Student and Participant eligibility for subsidised training​

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 student 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
  • 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 and enrolled in school and undertaking substantive vocational education and training (VET) within the South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) as part of the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS) provided that the vocational education and training is part of a Course that is endorsed as available for TGSS enrolment, or
  • enrolled in school, whether aged 16 years or not, and entered into a training contract (as that term is defined in the Training and Skills Development Act 2008 (SA)) to the extent that the Course is part of the training contract, or
  • not enrolled in school, whether aged 16 years or not, and entered into a training contract (as that term is defined in the Training and Skills Development Act 2008 (SA)) to the extent that the Course is part of the training contract.

They will be entitled to two subsidised courses at Certificate III level and above as well as unlimited priority Courses.

If they have not completed secondary education or any other qualification or are registered with Centrelink and actively looking for work, they will also have access to two additional courses at Certificate I and II level as well as unlimited priority courses.

All eligible students enrolled in a Skills for All funded course will be able to complete their training with no change to the subsidy paid. 

Employment status

The government subsidised training available to an individual will depend on their employment status and their highest level of qualification. Individuals who are actively seeking work and registered with Centrelink for the purposes of receiving the following benefits will be considered ‘unemployed’:

  • Newstart Allowance
  • Youth Allowance
  • Age Pension
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment (single) or
  • Parenting Payment (double).

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 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 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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