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Skills First Funding

In 2017 the Victorian State Government committed to continue funding of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector through the Skills First funding program. This funding enables all eligible Victorians to access subsidised funding to cover some or all of their VET qualification fees.

The Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is contracted under the Skills First program and therefore able to offer subsidised quality training to eligible# individuals who, for example:

  • are Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens
  • are under 20 years of age
  • are 20 years and older and seeking to enrol in a nationally recognised course that is at a higher level than their existing qualification – termed ‘Upskilling’

Under Skills First funding students may:

  • Commence a maximum of two courses subsidised through the program in the current calendar year (2 in a year limitation) and at any one time (2 at a time limitation).
  • Receive funding for no more than two courses commenced at any given AQF level in their lifetime (2 at level limitation).

Accepting a funded place subsidised by the Skills First program will affect the student’s future training options and the ability to access further government subsidized training under the Skills First program.*

*In most circumstances once a student has accessed Skills First funding for a qualification level then no Skills First funding is available for a qualification at a lower level  i.e. once funding is accessed for a Diploma then no funding is available for a Certificate I, II, III or IV as they are all lower qualifications than a Diploma.

For full details# on Skills First funding, eligibility, eligibility exemptions, list of funded qualifications, and any further fees for courses please contact us at

For more information on the Skills First program and training in Victoria visit the Victorian Skills Gateway.

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