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Funding Eligibility

Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding

You are eligible to access the Skills First Program for a government subsidised training place if you:

  1. are an Australian citizen, a holder of a permanent visa or a New Zealand citizen;
  2. are any one of the following:
    • under 20 years of age;
    • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course and do not hold a Diploma or higher qualification;
    • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL;
    • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship; or
    • 20 years of age or older and “upskilling” by seeking to enrol in a course that is at a higher qualification level than any of your existing completed qualifications; and
  1. have a physical presence in Victoria, meaning that you must physically be in Victoria for government subsidised training delivered by an RTO; and
  2. you complete the hard copy Evidence of Eligibility and Student Declaration in the Enrolment Form prior to course commencement and provide the original or certified copy of the original of all supporting evidence of eligibility and concession, exemption or waiver documentation (as applicable).

Your eligibility to access the Skills First Program for a government subsidised training place is limited because you may only:

  1. commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses in 2018, including any course in which you are enrolled and scheduled to commence at a later date in 2018;
  2. undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses at any one time in 2018; and
  3. commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses in your lifetime at the same level of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) or accredited courses with the title “Course in …”.

There are some exceptions to the Skills First Program eligibility limitations. 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.

The RTO will make the final determination of your eligibility under the Skills First Program.

Still have questions? Please feel free to get in touch.


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Thank you so much for everything.

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