Contracts between the Department and training providers, including individual TAFE institutes, for the delivery of government subsidised training.
The contract and related guidelines set out the requirements that training providers must abide by to maintain compliance as contracted providers in receipt of government subsidy. They also set standards of behaviour and minimum requirements for the delivery of training services.
You can access current contracts, related guidelines and previous service agreements from this website. These documents may be updated by the Department from time to time.
Contracted training providers should always refer to any contract notifications on the Skills Victoria Training System (SVTS) to ensure they are referring to the most up-to-date version of the contract.
Skills First contract arrangements
The Department is pleased to advise that it will offer one-year Skills First VET Funding Contracts for 2021.
Given the stability and performance of the current Skills First training market, the 2021 Contracts will be offered to training providers holding a 2018-19 VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020), without the need for them to participate in a full expression of interest process.
During the current challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19), this decision is intended to provide some certainty and stability for training providers, employers and students as they plan for 2021.
Training providers will be required to participate in a financial assessment process. The Contract offer is conditional upon Department being satisfied with the results of the financial assessment.
The Department has determined that it will not run an expression of interest process for new entrants to the Skills First training market for 2021.
For further information please refer to Contract Notification 2020-08, available in the 'Memos' section of SVTS.
2018-2019 contracts (extended to 31 December 2020)
These VET Funding Contracts apply to students commencing training from 1 January 2018:
2018-19 Standard VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020) - Skills First program - version 3
2018-19 Restricted VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020) - Skills First program - version 3
2018-19 TAFE VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020) - Skills First program - version 3
2018-19 Dual sector VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020) - Skills First program - version 3
2018-19 VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020) - Skills First program (Non-Victorian based training provider delivering to a National Enterprise) - version 3
Skills First quality charter
Skills First Quality Charter
Determining student eligibility and supporting evidence
The guidelines about Determining student eligibility and supporting evidence describe the requirements for training providers assessing student eligibility and documenting the necessary supporting evidence.
2020 Guidelines About Determining Student Eligibility and Supporting Evidence
The guidelines about Fees describe requirements regarding tuition fees and other fees associated with Government subsidised training and set out the financial and accountability requirements of training providers with regard to fees. The guidelines apply to all enrolments in Victorian government subsidised training.
Apprenticeship/Traineeship training delivery
The guidelines about apprenticeship/traineeship training delivery describe additional requirements for training delivery to apprentices and trainees.
2020 Guidelines About Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Delivery
Previous years agreements
For students that commenced training between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013:
For students that commenced training between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2012:
For students that commenced training between 1 January 2011 and 31 December 2011:
For students that commenced training between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2010:
For students that commenced training between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2009:
Additional contract resources
Audit (contract compliance audit strategy)
Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG) audit strategy has been developed to assist training providers to understand the audit program and to provide information on how to prepare for contract compliance audits.
Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and AQTF essential conditions and standards for continuing registration
For information on the
Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and related documents, including the AQTF essential conditions and standards for initial and continuing registration, see:
National Skills Standards Council (NSSC).
Standards for registered training organisations 2015
For information, see:
Standards for registered training organisations 2015, and
Australian Skills Quality Authority.
Practical placement guidelines
For guidance for registered training organisations when arranging practical placements for students undertaking vocational training, see
Practical placement guidelines.
For copies of purchasing guides, see
Victorian purchasing guides.
Victorian VET student statistical collection guidelines
For a copy of Victorian VET student statistical collection guidelines and other related documents, see
VET data collection.
A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999, see:
A New Tax System (Goods and Services Tax) Act 1999, and for more Acts. see
For copies of the below Acts, see
Victorian legislation and parliamentary documents.
Audit Act 1994
Disability Act 2006
Education and Training Reform Act 2006
Electronic Transactions (Victoria) Act 2000
Equal Opportunity Act 1995
Freedom of Information Act 1982
Information Privacy Act 2000
Penalty Interest Rates Act 1983 (Victoria)
Public Records Act 1973
Ombudsman Act 1973
Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities
Working With Children Act 2005