Skills First Funding – Do you know if you are eligible?

If you meet the Skills First Funding eligibility criteria below, you may be eligible to receive subsidised training in one of ACFB’s Nationally Recognised courses!

 

What is Skills First Funding?

Skills First Funding is a Victorian Government scheme that helps people access vocational education and training. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.

You can check if you are eligible for a government-subsidised place by using the government’s online Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator.

Please Note: this indicator is to be used as a guide only. It does not guarantee you government-subsidised training in a nationally recognised course at ACFB. ACFB will determine your eligibility by conducting a full assessment of your eligibility prior to enrolment.

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Eligibility criteria for Skills First Funding

To be eligible for a government-subsidised place, you must meet various eligibility criteria below, as set out by the Department of Education and Training.

 

1) Location and citizenship

You must:

  • be physically present in Victoria for all of your studies; and
  • be an Australian citizen or holder of a permanent visa, or a New Zealand citizen (visa 444); or be an asylum seeker or refugee with a Bridging Visa E, Temporary Protection Visa or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa.

 

2) Age and prior education

If you are 20 years of age or over as at 1 January in the year you start your course, you may be eligible for a government-subsidised place if you are applying for a qualification higher than any other qualification you have already completed (in addition to meeting all other eligibility criteria).

Please note the following exceptions:

  • Higher qualifications obtained overseas which have not been formally assessed for Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalency are not included in this prior education criteria;
  • Students of any age whose existing highest qualification is a VCE, VCAL, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or an Australian senior secondary school certificate, may be eligible for a government-subsidised place in a Certificate II level program or above.

 

3) Education history

You must not:

  • be currently enrolled in secondary school. This includes students enrolled in any government, non-government, independent, catholic or home school. School-based apprentices and trainees are exempt from this criteria;
  • be enrolled in the Commonwealth Government’s Skills for Education and Employment program
  • have started, or be due to start, more than two programs in a government subsidised place in the same calendar year; and
  • be currently enrolled in two or more programs in government-subsidised places at the same time; and
  • have, in your lifetime, started two or more programs in a government-subsidised place at the same AQF level (e.g. Advanced Diploma) as the program you are applying for.

 

Do you think you are eligible for Skills First Funding? 

If you believe you meet the above criteria and choose to enrol into a Nationally Recognised course at ACFB, supporting evidence of eligibility MUST be provided either by producing original documents to be sighted and copied, or by providing original certified copies.

Contact ACFB on 03 9873 4858 to find out more details.

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