2021 Guidelines
for Eligibility

Tuition Fees and funding

Payment options

There are two ways in which a qualification may be paid for with our training providers:

  • Eligible students enrolling in an eligible qualification may have all or part of their fees paid by Skills Victoria through the Skills First Government Funding programme.


  • If a student or qualification is not eligible for subsidies through the Skills First funding programme, the tuition fee will become a fee for service arrangement where participants will be required to pay for their qualification. Payment options may include progressive payments.

NOTE: Our Training and Assessment (TAE) qualifications are not subsidised under Government Funding.​

Government Funding Information

Government Subsided Training under The Skills First Program

After a student has expressed an interest to undertake a qualification, their eligibility for government-subsidised tuition fees is assessed by the training provider. Whilst Study Pathway Australia offers guidance on eligibility, it does not undertake an assessment of eligibility.



The following conditions must be met to be eligible for Skills First Government Funding:

  • Either:

    • Australian Citizen; or

    • A holder of a permanent visa; or

    • A New Zealand citizen;

  • Enrolment and commencement of training in a course or qualification provided by the training provider between the 1st January and the 31st December of the year of study

  • Either

    • Under 20 years of age (as at 1st January) and enrolling in a nationally recognised training;

    • Over 20 years of age (as at 1st January) and enrolling in a nationally recognised training in a foundation skills list course;

    • Over 20 years of age (as at 1st January) and enrolling in a nationally recognised apprenticeship training course, as an apprentice (not trainee)

    • Over 20 years of age (as at 1st January) and enrolling in a nationally recognised training course in the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (intermediate or senior); or

    • Over 20 years of age (as at 1st January) and enrolling in a nationally recognised training course that is a higher qualification level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled commencement of training.


Furthermore, if students meet the eligibility criteria to access Skills First Government-subsidised funding as an individual you will only be eligible to:

  • Commence a maximum of 2 courses subsidised through the Skills First Program in a calendar year;

  • Undertake a maximum of 2 courses subsidised through the Skills First Program at any one time

  • Commence a maximum of 2 government-subsidised courses at the same level within the Australian Qualifications Framework in their lifetime; and

  • Commence a maximum of 2 government-subsidised accredited courses with the title Course in…’ in their life time.


Students who access the Skills First Program to subsidise their training courses must be aware that accessing this program may impact their ability to access further government-funded programs in the future.


Further information is available by downloading the document from Student Eligibility for Skills First Fact Sheet below.

NOTE: The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.



Students who are eligible for government-subsidised tuition who hold, or are listed as dependents on, one of the following current concession cards, will be able to access concessions on the tuition part of their fees. To receive a concession, you must present with a current health care card no later than 4 weeks after your course has commenced Refer to table of fees. These include;

  • Health Care Card issued by the Commonwealth;

  • Pensioner Concession Card; or

  • Veteran’s Gold Card


Please note:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will be granted concession fees in all course categories where applicable.

  • Concessions do not apply if a student’s tuition fees are being paid by a Commonwealth government agency or as part of a Commonwealth program or initiative.


Fee for Service Charges

Fee for Service charges apply when students are not eligible for government-subsidised tuition in accredited courses.

Note: The training provider will not collect more than $1500 in advance tuition fee

Training providers generally offer the following options which may assist students with their tuition fees (please check with the provider offering your course):

  • At the time of admission initial payment of $1500 or less

  • Payment plans:  The training provider will discuss payment plans for students, such as monthly/fortnightly payment plans or other arrangements.   The total course fee must be paid in full before the training course is complete.


Prepaid Fees Prior to Commencement

In the event the training provider is unable to provide services in which a student has prepaid, they will:

Place the student in an equivalent course, or in an alternative location that suits the student, or will discuss alternative arrangements with the student


Refund any prepaid fees for services yet to be delivered


Course Cancellations

Course Cancellations and Transfers must be notified in writing and include the following information:

  1. Identification of student

  2. Effective date of cancellation of the student

  3. The reason for the request for a refund

  4. The student's complete contact information (name, address, phone, e-mail, etc.)


Cancellation notifications received 5 days prior to the commencement date will not incur a cancellation fee. Cancellation notifications received after the required notice period but before the commencement date may incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the course fee. Notifications received after the commencement date may incur a cancellation penalty of up to 100% of the course fee.

The training provider reserves the right to apply an administrative processing fee of $25 for any refund.

Please refer to the Refund Policy of the training provider for more detailed information.


Student Rights

Training providers are obliged to follow Federal and State Consumer Laws. In addition, training providers may have their own code of student rights. Please see the Fees and Cancellation policy for the training provider with which you intend to undertake your course.

Funding for TAE Courses

Skills First Government Funding is not available for TAE courses through Study Path Australia.

However, some Government grants and funds are available for the following:

Covid-19 Relief Funding

  • If you have been economically impacted by Covid-19, you may be able to receive $200 in relief funding.

  • You will need to demonstrate how enrolling in the TAE course will improve your financial prospects and ability to remain employed or obtain new employment opportunities.

  • To book a free consultation and eligibility, please login and go to the TAE course provider page. Your funding could be approved within 48 hours!

Centrelink Fee Help

  • This course is approved for student payments, through Centrelink, for eligible applicants. To find out if you are eligible to receive help with the fees associated with this course, please contact your local Centrelink office or visit Services Australia.

  • Please note that we cannot tell you if you are eligible. You need to discuss this with Centrelink directly.

Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers


  • If you’re aged between 45 and 70, you may be able to enrol in this course for about half price. How? The Australian Government’s Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers Program will provide eligible participants with 50% of the course fees. That’s right: You could get a 50% subsidy!

  • To discuss this and find out if you are eligible, book a free career consultation by logging in and viewing the TAE course page