Government Funded Courses

Eligibility Check

Government funding assists students by subsidising their tuition fees. Check if you're eligible.

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What is government funding?

The courses that get subsidised also happen to be the ones that are in high demand. This is because governments fund courses to meet skills shortages or sometimes to prepare for an increase in jobs in that area.

A country with a skilled workforce has a lot of advantages, so both state and federal governments work hard to make affordable training available to everyone. They do this by supporting students by providing funding for courses.

Not all courses are approved for government funding and sometimes a course in one state gets funding, while the same course in another state doesn’t. It might seem complex, but we’ve made it simple for you to find funding with our eligibility check.

Are government funded courses free?

There are a handful of priority fully funded government courses but places are limited and strict eligibility requirements apply. You may still need to pay fees such as student services fees or material fees.

Even if you can’t get a qualification for free, there are affordable ways to get qualified. Government funded courses cover a more extensive range of courses than the free priority course list and they are readily available. You can find a government funded course by completing the eligibility check.

VET Student Loans are also available for eligible students and help cover the cost of tuition fees. The loans are capped, meaning that students may have to pay gap amounts that are not covered by the loan. Students are required to repay these loans when they begin earning an income that is above the minimum repayment threshold.

How to get government funding for a course

Each state has their own government funding scheme, and the course provider is required to apply and be approved for each funding scheme. Students must also meet eligibility requirements to gain access to these grants.

For you to receive government funding, you need to find a subsidised course by an approved provider and make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.

We’ve made it easy for you to check your government funded course eligibility. The eligibility check is designed to match your eligibility with a course that suits you best. It is the easiest way to find a government funded course.

Government funding by state

A complete list of funding schemes available by state.

Skilled Capital

Skilled Capital allows eligible ACT students to enrol in subsidised qualifications from Certificate II through to Advanced Diploma as well as skill sets.

User Choice

User Choice Funding is a national funding scheme that subsidises the cost of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled allows eligible NSW students to enrol in subsidised qualifications from Certificate I through to an Advanced Diploma as well as all NSW apprenticeships and selected new entrant traineeships.

User Choice

User Choice Funding is a national funding scheme that subsidises the cost of an apprenticeship or traineeship, and provides additional incentives for students in remote and regional areas.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides funding for a range of Certificate III qualifications as well as foundation skills training.

Higher Level Skills

The Higher Level Skills Program provides funding for Certificate IV or higher level qualifications within priority skill sets.

Free training for Year 12 graduates

Fee Free Training for Year 12 Graduates enables eligible Year 12 graduates to access fee-free apprenticeships, traineeships and training in high priority areas. The Queensland government provides subsidised training within the calendar year after graduating from high school.

User Choice

User Choice Funding is a national funding scheme that subsidises the cost of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Free training for Apprenticeships

This funding scheme provides free training for students who are under 21 years of age in priority apprenticeship and traineeship programs.

Skilling South Australia

Skilling South Australia allows eligible SA students to enrol in subsidised qualifications from Certificate I through to an Advanced Diploma.

Skills First

Skills First allows eligible VIC students to enrol in subsidised qualifications from Certificate I through to an Advanced Diploma.

Jobs and Skills

Jobs and Skills allows eligible WA students to enrol a range of training options including apprenticeships, traineeships, and industry qualifications.

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