VET funding contracts

Contracts between the Department and training provide​rs, 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.

2021 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 Standard VET funding contract - Skills First program - version 2 pdf 982kb2018-19 Standard VET funding contract - Skills First program - version 2 docx 197.21kb
2018-19 Restricted VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020) - Skills First program - version 3
2018-19 Restricted VET funding contract - Skills First program - version 2 pdf 977.38kb2018-19 Restricted VET funding contract - Skills First program - version 2 docx 197.11kb
2018-19 TAFE VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020) - Skills First program - version 3
2018-19 TAFE VET funding contract - Skills First program - version 2 pdf 1.02mb2018-19 TAFE VET funding contract - Skills First program - version 2 docx 1.01mb
2018-19 Dual sector VET Funding Contract (extended to 31 December 2020) - Skills First program - version 3
2018-19 Dual sector VET funding contract - Skills First program - version 2 pdf 1.03mb2018-19 Dual sector VET funding contract - Skills First program - version 2 docx 200.27kb
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
2018-19 VET funding contract - Skills First program (Non-Victorian based training provider delivering to a National Enterprise) - version 2 pdf 997.46kb2018-19 VET funding contract - Skills First program (Non-Victorian based training provider delivering to a National Enterprise) - version 2 docx 199.99kb


 Skills First quality charter

Skills First Quality Charter
Skills First Quality Charter pdf 490.8kbSkills First Quality Charter docx 118.56kb

Guidelines

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
2020 guidelines about Determining student eligibility and supporting evidence pdf (898.83kb) docx (793.54kb)

Fees

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.

2020 Guidelines About Fees
pdf (539.44kb)docx (775.44kb)

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)

The 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.

Purchasing guides

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.

Acts

Commonwealth Acts

To view 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 ComLaw.

Victorian Acts

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

Outside websites