You may be eligible to access the Skills First Program for a government subsidised training place at ISTA if you:
- are an Australian citizen, or a holder of a permanent visa, or a New Zealand citizen;
- are any one of the following:
- under 20 years of age; or
- 20 years of age or older and “upskilling” by seeking to enrol in a course at ISTA, that is at a higher qualification level than any of your existing completed qualifications; and
- have a physical presence in Victoria, meaning that you must physically be in Victoria when attending government subsidised training; and
- complete the Evidence of Eligibility and Student Declaration Form on its entirety during the enrolment process prior to course commencement; and
- provide the original or certified copy of the original of all supporting evidence of eligibility (e.g. a current and valid green medicare card, Australian passport/birth certificate; or New Zealand passport/birth certificate; plus a photo ID with date of birth); and
- where available, provide a current and valid concession card, exemption or waiver documentation.
You must note that your eligibility to access the Skills First Program for a government subsidised training place is limited because you may only:
- commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses in a calendar year, including any course in which you are enrolled and scheduled to commence at a later date in that same calendar year;
- undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses at any one time in a calendar year;
- commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses at the same level of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in your lifetime; and
- commence a maximum of two government subsidised accredited courses with the title “Course in …” in your lifetime.
You may also be excluded from accessing the Skills First Program for a government subsidised training place if you are still at school, a prisoner or detained under specified legislation.
An ISTA Authorised Delegate will make the final determination of your eligibility under the Skills First Program.
It is important to note that accessing a Skills First Program entitlement may impact on your access to further government subsidised training.
You can get an indication of whether you may be eligible for government-subsidised training by visiting the Victorian Skills Gateway funding eligibility indicator. You may prepare for an eligibility assessment.
Our Skills First Authorised Delegate will make the final determination of your eligibility under the Skills First Program.
You must bring the following on enrolment the original or a certified copy of the original of:
Your current (and valid on course commencement) green Medicare Card, Australian Birth Certificate, current Australian Passport, current New Zealand passport, naturalisation certificate or a formal document issued by the Australian Government confirming permanent residence.
- Your personal identification with photo identification, date of birth and signature (e.g. current drivers licence).
- If an exclusion is relevant to your eligibility, the referral form regarding your entitlement to an exclusion.
- If you hold a concession entitlement, your current and valid Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card. Your concession card must be valid on course commencement.
- Your completed Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Application Form with all supporting documentation (if applicable).