Announcement: Free Tafe For Priority Courses

Free TAFE will give more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE.

From 1 January 2019, eligible students will not pay course tuition fees in 30 priority non‑apprenticeship courses, statewide. A further 20 government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre‑apprenticeships) will also be free.

Free TAFE will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to the occupations that are needed most by employers in the Victorian economy.

Free courses will be offered at Victorian TAFE institutes, including universities that offer TAFE courses, across Victoria.

These courses have been prioritised because they lead to jobs in high growth industries as well as important areas for Victoria like preventing family violence, rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme and delivering our major infrastructure projects.


TAFEs offer a campus experience with student services and support and are well connected to industry and their local communities. Our network of TAFE providers offer a range of courses, including free TAFE courses in 2019, in metropolitan and regional locations across the State.


Victoria is growing, with priority industries thriving and new jobs being created.

Free TAFE courses provide the skills you need for industries with in-demand jobs, including:

  • Construction
  • Infrastructure
  • Health
  • Community Services
  • Disability Services
  • Agriculture
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Professional Services

Free TAFE eligibility

If you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen, you are eligible if you meet these 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 need additional support

Victorians who are:

  • unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • retrenched workers, or
  • automotive supply chain workers.

Looking to change careers

Victorians who want to reskill, change careers, improve their employment prospects and/or meet the needs of local industries, subject to availability of TAFE places, and prioritised based on need.

Find out more

For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, you can contact the TAFE and Training line on 13 18 23 or visit

Free TAFE courses

  • Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (FNS40217) / Diploma of Accounting (FNS50217) / Advanced Diploma of Accounting (FNS60217)
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support (CHC43015)
  • Certificate II in Agriculture (AHC20116) / Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30116) / Certificate IV in Agriculture (AHC40116)
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production) (AHC30216)
  • Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215)
  • Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance (HLT33015) / Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (HLT43015)
  • Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) (CPC40110) / Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (CPC50210)
  • Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying (CPC60115)
  • Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (CHC40313)
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction (RII30915)
  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision (RII40715)
  • Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816)
  • Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015)/ Certificate IV in Community Services (CHC42015) / Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015)
  • Certificate III in Concreting (CPC30313)
  • Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing (CPC31411)
  • Certificate IV in Cyber Security (22334VIC)
  • Certificate III in Dental Assisting (HLT35015)/ Certificate IV in Dental Assisting (HLT45015)
  • Certificate IV in Disability (CHC43115)
  • Certificate III in Education Support (CHC30213)/ Certificate IV in Education Support (CHC40213)
  • Certificate IV in Engineering (MEM40105)
  • Certificate III in Horticulture (AHC30716)
  • Certificate III in Hospitality (SIT30616)
  • Certificate III in Individual Support (CHC33015)
  • Diploma of Justice (22320VIC)
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315)
  • Diploma of Nursing (HLT54115)
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Service (CPC40912)
  • Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure (TLI32515)
  • Certificate III in Tourism (SIT30116)
  • Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413)

Apprenticeship pathway courses[1]

  • Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology (AUR20218)
  • Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology (AUR20916)
  • Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (AUR20516)
  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation (AUR20716)
  • Certificate II in Baking (FBP20217)
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship (22338VIC)
  • Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20211)
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational) (22261VIC)
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start) (UEE22011)
  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (MEM20413)
  • Certificate II in Engineering Studies (22209VIC)
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making (MSF20313)
  • Certificate II in Glass and Glazing (MSF20413)
  • Certificate II in Horticulture (AHC20416)
  • Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services) (AMP20117)
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship) (22304VIC)
  • Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General) (ICP20115)
  • Certificate II in Production Nursery (AHC20716)
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant (SHB20216)
  • Certificate II in Signage and Graphics (22285VIC)

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