Learn how to check your eligibility for a government subsidised place in a vocational education program.
Important: for this intake only, the Victorian Government is waiving two of the eligibility criteria - please read the standard eligibility criteria section below for details.
The easiest way to check your eligibility is to use our eligibility calculator.
Alternatively, you can refer to the eligibility criteria stated below.
When checking your eligibility, please note:
- The eligibility calculator specifies your eligibility subject to you meeting the education history criteria (see below).
- As well as the standard eligibility criteria, see below for additional criteria for apprentices and Foundation Skills students, and the criteria specified by the Victorian State Government.
- Trainees are required to meet the standard eligibility criteria.
- If you are offered a government subsidised place you must provide proof of eligibility before you enrol.
Standard eligibility criteria for a government subsidised place
Location and citizenship
To be eligible you must have a physical presence in Victoria and you must meet also be either:
- an Australian citizen, or
- an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa), or
- the holder of a Special Category Visa (sub-class 444, New Zealand citizen).
Age and prior education
- Applicants aged 20 years and over as at 1 January in the year of commencement – Government subsidised places may be available for successful applicants applying for a qualification higher than the qualification they currently hold, and where the program is offering government subsidised places. Higher qualifications obtained overseas that have not been formally assessed for Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalency will be excluded from consideration when assessing an individual’s prior highest completed qualification -- this requirement is being waived for all vocational education programs commencing in Semester 2 2016.
- Applicants aged less than 20 years as at 1 January in the year of commencement – Government subsidised places will be available for all successful applicants satisfying the above citizenship criteria and where the program is offering government subsidised places.
- From 1 July 2012 applicants of any age whose existing highest qualification is a VCE, VCAL, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or a senior secondary school certificate from other Australian jurisdictions, are eligible for a government-subsidised training place in a qualification at Certificate II or above where the program is offering government subsidised places.
To be eligible you:
- must not have commenced or be scheduled to commence more than two programs the calendar year in which you have been allocated a government subsidised place, and
- must not be currently enrolled in two or more programs at the same time where you have already been allocated government subsidised places
- must not have commenced in your lifetime two or more qualifications in which you have been allocated a government subsidised place at the same AQF level of the program you are applying for -- note: this requirement is being waived for all vocational education programs commencing in Semester 2 2016 -- and
- must not be currently enrolled in secondary school. This includes students enrolled in any government, non-government, independent, catholic or home school. School based apprentices and trainees are exempt from this requirement.
Criteria for apprentices
An apprentice is defined as a person who has entered into a registered training contract seeking to undertake a qualification defined as an apprenticeship in a relevant Victorian Approved Training Scheme.
An apprentice does not include a person who:
- has entered into a training contract registered interstate
- is undertaking a pre-apprenticeship, or
- is a party to a registered training contract in a qualification defined as a traineeship in a relevant Victorian Approved Training Scheme.
If you are an apprentice you only need to provide proof that you meet the citizenship criteria and the education history criteria in order to be eligible for a government subsidised place. Also refer to the note below.
Note: If you are commencing an apprenticeship and have already commenced or are scheduled to commence in two vocational education programs in a government subsidised place, you will still be eligible for a government subsidised place if one of those two vocational education programs is included on the Victorian Government's list of approved Pre-apprenticeship programs (PDF 22kb 1p) and Pathway Qualifications.
Criteria for Foundation Skills students
If you are undertaking an approved Foundation Skills program (PDF 24kb 1p) then to be eligible for a government subsidised place you must:
- provide proof that you meet the citizenship criteria, and
- meet the education history criteria.
You are not eligible for a government subsidised place in a Foundation Skills program if you:
- hold in Diploma level or higher qualification issued by an Australian higher education provider, or
- are enrolled in a school (including any government, non-government, independent, Catholic or home school), or
- are enrolled in the Commonwealth Government’s Skills for Education and Employment program.