Skills First is a Victorian Government program that helps people access vocational education and training. If you are eligible, you can apply for a government-subsidised place, which means the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
If you’re referred to training under a special government initiative or don’t meet certain criteria above, you may still be eligible for a Victorian Government-subsidised place and/or other support services, which include:
- Free TAFE for Priority Courses – a government initiative that will pay a student’s tuition fees if eligible for government-subsidised training
- Asylum Seeker VET program initiative – subsidised study for eligible asylum seekers in courses at foundation and certificate I to IV level
- Skills First Youth Access Initiative – free tuition for young people aged up to 24 who have been or are on a Child Protection Order, Family Court Order or a Youth Justice Order (courses include certificates I to IV, diplomas, advanced diplomas and more)
- Family Violence Reform – training to help community service workers provide an initial response to the family violence risk they encounter
- Swinburne Skills and Jobs Centre – free career advice and support services for anyone entering or re-entering the workforce, training, re-skilling or looking to completely change careers
Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for a concession to help reduce the amount of fees you need to pay.
Concessions on tuition fees are available for government-subsidised training in all courses below diploma level, and for training at any level (including diploma and above) for Indigenous students.