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Eligibility explained​

Eligibility for government funded training courses with Skills for All.

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Eligibility for Skills for All

From 4 November 2013, you are eligible for a government funded training place if you either live or work in South Australia, and you are:

  • 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).

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.

All eligible individuals will be entitled to:

  • two funded courses selected from Certificate III level and above
  • unlimited priority courses.

If you have not completed secondary school or any other qualification or you are actively looking for work and registered with Centrelink, you will also be entitled to two funded courses at Certificate I and II level.

If you have a Certificate III or above you will be entitled to one skill set per year.

You can only be enrolled in two courses at a time.

Enrolment conditions

Some Skills for All courses have enrolment conditions and are only available to particular groups of students. 

These courses are shown when you search for courses, qualifications and training providers using Find a training course.

The groups who may be eligible to access courses with particular enrolment conditions are:

  1. Students on a Training Contract
    You must be an apprentice or trainee with an approved Training Contract.  
  2. Students on a School-based Training Contract
    You must be an apprentice or trainee enrolled at school and have a Training Contract as part of your approved school program.
  3. Training Guarantee for SACE Students
    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

Current Skills for All student

If you enrolled in courses under Skills for All prior to 4 November 2013, you will continue to be eligible for funded training in those courses.

Course completed on or after 4 November 2013 will count toward your entitlement to receive funded training when you seek to enrol in further courses.

Employment status

The government funded training available to you will depend on your employment status. 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)

Temporary Visa types eligible for Skills for All 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 funded training place available to you will depend on what approved Skills for All 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 our Infoline.

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

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

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