Get a Government Subsidy

Government subsidised training is where the government contributes towards the cost of your training course. You may also see this referred to as the Victorian Training Guarantee.

It is offered by providers who have a contract with the Victorian Government to deliver government-subsidised training.

Check if you can get subsidised training

You must meet certain requirements to get subsidised training. This will be determined by your training provider when you enrol.

You can get an indication of whether you qualify by using the checker on the Victorian Skills Gateway website


You can start a maximum of two subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your lifetime. This applies whether or not you complete the courses.

For example, this means if you have already commenced two courses at the Certificate 3 level, you may only commence courses at the Certificate 4 level (or above).

This restriction does not apply to courses on the Foundation Skills List or to students recommencing training in the same qualification (at the same or a different provider).


You can get subsidised training as an apprentice if your previously started courses are listed on the pre-apprenticeship and pathway qualifications list:

Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway Qualifications List (pdf - 18.78kb)
Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway Qualifications List (docx - 33.87kb)

If you can't get subsidised training

You can still study at your choice of training provider if places are available, but you may not be able to access a government-subsidised place.

Some training providers do not provide government-subsidised training places and charge full fee for service rates. Some courses are only offered as full fee for service.​

Get advice

The best place to start is to research and choose the training provider that is going to meet your training needs.

To search for training providers in Victoria and contact them directly to ask about your eligibility and training options, see: Find a Course or Training Provider