Funded Course List

Finding a funded course

Courses on the 2017 Funded Course List are subsidised for students who commence their training between 1 January and 31 December 2017.

To find a 2017 funded course and the subsidy rate: 

For a list of current funded courses and 2017 rates for non-funded courses, see: Funded Courses Report - Skills Victoria Training System

Courses on the 2018 Funded Course List will be subsidised for students who commence their training between 1 January and 31 December 2018.

To find a 2018 funded course and the subsidy rate: 

The 2018 rates for non-funded courses will be available from 1 January 2018.

Subsidies that reflect the real costs of training

The funded course list includes only those courses which:

  • Align with industry needs and workforce demands.
  • Represent Government priorities, including rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), responding to family violence, and completing Victoria’s infrastructure projects.
  • Have strong job outcomes, such as apprenticeships.
  • Meet other social needs, such as foundation skill courses.

Responsive funding

The funded course list is regularly reviewed, and courses added as required by industry needs, to support jobs growth. This allows the training market to keep up with the changing needs of the economy.

Subsidies for students in 2017 are available as follows:

  • 2017 subsidies apply to all new eligible students who commence their training on or after 1 January 2017.
  • 2017 subsidies apply (as of 1 January 2017) to all eligible students who commenced their training prior to 2017, provided that their course is on the 2017 funded course list.
  • 2016 subsidies will continue to apply for all students who commenced their training prior to 2017 for courses that are not on the 2017 funded course list.

Subsidies for students in 2018 will be available as follows:

  • 2018 subsidies will apply to all new eligible students who commence their training on or after 1 January 2018.
  • 2018 subsidies will apply (as of 1 January 2018) to all eligible students who commenced their training prior to 2018, provided that their course is on the 2018 funded course list.
  • 2016 subsidies will continue to apply for all students who commenced their training prior to 2017 for courses that are not on the 2017 funded course list or the 2018 funded course list.
  • 2017 subsidies will continue to apply for all students who commenced their training prior to 2018 for courses that were on the 2017 funded course list but are not on the 2018 funded course list.

Jobs and training needs

The 2018 funded course list has been used to create regional Jobs and Training Needs Reports. These reports will assist training providers to better align their proposed delivery in 2018 with the stated objectives of Skills First.

For more information, see: Jobs and Training Needs Reports.

Real training for real jobs

Through Skills First, the Government will ensure industry has a clearer voice in which courses are funded, students will get real training that leads to real jobs and public money will be well spent.

Through the Industry Engagement Framework, industry has a greater voice in determining which training courses receive Government funding, thereby ensuring the funded course list is aligned with industry training needs.

The funded course list comprises courses with strong job outcomes, including apprenticeships and high-value traineeships and courses linked to government priorities that are of greatest value to the Victorian economy.

For more information and resources, see: Skills First Resources or contact us at skillsfirst.enquiry@edumail.vic.gov.au