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Free TAFE for more Victorians

To help you get the skills for the job you want, we’ve made Free TAFE available to more Victorians.

Even if you already have a VET qualification or a university degree, you can now access Free TAFE.

Now, you can also do more than one Free TAFE course within the same occupational pathway. This means you can do a Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma within the same pathway without paying tuition fees. For more information about pathways, go to ‘Free TAFE priority pathways’ below.

With more than 70 courses to choose from and even greater access, there is no better time than now to kick-start your new career or to upskill. Check out the Free TAFE courses on this page and find a course that is right for you.

New Free TAFE courses in 2023

The following courses have been included as part of the 2023 Free TAFE course list and are now available. The Victorian Skills GatewayExternal Link lists courses that currently receive government funding.

  • Diploma of Auslan
  • Diploma of Interpreting (Auslan)
  • Advanced Diploma of Interpreting (Auslan)
  • Certificate III in Production Horticulture
  • Diploma of Emergency Health Care
  • Graduate Certificate in Client Assessment and Case Management

The following Free TAFE short courses are also available:

  • Agricultural Chemical Skill Set
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set
  • Battery Electric Vehicle Diagnose and Repair Skill Set
  • Battery Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set
  • Mental Health Co-existing Needs Skill Set
  • Mental Health Peer Work Skill Set

A list of Free TAFE pathway courses can be found under the ‘Free TAFE priority pathways’ menu below.

Find out if you're eligible

  • Residential status: Any Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or New Zealand citizen living in Victoria can now enrol in a Free TAFE course or government-subsidised training regardless of their prior skills and qualifications.

    Previous qualification: You can do your first Free TAFE course no matter what qualifications you already hold. This applies to all qualifications - whether they be through TAFE or university. This is because the 'upskilling rule' has been removed.

    For example, if you did a Bachelor of Arts and you want to change career you can go back and study a Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance or a Diploma of Community Services as your first Free TAFE course.

    Multiple Free TAFE courses: You can do multiple Free TAFE courses in the same occupational pathway listed under 'Free TAFE priority pathways' below.

    This is because the 'once-in-a-lifetime limit' for Free TAFE has now been removed for priority pathways.

    For example, in caring occupations if you have completed a Certificate III in Individual Support you can enrol in the Certificate IV in Disability or even the Diploma of Nursing and still access tuition fee-free training.

    Students whose only Free TAFE fee waiver was under JobTrainer can also do another Free TAFE course, either in a pathway or non-pathway program.

    A list of ‘Free TAFE priority pathways’ is provided below.

    For more information, contact the TAFE and Training Line (see Advice on Training and Skills on the left-hand side for contact details).

    Please note, Free TAFE priority pathways do not include apprenticeship pathway courses.

Available courses


Reviewed 14 August 2023

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