All registered training organisations receiving government funding are required to charge tuition fees. A charge may also be made for tools, student services and amenities, and take-home goods.
Fees are generally paid by the apprentice or trainee. Some industrial awards, however, require that these fees and charges are paid by the employer. In many instances, employers who are not obliged to pay fees and charges for their apprentices or trainees do so voluntarily, or at least assist their apprentice or trainee to bear the costs. Your apprentice or trainee will need to have all the details of fees and charges and who pays them, before they enrol.
Fees and charges are subject to change. To find out the exact fees and charges ask your registered training organisation.
Difficulties in paying fees
If your apprentice or trainee is having difficulty paying their fees, there are some options open to them:
- if they are attending a TAFE Institute, they may be eligible for a student loan
- there may be concessions for apprentices or trainees holding a Health Care (including Low Income) Card
- limited exemptions may be available