Check your eligibility for a government subsidised place in a vocational education program.
Important: The Victorian Government is currently waiving two of the eligibility criteria - please read the eligibility criteria section below for details.
Check your eligibility with the Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator. Alternatively, you can refer to the eligibility criteria stated below.
When checking your eligibility, please note:
- the Victorian Skills Gateway Eligibility Indicator will provide you with an indication of your eligibility only. If you are offered a government subsidised place at RMIT, a full assessment of your eligibility will be completed when you submit your online Evidence of student eligibility declaration
- additional criteria may apply for apprentices and Foundation Skills students, and is specified below
- 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.
Eligibility criteria for a government subsidised place
To be eligible for a government subsidised place, you must meet the Victorian State Government eligibility criteria, which includes location, citizenship, age and education history, as outlined below. The program you have applied for must also be offering government subsidised places.
Location and citizenship
You must be physically present in Victoria for all of your studies. This includes attending training/classes that are delivered face-to-face on campus, and also being physically present in Victoria when accessing and studying course materials delivered by distance or online.
You must also be either:
- an Australian citizen, or
- an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa), or
- the holder of a Permanent Humanitarian visa (PHV), or
- a New Zealand citizen
You will be required to provide evidence of your citizenship or residency status before you can enrol, so make sure you can obtain original documents (or certified copies) that prove your citizenship or residency status.
Age and prior education
If you are 20 years of age or over as at 1 January in the year you start your program, you may be eligible if you are applying for a qualification higher than the qualification you have already completed, and you meet the other eligibility criteria. [This requirement is currently being waived for all vocational education programs.]
Higher qualifications obtained overseas that have not been formally assessed for Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalency will not be included in this criteria.
- Applicants of any age whose existing highest qualification is a VCE, VCAL, International Baccalaureate Diploma, or an Australian senior secondary school certificate, may be eligible for a government subsidised place in a Certificate II level program or above.
To be eligible you:
- must not have started, or be due to start, more than two programs in a government subsidised place in the same calendar year, and
- must not be currently enrolled in two or more programs in government subsidised places at the same time, and
- must not have, in your lifetime, started two or more programs in a government subsidised place at the same AQF level (e.g. Advanced Diploma) as the program you are applying for [This requirement is currently being waived for all vocational education programs] , 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 criteria.
Criteria for apprentices
An apprentice is defined as a person who has entered into a registered training contract to study 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
- has 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 location, citizenship, and 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 started or are scheduled to start qualifications on the Victorian Government's list of Approved Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway Qualifications, you may still be eligible to enrol in two other vocational education programs in a government subsidised place.
Criteria for Foundation Skills students
To be eligible for a government subsidised place in an approved Foundation Skills program (PDF), you must:
- provide proof that you meet the location and 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 provider, or
- are enrolled in the Commonwealth Government’s Skills for Education and Employment program.