Free TAFE for Priority Courses

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will give more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE.

More than ever, the skills we need to build our state are learned at TAFE.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs - in demand from Victorian employers. 

From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses pays tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training. This includes:

    • An initial 20 priority non apprenticeship courses, state-wide – a further 10 priority courses will be confirmed following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year
    • 18 Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre apprenticeships)

      TAFEs may take enrolments in 2018 for Free TAFE for Priority Courses that begin in 2019.

      Priority TAFE courses

      The tuition free priority course list includes 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as 'pre-apprenticeships').

      The tuition free priority courses lead to occupations in industries where there are likely to be more jobs. Some of them lead to work in important areas like preventing family violence, rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria and delivering our major infrastructure projects.

      Students who are eligible for the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative can study tuition-fee-free in one of the following courses in 2019:

      Non-apprenticeship courses

      Apprenticeship pathway courses


      Students may be eligible if they are under 20 years old, or if they are enrolling in a course at a higher level than they have completed before.

      A TAFE will confirm a student's eligibility when they enrol in Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

      Eligible students can access one free course.

      Once a student is enrolled in a tuition free priority course, they are not able to get a tuition free place again, even if they don't finish their first tuition free priority course. So, it is important that students consider their training choice carefully. Students should talk to their local TAFE or Skills and Jobs Centre if they are unsure about applying for Free TAFE for Priority Courses.

      If a student is eligible, the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will cover the tuition fees for their whole course.

      TAFEs may charge other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

      A student cannot undertake more than two government subsidised programs in a calendar year, and cannot have commenced more than two programs at the same level in your lifetime.

      More information

      For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, including eligibility and course locations, contact the TAFE and Training line:

      13 18 23
      TAFE and Training line