Participant eligibility for government subsidised training courses​

The government subsidised training an individual can do depends on whether or not they are working and the qualifications they already hold.

Eligibility for subsidised training

An eligible participant is an individual who, at the time of enrolment in government subsidised training meets all of the following eligibility criteria.

The individual either lives or works in South Australia, and is:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • a permanent Australian resident, or
  • the holder of a state sponsored visa on a pathway to permanent residency (Visa types as below)

and is:

  • aged 16 years or over and not enrolled at school, or
  • aged 16 years or over, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS), or
  • undertaking training through a training contract as an apprentice or trainee in identified courses.

Eligible individuals may be able to access:

  • one foundation skills course (if you are assessed to need it)
  • up to five bridging units at every qualification level (if assessed to need them)
  • unlimited priority courses.

Based on the participant's training and employment level they may also have access to:

Highest accredited non-school qualification at first enrolment

Access to

No qualification or unemployed job seeker who is registered with an Employment Service Provider

a total of

  • one Certificate II course

  • two courses from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level

Qualification up to Certificate II level

a total of

  • two courses from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level

Completed a Certificate III or above (including university qualifications)

a total of

  • one course from Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level


Participants can only be enrolled in two subsidised courses at a time. Specific projects and initiatives subsidised through WorkReady may stipulate additional criteria and coniditions which will apply in addition to those outlined above.

Eligible visas

State sponsored visa holders on a pathway to permanent residency include:

  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (provisional) Visa, subclass 475 and subclass 495
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored (provisional) Visa, subclass 487
  • Skilled Nominated (provisional) Visa, subclass 489
  • State/Territory Sponsored Business Owner (provisional) Visa, subclass 163
  • State/Territory Sponsored Senior Executive (provisional) Visa, subclass 164
  • State/Territory Sponsored Investor (provisional) Visa, subclass 165
  • Business Innovation and Investment (provisional) Visa subclass 188

Some other visa types may allow the primary visa holder and/or their dependents to access subsidised training. Call the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266 to check.

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Enrolment conditions

Some subsidised training has enrolment conditions and are only available to particular groups of students or particular Training Providers.

The Funded Training List shows the subsidised training courses and the enrolment conditions which apply.

Training Providers should check the current version of Funded Training List at Subsidised Training List.

Persons under the Guardianship of the Minister

South Australians of any age who have been, or are under the Guardianship of the Minister for Education and Child Development are eligible for an exemption from Student Course Fees for all courses delivered by Training Providers. The normal WorkReady eligibility rules apply.

Training Providers will be paid the subsidy as set out in the Subsidy Calculator for students entitled to a Student Course Fee exemption.

Call the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266 for an application form.

Delivering Foundation Skills Courses

Consent is required from the Minister to enrol students in a full qualification. Read the Guideline for use of and enrolment in Foundation Skills Courses and find out about applying at Apply to vary your Contract.

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