Generally, you are eligible for a government subsidised training place if you are:
And are any of the following:
If you are enrolled at a school, you will not be able to receive a government-subsidised training place for a course through Skills First 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.
*If you are an asylum seeker (confirmed by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre) or a victim of human trafficking (confirmed by the Australian Red Cross), the citizenship/ residency eligibility requirements may be waived.
You are eligible 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 a Certificate II or IV level if you did not complete a Certificate III course.
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).
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 Skills First if either of the two courses you previously commenced are included on the Higher Education and Skills Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway qualifications list, for more information on this please see an Education Pathways Officer.
You can still study any course of your choosing if a place is offered, but you may not be able to access a government-subsidised place.
The following documents are required to determine your eligibility for Skills First funding (one document from Part A, and one document from Part B):
Please note we will need to sight and retain a copy of the original at the time of enrolment or have an original certified copy provided to the enrolling officer.
If this documentation is not provided at the time of enrolment to prove your eligibility under Skills First, you will be unable to enrol or commence in the government-subsidised program. You can elect to undertake your enrolment as a full fee paying student.
As part of your enrolment, you will be asked a series of questions relating to the above and you will be asked to provide relevant evidence to support your responses. You will also be required to complete a declaration attesting to the accuracy of your responses. If you are not eligible for a government subsidised place, your tuition fee is set by South West TAFE and is calculated on the student contact hours you wish to enrol in.
Eligibility requirements are subject to change without notice and in accordance with Government policy. Please contact our Customer Service Centre to confirm your eligibility for a government-subsidised training place.