Following the availability of Fee-Free TAFE places in 2023, the Australian Government has announced it will fund an additional 300,000 Fee-Free TAFE and vocational education and training places from January 2024.
This initiative aims to provide tuition-free courses to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill in industry sectors with skill shortages or high growth. Through Fee-Free TAFE, people can study a diploma, certificate, or short course. Courses will be available in areas such as:
- Aged care, childcare, healthcare and disability care
- Technology and digital
- Hospitality and tourism
- Sovereign capability, for example, defence and manufacturing industries
- VET workforce
Which visa holders are eligible?
The eligibility criteria for Fee-Free TAFE courses will differ based on the specific state or territory you live in. For example, the list of temporary visa types eligible for government-subsidised training in South Australia can be found here. For Western Australia, the list is available here. Visit the Your Career website for links detailing the eligibility in your state or territory.
When can I study?
Eligibility criteria and course availability is still being confirmed in some states and territories. To enrol or register your interest, visit the Your Career website for information about this initiative in your area.