The Government will make training at TAFE free for 30 priority courses, commencing 1 January 2019.

Eligible students will pay no course tuition fees for the duration of selected courses. Nominated apprenticeship pathway courses in Government priority areas will also be free, to encourage higher participation and opportunities for students to consider undertaking apprenticeships. This initiative will reduce a financial barrier to training, incentivise students to consider careers in priority occupations and respond to industry demand for skilled graduates.

The initial 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 Apprenticeship Pathway courses in 2019 are:

  • Certificate IV/Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Accounting;
  • Certificate IV in Ageing Support;
  • Certificate II/III/IV in Agriculture;
  • Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production).
  • Certificate III/IV in Allied Health Assistance;
  • Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology;
  • Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair Technology;
  • Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology;
  • Certificate II in Automotive Vocational Preparation;
  • Certificate IV/Diploma in Building and Construction (Building);
  • Certificate III in Civil Construction;
  • Certificate III/IV/Diploma in Community Services;
  • Certificate III in Concreting;
  • Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing;
  • Certificate III/IV in Dental Assisting;
  • Certificate IV in Disability;
  • Certificate III/IV in Education Support;
  • Certificate IV in Engineering;
  • Certificate III in Horticulture;
  • Certificate III in Hospitality;
  • Certificate III in Individual Support;
  • Certificate IV in Mental Health;
  • Diploma of Nursing;
  • Certificate IV in Plumbing and Services;
  • Certificate II in Construction Pathways;
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start);
  • Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Pre-vocational);

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  • Certificate II in Engineering Pathways;
  • Certificate II in Engineering Studies;
  • Certificate II in Furniture Making;
  • Certificate II in Glass and Glazing;
  • Certificate II in Horticulture;
  • Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services);
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Pre-apprenticeship);
  • Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General);
  • Certificate II in Retail Baking Assistance;
  • Certificate II in Salon Assistant; and
  • Certificate II in Signage and Graphics.

Following consultation, the Government will make further announcements to confirm the composition of an additional ten priority courses.

This initiative contributes to the Department of Education and Training’s Training, Higher Education and Workforce Development output.

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