Free TAFE for Priority Courses will give more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE.

From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses covers tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training. 

Free TAFE courses

Non-apprenticeship courses

Apprenticeship pathway courses

Priority TAFE courses

The free priority course list includes 30 non-apprenticeship courses and 20 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as 'pre-apprenticeships').

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.

Students who are eligible for the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative can study one of the courses at Chisholm in 2019.

Free TAFE eligibility

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will give more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE.  It will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to occupations that are needed most by employers in the Victorian economy.

The investment of $172 million will make 20 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses in these growth industries free.

Any Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen is eligible to do Free TAFE for Priority Courses in Victoria if they meet the following criteria:

Under 20 or upskilling

  • are under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications), or
  • are 20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than you've previously attained.

Victorians who need additional support

Victorians who are:

  • unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • retrenched workers, or
  • automotive supply chain workers.

Looking to change careers

Victorians who want to reskill, change careers, improve their employment prospects and/or meet the needs of local industries, subject to availability of TAFE places, and prioritised based on need.

Find out more

For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, you can contact the TAFE and Training line on 13 18 23.

View the Free TAFE for Priority Courses student Q and A.