Asylum Seeker VET Program

What is the Asylum Seeker VET Program?

The Victorian government has expanded the Asylum Seeker Vocational Education Training (VET) Program to exempt eligible asylum seekers from the usual citizenship criteria required for participating in a Skills First training course.

The expansion of the program includes a range of new measures that increase Skills First accredited training places, broaden eligibility, lower fees, and make a wider range of subsidised courses available to eligible asylum seekers. ​

In addition to subsidising Skills First courses, the expanded program is funds two limited pre-accredited programs, the Asylum Seeker Learning Plan (ASLP) and the Asylum Seeker Language and Literacy (ASLL) program.

Who can apply?

Students must hold a valid visa to participate in the subsidised Asylum Seeker VET Program. 

Valid visas and criteria for this program are:
  • Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEV)
  • Temporary Protection Visas (TPV)
  • Bridging Visa class E (BVE)
  • Victims of human trafficking who have referrals from the Australian Red Cross are also eligible.

Types of funding

Subsidised accredited training - Skills First

Students with a valid visa may directly enrol in an accredited Skills First course with a TAFE Institute or a Learn Local Organisation that delivers Skills first courses. For more information, see: Skills First

For referrals to a Registered Training Organisation contact the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Asylum Seeker Learning Plan Program

Applications are open to all Learn Local organisations to deliver this program comprising of:
  • education and skills assessment
  • VET pathways advice
  • community orientation to training.
Funding will be offered to areas in Victoria of greatest need. 



Applications open on Wednesday 24 January 2017 and close 5pm on Friday 17 February 2017.

How to apply

Asylum Seeker Language and Literacy Program

The ASSLP will fund pre-accredited Language and Literacy programs that are customised by Learn Local providers to meet the specific English language and literacy needs of individual asylum seekers and refugees with temporary residence, close to where they live throughout Victoria. Learn Local providers delivering ASLLP programs will be contracted with the Department of Education and Training to deliver these programs. 


Applications are open to all Learn Local organisations and Adult Education Institutions, with the expectation that funding will be offered to those areas of greatest need. 


Applications open on Monday 6 March 2017 and close at 5pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

How to apply