Q: What are government funded courses?
Deciding to pursue a new career is an aspirational and exciting time. Whether you are a school leaver, have had time away from the workforce or need a new direction, taking on study to gain qualifications is a big decision, especially when it comes to the cost.
This is where government-funded courses come into play.
In Australia, essential industries are singing out for stronger workforces. Federal and state governments have recognised that to ensure these sectors do not face skills shortages and have a strong future, they must incentivise prospective jobseekers and make earning qualifications in these industries more accessible than ever.
What courses are government funded in Australia?
Whether you are looking at taking a short course, an apprenticeship or completing a bachelor’s degree, government funding and subsidies for nationally recognised qualifications are available in Australia at most higher education levels.
Training courses can be completed in class, full-time or part-time, and there is a massive range of government funded online courses to choose from that offer flexibility and autonomy.
Although many courses are available for some degree of tuition fee funding, not all are approved, and eligibility for funding can vary from state to state.
What course funding schemes are available in Australia?
Although many schemes that offer funding for courses span nationally, some are state-specific. For more information on how to get government funded courses, your best bet is to refer to your regional government education websites or individual training providers.
Some of the most prominent schemes in Australia for course funding are:
Who is eligible for government funded courses?
Generally, to be eligible for government subsidised courses in Australia, a learner must be either:
- An Australian citizen
- A permanent Resident
- A New Zealand Citizen residing in Australia
From there, each funding scheme’s eligibility criteria will vary. For specific requirements for each program, a great place to go is your state government’s education website.