Free TAFE for Priority Courses came into effect on 1 January 2019, reducing the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses covers tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training. There may still be some costs, such as student services fees or materials fees, under Free TAFE. Free TAFE courses delivered via Chisholm Online are completely free, with no additional fees to pay.

Free TAFE supports Victoria’s Skills First program that subsidises training and tuition-free training at TAFEs and complements other initiatives to support Victoria’s economic recovery, such as the free Course in Working Safely in the Solar Industry and Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Construction Industry Skill SetJobTrainer and Working for Victoria.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses at Chisholm

At Chisholm, we are offer a wide range of Free TAFE courses, on-campus and online

View all the Free TAFE courses at Chisholm, listed by career field.

Who is eligible for Free TAFE courses?

Any Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen is eligible to do a Free TAFE course in Victoria if they meet one of the following 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 are:

  • unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • retrenched workers
  • automotive supply chain workers
  • wanting to reskill, change careers, improve their employment prospects and/or meet the needs of local industries may be exempt from the eligibility criteria.

Ineligible for a Free TAFE course?

You may eligible for an exemption to some eligibility requirements, however there are a limited number of exemptions available.

Frequently asked questions

For more information, please visit the Free TAFE for Priority Courses FAQs. Apply now to secure your place in a Free TAFE course for 2021!