Skill up, change up with Fee-Free TAFE

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This story was first published on Tuesday 10 October 2023. If you wish to use this content, please contact media@dewr.gov.au to confirm that the information is still current.

The Australian Government has launched the Fee-Free TAFE campaign to raise awareness of the fee-free courses being rolled out across the nation, in partnership with states and territories, thanks to a $414 million investment by the Commonwealth.

Following the availability of Fee-Free TAFE places in 2023, a further 300,000 places will be delivered by states and territories over the calendar years 2024 to 2026.

Fee-Free TAFE prioritises training for students that traditionally face barriers to work and study including:

  • First Nations Australians 
  • People who are out of work or receiving income support payments  
  • Unpaid carers
  • Women facing economic insecurity 
  • Women undertaking study in non-traditional fields
  • People with disability 
  • Young people (17-24) 
  • Certain categories of visa holders.

Those leaving school, looking for work, or wanting to upskill and change careers, may be eligible with a range of study options on offer.

Through Fee-Free TAFE, people can study a diploma, certificate, or short course. 

With courses available in IT and digital, agriculture, hospitality and tourism, aged and disability care, childcare, construction, the VET workforce and defence or manufacturing, Fee-Free TAFE covers a wide range of in-demand industries that enables people to secure a well-paid job. 

These courses are being rolled out fee-free on a state-by-state basis to tackle a national skills shortage. 

More information about courses available in each state and territory can be found on yourcareer.gov.au/fee-free-tafe

Correct at time of publication.