The VET Student Loans (VSL) program assists eligible students pay tuition fees for approved higher-level (diploma and above) vocational education and training (VET) courses, when studying at VET Student Loans approved course providers. The program is designed to provide financial support to students undertaking higher level training in courses that address workplace and industry needs, creating better opportunities for employment.
Check your eligibility and find out how to apply for a VET Student Loan. You can also find information on approved courses and providers.
If you meet course provider requirements, you may apply to be approved as a VET Student Loans provider. Resources and guides are available to assist approved providers with payment, reporting and compliance requirements.
The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (department) has a strong commitment to ensuring that approved VSL providers comply with their legal obligations. The department undertakes a range of compliance activities including audits, investigations and student surveys to identify potential non-compliance by providers.
VET Student Loans program improvement
Improvements to streamline and optimise delivery of the VET Student Loans program are currently being made. These improvements will assist more students and providers to access and deliver training in areas of national skills needs.
VET Student Loans latest news
Annual update to the VSL course list and loan caps
The list of courses approved for VET Student Loans (VSL) has been updated with effect from 1 January 2023.
Tuition Protection Review
The Tuition Protection Review Final Report was tabled in Parliament on 7 April 2022. The Review considered current tuition protection arrangements, and explored the suitability and feasibility of expanding the Tuition Protection Service to the up-front payments VET sector, in line with the Review Terms of Reference.
VET Student Loans Approvals
From 1 March 2022 onwards, the department will accept applications from providers to become an approved VET Student Loans provider.
Please email VSLProgramIntegrity@dewr.gov.au at least 6 weeks before the date you expect to submit your application. You can amend this date at any time by notifying the department.
VSL Provider Newsletter
VSL Provider Newsletter
The latest edition of the VSL Provider Newsletter contains program updates and reminders relevant to the administration of the program.
Subscribe to receive the VSL Provider Newsletter, invitations to the VSL Forum and important alerts about the VSL program.
VET Student Loans Hot Topics
The VET Student Loans Hot Topics page will be updated regularly with recent changes and issues affecting VSL providers. The current hot topic is a step-by-step guide to help you navigate the VSL processes for superseded courses.
VET Student Loans key dates
1 March 2022 onwards – Submit applications to become approved VSL provider.
Approved VET Student Loans Providers
The list of approved VET Student Loans providers was updated on 8 March 2023.