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The number of funded Skills for All courses an individual can do at each level depends on whether or not they are working and the qualifications they already hold and whether they enrolled before the 4 November 2013.

Eligibility for Skills for All from 4 November 2013

An eligible student is an individual who, at the time of enrolment in Skills for All funded 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, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS); or
  • undertaking training through a contract as an apprentice or trainee.

They will be entitled to two funded courses at Certificate III level and above as well as unlimited fee-free 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 fee-free priority courses.

All eligible students who hold a Certificate III or above will be entitled to one skill set per year.

All eligible students enrolled prior to 4 November 2013 in a Skills for All funded course or courses will continue to be eligible for funded training in those courses. Courses completed on or after 4 November will count towards a student's entitlement to receive funded training when they seek to enrol in further courses.

Check Get the skills employers need to determine a student’s eligibility for a Skills for All funded training place.

Employment status

The government funded 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 partnered).

Eligible Visas

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

  • Skilled – Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 489)
  • Skilled – Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 475)
  • Skilled - Regional Sponsored Visa (subclass 487)
  • Skilled Independent - Regional (Provisional) Visa (subclass 495)
  • Business Owner (Provisional) Visa (subclass 160)
  • Senior Executive (Provisional) Visa (subclass 161)
  • Investor (Provisional) Visa (subclass 162)
  • 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 Skills for All funded training. Call the Infoline on 1800 506 266 to check.

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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 Skills for All Training Providers. The normal Skills for All eligibility rules apply.

Skills for All 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.

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