The Australian government is dedicated to eradicating the country’s skills shortage. A critical part of the plan is to provide a variety of funding options and incentives for students of all ages. There are a number of government funded courses available from TAFE institutes and universities across Australia. Many of these are typically at a Diploma level or above, however, there are a number of options and assistance packages available for qualifications in a Certificate level.
There’s also a number of Government incentive and student programs, which offer subsidies and loan sums to eligible students. These can vary on a state level, so it’s best to check out the government’s MySkills website to check out the full list.
- VET Student Loan Program- Replacing the previous VET FEE-HELP in January 2017, it sets out approved courses and providers which offer loans to eligible students. Mainly at Diploma level or above.
- Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program: Provides incentives for existing worker traineeships and traineeships for new entrants. New entrant incentives are marginally greater than those for existing workers.
- Productivity Places Program: 711,000 training places are to be introduced over five years, to ensure people have the ability to upgrade their skills or training in areas of skill shortage.
- User Choice: Provides funding and incentives to Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) (Queensland)
- Investing in Experience – Skills Recognition and Training: Provides funding to mature students (over 50 years old) and allows mature workers to upgrade their skills to Advanced Diplomas.
Most popular TAFE Courses
- Diploma of Counselling
- Certificate III in Education Support (Teacher’s Aide)
- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
- Diploma of Hospitality
- Diploma of Beauty Therapy
- Certificate IV in Business Administration
Government funded courses are available from Certificates to Advanced Diploma levels throughout TAFEs Australia-wide. In some cases, courses will be funded by state government departments (e.g., the Departments of Education in QLD, NSW, and Victoria), while others receive Federal Government funding. Online and classroom-based courses are both funded by the Government in some instances. You’ll find at least one government-funded course in the majority of industries.
Below are some courses that are often government funded, however, this can differ on a state level so make sure you do your research first. These courses are also some of the most popular:
- Certificate III in Home and Community Care
- Certificate III in Aged Care
- Certificate IV in Disability
- Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
- Diploma of Management
Government funded education and training courses are available to Australian citizens or permanent residents who are over 15 years old. Funding is primarily aimed at job seekers but is also available for those who are employed, as evident by the programs available. In some cases the full course fees are covered, some are subsidised, and others only an enrollment fee is required.
It depends on the course, the qualification level and the provider. Requirements may differ from state to state, so it’s best to contact the relevant authorities to find out about the differences in government funded training in QLD, Victoria, and NSW, etc.