Enrolment fees

The enrolment fee consists of the following components:

1.Tuition fee

  • Concessions
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • VET Student Loans/VET FEE-HELP

2. Materials fee (applicable to some courses)
3. Ancillary fee (applicable to some courses) Fees will be calculated at the time of each enrolment. Any additional enrolment may also attract the appropriate tuition fee contribution, materials fee and ancillary fee.

Fees are to be paid in full at the time of enrolment

Some exceptions may apply refer to invoicing and VET Student Loans / VET FEE-HELP information below.

Students who may have difficulty making full payment at the time of enrolment should discuss their concerns with the relevant teacher or Program Coordinator. Students who meet the relevant criteria may be eligible to apply for a VET Payment Plan.

1. Tuition fee

The tuition fee applies to all enrolments and is calculated by multiplying the total enrolled hours by the hourly rate for the relevant course.

For further information please view the 2017 TAFE Indicative Fees (pdf,592kb). These fees include both government-subsidised (eligible) and full-fee (ineligible) course fees.


The tuition fee is calculated on the students concession eligibility at the time of each enrolment. Concession rates only apply to government-subsidised students.

Concession rates are calculated at 20% of the hourly fee that a non-concession student would be charged for the same course.

A concession is available for any student who is enrolling in a Certificate I to IV and holds:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card
  • Is a dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders AND is listed on the card
  • Veterans Gold Card (not their dependents)

The concession does not apply if the students fees are:

  • Being fully paid by a Commonwealth government agency
  • Part of a Commonwealth program or initiative

A current Health Care Card or letter of eligibility for a Health Care Card from Centrelink must be provided at the time of enrolment to receive the concession.

Note: Concessions will not apply for diploma, advanced diploma, vocational graduate certificate and vocational graduate diploma.

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Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Indigenous students will pay 20% of the hourly fee that a non-concession student would be charged for the same course.

VET Student Loans

On 1 January 2017, the new VET Student Loans program was implemented.

This is a new student loans program that replaces the current VET FEE-HELP scheme, to give eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.

Student eligibility

There are specific criteria students must meet to be eligible for a loan through VET Student Loans.

Students must have been assessed as academically suited to undertake the eligible course and their FEE-HELP balance must be greater than zero. Furthermore, a student must be:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or
  • be a qualifying New Zealand citizen.

Loan caps

  • Eligible students will be entitled for loans up to a capped amount.
  • Providers may charge above the cap for a course, and if so, students will be expected to pay the difference. Payments will be required according to the provider’s billing period.

Eligible courses

  • Certain Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas are eligible for VET Student Loans that are linked to industry needs and employment outcomes.
  • If you wish to access a loan to study a higher level VET course you will need to select one of these eligible courses.
  • A list of eligible courses can be found at www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans.
  • Eligible courses, and the providers approved to deliver them, will also be available on www.myskills.gov.au -  Australia’s directory of training.

VET FEE-HELP opt-in  2017

On 1 January 2017, the VET Student Loans program began, replacing the current VET FEE‑HELP scheme. This is a new vocational education and training student loans program, provided to give eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly to those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.

To minimise disruption to existing students, a phased approach is being taken to transition from VET FEE-HELP to the new VET Student Loans program. Students wishing to continue their studies under the existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements will need to opt-in.

All current VET FEE-HELP students will be contacted by the Department of Education and Training (the department) where records indicate the student has not completed their course. Contact will be made via postal or electronic mail, with students who have an email address being contacted first.

For students that do not have an email on our records, the department will be sending you a letter in the postal mail. Due to the volume of students being contacted by the department, letters will be sent progressively commencing from December 2016.

Existing students who:

  • enrolled in VET courses prior to 1 January 2017,
  • have already received VET FEE-HELP assistance for units of those courses, and
  • remain enrolled in those courses with their original provider

will be given the opportunity to continue their studies under the existing VET FEE-HELP arrangements for units with census dates* to 31 December 2017. In certain circumstances some students may be eligible to extend their VET FEE-HELP assistance beyond 1 January 2018. Such circumstances may include, for example, illness or caring responsibilities, or part-time students. Students will need to apply to continue using VET FEE-HELP for their existing course beyond 2017 and applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students will need to opt-in, letting the department know they wish to continue under the current arrangements.

Students must opt-in before returning to study - that is before attending any classes or logging in to continue a course - and no later than 31 March 2017.

Students will be sent an email or letter from the department for each course, if they have accessed a VET FEE-HELP loan for studies since the commencement of the program in 2009 and records indicate the student has not completed their course. The letter will contain the information required for the student to opt-in for each course:

  1. Go to the VET FEE-HELP opt-in portal
  2. Sign in using the passkey number provided from your email/letter and your Date of Birth
  3. Check the prefilled details and complete the form
  4. Press the submit button
  5. A confirmation email will be sent to you which will confirm the opt-in process has been accepted
  6. Take this confirmation email to your provider so that you can continue to receive VET FEE‑HELP

If you are a VET FEE-HELP student enrolled with your original provider in a VET course which commenced before 1 January 2017 and you have a census date for units of study in that course falling to 31 December 2017, you should receive an email/letter containing your passkey. If you do not, please fill in the enquiry form on www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans/vet-fee-help-opt-in and select “Requesting passkey” in the “What is your question regarding?” field.

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2. Materials fee

A materials fee is payable for some courses. This fee covers the cost of items such as tools, class materials, computer disks, uniforms and books purchased by the University and provided to the student. Students should contact the relevant school for details of the materials fee payable for their course.

3. Ancillary fee

Ancillaries such as excursion costs may be payable for some courses. Students should contact the relevant school for further details. Most courses require text books to be purchased. This cost is in addition to enrolment fees. Please contact your School for further details.