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Eligibility for government subsidised training

If you want to study a course that will give you skills employers need, the South Australian Government pays part of your course fees for you. The money goes straight to your training provider, so you can focus on your training.

Your eligibility for government subsidised training may be based on your employment status and any training you’ve already completed.

Eligibility criteria

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

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent Australian resident, or
  • an eligible visa holder (See eligible visas below)

and are:

  • 16 years or over and not enrolled at school
  • 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.

Eligible people may access:

  • one foundation skills course (if 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 access the following:

Highest accredited non-school qualification at first enrolment

Accessible courses

No qualification or an unemployed job seeker who is registered with an Employment Service Provider

  • one certificate II course
  • two courses from certificate III to advanced diploma level

Qualification up to certificate II level

  • two courses from certificate III to advanced diploma level

Completed a certificate III or above (including university qualifications)

  • one course from certificate III to advanced diploma level


You can enrol in a maximum of two subsidised courses at a time.

The fine print

Check your eligibility

Now that you've read the fine print, use the eligibility checker to see whether you're likely to be eligible for subsidised training. Remember, the checker is just an indicator - your training provider will be able to let you know for sure.

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