Victorian institute of technology (VIT)
Victorian institute of technology (VIT)

Government-Subsidised Training & Fees

Skills First Program

Now is the ideal time to make a start on gaining new skills, or upgrading your existing skills, to help you get the job you want.

Skills First makes vocational training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

There are now an unlimited number of government-subsidised training places available to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Am I eligible for a government subsidised courses Australia?

Generally, you are eligible for a government funded courses Australia if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
  • a New Zealand citizen

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification.

If you are enrolled at a school, you will not be able to receive a government-funded training program in Australia for a course through the Skills First program, unless you are undertaking the course as part of a School-Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship. The Government supports schools in other ways to offer vocational training to their students, so you should discuss all your options with your school.

You can also check what you may be eligible for using the interactive Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator.

How many courses am I eligible for?

You are eligible to enrol and commence two subsidised courses per annum.

Additionally, you are only able to commence a maximum of two subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your lifetime. This restriction applies whether or not you complete the courses. For example, this means if you have already commenced two courses at the Certificate III level, you may only commence courses at the Certificate IV level (or above).

This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List or to students recommencing training in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).

Under exceptional circumstances students may apply for an exemption to the rule allowing only two commencements at the same level, enabling them to enrol in a further qualification at the same level. See the Frequently Asked Questions for information about this. No exemptions are available for any other eligibility criteria.

In addition, eligible students can begin up to two subsidised courses in a year as long as you are not doing any more than two courses at a time.


If you are seeking to enrol in an Apprenticeship (not a Traineeship) and you have already commenced two courses in that same year, you will be eligible for government subsidised training under the Skills First program, if either of the two courses you previously commenced are included on the Higher Education and Skills Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway qualifications

What if I want to study and I don’t meet the eligibility criteria?

You can still study at your choice of training provider if places are available, but you may not be able to access a government-subsidised place.

Some training providers do not provide government-subsidised training places and charge full fee for service rates. Some courses are only offered as full fee for service.

If you meet the above criteria, please call us on 1300 17 17 55 or send an email to

Course Fees Details

Please note – A non-refundable $199.00 application fee applies per course enrolment.
The following fees apply to all students who meet the criteria for government subsidised training under the Skills First Program. Click here to see the Fees details.

Course delivery, outline, units and trainers are subject to change without notification.

* The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Additional fees may apply such as student services and amenity fees (for eg: Uniform, Toolkit & Resources required are at additional cost).

Λ Students require a Uniform, Toolkit and Safety boots.

Please Note: Enrolling in any of the above Qualifications may affect your future training options and eligibility for further Government Subsidised Courses Australia under the Skills First Program.



Note: Timetables, trainers and training rooms may be subject to change at a short notice due to exigencies. All classes are subject to minimum numbers and therefore may be varied or cancelled.

Learner Protections:

1) A ten business day cooling-off period
2) The Pre-Training Review ensures that VIT:

• Understand your objectives for undertaking the qualification(s)
• Explores your current competencies and provides opportunities for these to be assessed through
• Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) or Credit Transfer (CT)
• Ascertain the most suitable qualification(s) for you to enrol based on your current educational attainment, capabilities including language, literacy and numeracy, aspirations and interests
• Determines your training and assessment needs

3) Unlimited access to trainers/assessors

4) Contact the Institute any time by email

5) Access to a thorough Complaints and Appeals process

6) Access to our student support

7) Flexible learning options

8) Payment plans

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.

Courses can be customized to individual requirements within the Qualification*.

Please speak to one of our training consultants.

* Flexible Timings… Weekdays, Weekends, Evenings – Part Time, Full Time & Fast Track
* Conditions Apply



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