidised thanks to Skills First funding. Of course, this isn’t much use to you if you don’t qualify!
As with any other government scheme, there are a number of criteria that determine whether or not you are eligible for a government-subsidised place.
Here’s a quick snapshot; below we go into further detail around some of these requirements.
You are eligible for a government subsidised place if you are:
- An Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident of Australia,
- Asylum seeker with a referral from the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, or
- A Victim of Human Trafficking with a referral from the Australian Red Cross; and
- Under 20 years of age in the year in which your course starts, or
- doing a Foundation Level course (provided you do not hold a Diploma level qualification or higher), or
- doing a qualification higher than any you already have (no age restriction), and
- have not commenced or not be scheduled to commence more than two Victorian Government subsidised courses in 2019 and
- not be currently enrolled in two or more Government subsidised courses and
- over your lifetime have not commenced more than two Government subsidised courses at the same level
You may also be eligible for further government grants including:
- Returning to Work (up to $1,000)
- Centrelink Assistance: Austudy / Abstudy (up to $493.90 per fortnight)
- Travel Concession Cards
people with disabilities are also encouraged to apply