Free TAFE for Priority Courses

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will give more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE.

More than ever, the skills we need to build our state are learned at TAFE.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs - in demand from Victorian employers. 

From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses pays tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training. This includes:

    • an initial 20 priority non apprenticeship courses, state-wide
    • 18 Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre apprenticeships)

      The Victo​​rian Government is consulting with stakeholders to determine an additional 10 priority courses to be offered under this initiative for the 2019 training year. If you're interested in participating, please contact the TAFE and Training line on the number below to find out how.​

      TAFEs may take enrolments in 2018 for courses ​that have already been announced, and for the additional 10 courses when they are announced​.

      Priority TAFE courses

      The tuition free priority course list includes 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as 'pre-apprenticeships').

      The tuition free priority courses lead to occupations in industries where there are likely to be more jobs. Some of them lead to work in important areas like preventing family violence, rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Victoria and delivering our major infrastructure projects.

      If you're eligible, you can study tuition-fee-free in one of these courses in 2019:

      Non-apprenticeship courses
      Apprenticeship pathway courses


      If you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen you may be eligible if you meet these criteria:

      Under 20 or upskilling

      • are under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications), or
      • are 20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than you've previously attained.

      Victorians who need additional support

      Victorians who are:

      • unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
      • retrenched workers, or
      • automotive supply chain workers.

      Looking to change careers

      Victorians who want to reskill, change careers, improve their employment prospects and/or meet the needs of local industries, subject to availability of TAFE places, and prioritised based on need.


      • A TAFE will confirm your eligibility when they enrol you.
      • You can access one free course.
      • Once you're enrolled in a tuition free priority course, you are not able to get a tuition free place again, even if you don't finish your first tuition free priority course. So, it's important to consider your training choice carefully. You should talk to your local TAFE or Skills and Jobs Centre if you're unsure about applying for Free TAFE for Priority Courses.
      • If you're eligible, the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will cover the tuition fees for the whole course.
      • TAFEs may charge other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees, you'll need to cover these costs yourself.
      • You cannot do more than two government subsidised programs in a calendar year, and cannot have commenced more than two programs at the same level in your lifetime.

      Get advice

      For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, you can contact the TAFE and Training line on 13 18 23. Your local TAFE will also be able to answer your questions.

      You can find your closest TAFE by calling the TAFE and Training line or visit the Victorian Skills Gateway.

      13 18 23
      TAFE and Training line