Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program offering tuition-free study in non-apprenticeship courses and pre-apprenticeship courses as of 1 January 2019.
You may be eligible for a free TAFE priority course if you’re under 20 years old or if you’re enrolling in a course at a higher level than you’ve completed before.
Please choose your course carefully because once you enrol in a tuition-free priority course, you will not be able to enrol in another tuition-free priority course, even if you didn’t finish your first tuition-free priority course.
If you don’t meet these criteria you may qualify for an eligibility exemption. An exemption will enable you to receive a Free TAFE place in 2019. Enquire now to find out if you qualify.
Please note: The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have enrolled in a tuition-free priority course, you cannot get a tuition-free place again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course
If you’re unsure about applying for a free TAFE priority course, please contact us or visit our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre at our Warrnambool campus.
Contact us to check your eligibility.
South West TAFE's tuition-free TAFE priority courses start on 1 January 2019.
South West TAFE are offering the following Free TAFE courses:
Agriculture, Conservation & Horticulture
Building & Construction
Business & Finance
Food & Hospitality
Nursing, Health & Community Services
Trades & Maritime
If you’re eligible for Free TAFE, the Victorian government will pay the tuition fees for your whole course. You’ll still need to pay all other fees, such as materials.
No. Free TAFE only applies to eligible students who enrol in a tuition-free priority course that commences after 1 January 2019.
If you are currently doing training and you are happy with your course, you should complete it, especially if you have a Victorian Government-subsidised place. There are limits on the number of times you can commence courses and stay eligible for subsidised training, so dropping out and restarting could mean you become ineligible.
The Victorian government will only pay tuition fees for courses on the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list. We still have over 150 more courses on offer, some of which are government-subsidised or may offer a concession rate.
Some of our courses are already government-subsidised. This means the government funds a large portion of tuition fees and you may be paying the smaller remaining amount.
If you’re eligible under the Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, the Victorian government will pay all of your tuition fees for the duration of your priority course.
If you are eligible, the Victorian government will pay your tuition fees for one priority TAFE course in your lifetime, even if you don’t finish the course. If you’re unsure about applying for a tuition-free TAFE course, please contact SWTAFE or visit our Pathfinders Skills and Jobs Centre at our Warrnambool campus.
If you’re continuing in the same course at a TAFE or dual sector provider, the course will continue to be tuition-free.
If you’re continuing in the same course – but not at a TAFE or dual sector provider – you’ll pay the standard tuition fees at that institute.
If you’re enrolled in high school, you won’t be able to access Free TAFE for Priority Courses (unless you’re doing a school-based traineeship.), noting that Apprenticeships are not covered under Free TAFE for Priority Courses.
You can find out more by contacting us or visit the Department of Education and Training website.