Eligibility explained​

Participant eligibility for government subsidised training courses

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Eligibility for government subsidised training

You may be eligible for a government subsidised training place if you either live or work in South Australia, and you are:

  • 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).

You also need to be one of the following:

  • 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 your training and employment level you may also have access to:

Highest accredited non-school qualification at first enrolment

Access to

No qualification or an 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


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


Some subsidised training courses have conditions and are only available to certain participants. These are described as Conditions.

Conditions are highlighted in the Funded Training List (FTL) / Subsidised Training List (STL), see find a training course.

Conditions explained:  

  • ASBA 
    ​​​You must be enrolled at school and have a School-based Training Contract.
  • TGSS
    You must be a student enrolled in school and undertaking vocational education and training within your South Australian Certificate of Education program as part of the Training Guarantee for SACE Students program.
  • Foundation Skills Guideline Applies
    Foundation Skills Courses are available for eligible students to address any language, literacy and/or numeracy needs as identified in their assessment prior to enrolment in a Course. See the Foundation Skills Guideline to read about the condition.
  • Training Contract Only
    You must be an apprentice or trainee with an approved Training Contract including School-based Training Contracts. 
  • Jobs First STL
    You must be aged 17 years or over and not enrolled in secondary school.

Temporary visa types eligible for government subsidised funding

The following State nominated visa holders on a pathway to permanent residency are eligible:

  • 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

If you are unsure whether your visa category is permanent or temporary you can type your visa subclass number into the site search area of the Immigration website and find out.

The government subsidised training place available to you will depend on what approved Training Providers are offering. You will need to meet the entry requirements of any course.

Search for courses, qualifications and Training Providers at Find a training course.

To find out more about training costs see How much does training cost.

If it looks as if you do not meet the eligibility criteria, or you’d like more information, call the Skills and Employment Infoline on 1800 506 266.

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 courses delivered by Training Providers. The normal government subsidised training eligibility rules apply.

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

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