Victoria – Skills First Funding

Skills First is a reform of the Victoria State Government with the purpose of ensuring that Victoria’s training system delivers high quality training that leads learners to real jobs.

The Victoria State Government, Department of Education and Training is responsible for Skills First and leads policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on VET and employment in Victoria. For more information visit their website; https://www.education.vic.gov.au

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding.

Essential Skills Training and Recruitment is an approved training provider on a restricted contract.

To be eligible for Skills Victoria funding you must be;

  • A Victorian Employee of a National Enterprise with which ESTR has a legally binding agreement, and be enrolling in training arranged by that National Enterprise;
  • Be physically present in the state of Victoria at all times whilst undertaking training and assessment;
    • Either:
      • an Australian citizen;
      • a holder of a permanent visa; or
      • a New Zealand citizen; and
  • Either:
    • Under 20 years of age as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training and enrolling in nationally recognised training; or
    • Over 20 years of age as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training and enrolling in;
      • A program that is at a higher AQF level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled commencement of training;
      • A program on the Foundation Skills List (unless you already hold a qualification issued by an Australian VET or Higher Education provider at a Diploma level or higher)
      • Training as an Apprentice (not Trainee) under an Approved Training Scheme;
      • A Skill Set.
  • In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements listed above you can only commence a maximum of two (2);
    • Skills First subsidised Skill Sets in a calendar year;
    • Skills First subsidised programs that are AQF Qualifications in a calendar year;
    • Skills First subsidised programs at any one time;
    • Government subsidised programs at the same AQF level in your lifetime.

 

 

Fees

Qualification Victoria Skills First

Government Subsidised

Fee for Service
  Fee Category Tuition Fee Resource Fee Total Course Fee

(Tuition + Resource)

 
BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management Skills First

Full Fee

$450 $300 $750 $5,000
Skills First Concession $90 $300 $390
BSB51918 Diploma of Leadership and Management Skills First

Full Fee

$550 $300 $850 $6,000
Skills First Concession $110

**ATSI Only

$300 $410
CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services Skills First

Full Fee

$400 $300 $700 $4,000
Skills First Concession $80 $300 $380
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support Skills First

Full Fee

$400 $300 $700 $4,000
Skills First Concession $80 $300 $380
CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services Skills First

Full Fee

$400 $300 $700 $5,000
Skills First Concession $80 $300 $380
CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support Skills First

Full Fee

$450 $300 $750 $5,000
Skills First Concession $90 $300 $390
CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability Skills First

Full Fee

$450 $300 $750 $5,000
Skills First Concession $90 $300 $390
CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services Skills First

Full Fee

$550 $300 $850 $7,000
Skills First Concession $110

**ATSI Only

$300 $410
HLT33215 Certificate III in Health Support Services Skills First

Full Fee

$400 $300 $700 $5,000
Skills First Concession $80 $300 $380

 

**The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.**

If you meet the eligibility criteria for the Victorian Government subsidised course, you may be entitled to a concession on your tuition fee. Concession fees are available to students who;

  • Self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;
  • Are studying qualifications up to and including Certificate IV and prior to the commencement of training:
  • Hold a valid;
  • Health Care Card issued by the Commonwealth;
  • Pensioner Concession Card; or
  • Veteran’s Gold Card; or
  • An alternative card or concession eligibility criterion approved by the Minister;
  • A dependant spouse or dependant child of one of the above card holders;
  • Asylum Seeker or trafficked person.

Any applications for fee concessions must be accompanied with documentation that supports your eligibility for such concessions.

The impact of Skills First Government subsidised training

Where you access Skills First funding, it may have an impact on your entitlement or eligibility for any future program support. The impact is;

  • If the course is a Certificate III or higher qualification, you will no longer be eligible for a subsidised training place once you have completed the qualification, or you may pay a higher fee for any future courses.
  • You may however access subsidies for subsequent apprenticeships, traineeships or a higher-level qualification program.