Training costs include course fees, books, equipment and materials, and personal costs such as transport.
From 2 July 2012, many Skills for All courses will be fee free. If you’re eligible for a Skills for All training place, you will pay no course fees at a Skills for All Training Provider for:
- nationally recognised certificate I and II level courses
- accredited courses to improve reading, writing, numbers and computer skills
- courses determined to be priorities for the State.
Fee free courses available through Skills for All are all shown by ticking the fee free box on Search for a course. A complete list can be found on the Funded Training List.
The Skills for All Training Providers approved to offer these courses can be found by using Search for a training provider
and ticking Skills for All Training Providers only
Skills for All Training Providers may charge course fees for certificate III, IV, diploma and advanced diploma courses and Skill Sets.
The Student Course Fee covers charges to the student for the delivery of all essential components of the Course, including items that are consumed as part of the teaching and assessment.
The Government has set a maximum Student Course Fee which a Training Provider may charge at $7,000. The maximum Student Course Fee is for the whole course which may extend over more than twelve months. All Skill Sets are exempt from the maximum Student Course Fee.
There are some qualifications where a Skills for All Training Provider may charge more than $7,000 for the full qualification. See the Funded Training List.
You will need to check course fees directly with your Skills for All Training Provider.
Skills for All Training Providers must tell students about all fees and publish their fee policies.
In some courses, there will be incidental charges for optional items like textbooks and uniforms and anything which becomes the property of the student. The student generally pays for these things.
Incidental charges can only cover:
- optional items that are not essential to complete the Course
- alternative access to an essential item for the Course eg a charge to purchase learning resources to take home that a Training Provider may normally provide to the Student through the Provider’s Library or for use only in the classroom or workshop
- items that become the property of the student where there are other suppliers eg retail outlets, borrowing the text from the library, purchasing second hand, using items they already own
- food, transport and accommodation costs associated with field trips that form part of the Course.
Your Training Provider must publish their course fees and incidental expenses before you enrol and advise you about the availability of fee concessions and fee exemptions.
Travel, child care and other costs are also paid for by the student.
Help with costs of training – concessions, student loans and allowances
If you're eligible, concessions, allowances and student loans can help.
See Concessions, student loans and allowances
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