Check your eligibility for government-subsidised training
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.
Location and citizenship
You must be physically present in Victoria for all of your studies. This includes attending training/classes that are delivered face-to-face on campus, and also being physically present in Victoria when accessing and studying course materials delivered by distance or online.:
- You must also be either:
- 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.
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.
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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