Fee waivers and exemptions

​This information applies to students undertaking training courses. For information on university course fees, see: StudyAssist​​

Fee waiver for childcare qualifications

The TAFE Fee Waiver for Childcare Qualifications is a Commonwealth Government-funded initiative. Students undertaking government-subsidised training in certain Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications at a Victorian TAFE institute are not required to pay tuition fees. The fee waiver applies only to students undertaking:

  • CHC50908 - Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) 
  • CHC60208 - Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services 
  • CHC50302 - Diploma of Children’s Services 
  • CHC60202 - Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services
  • CHC50113 - Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care).

Students should be aware that the fee waiver concludes on 31 December 2014 and that you may be required to pay fees for training in these courses in 2015 and beyond.  

Special funding arrangements

It may be a condition of special government funding that a student be exempt from any fee payment. For example, prisoners from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre and young people required to undertake a course of study pursuant to a community based order must not be charged a tuition fee. 

Young people transitioning from care initiative

This initiative is currently being expanded to include access to young people on Child Protection Orders and Youth Justice Orders below the age of 22. Further information will be provided shortly. If you have any urgent questions, please contact the Department's Participation Branch on (03) 9651 4353 or balasubramaniam.desh.d@edumail.vic.gov.au