Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for a government subsidised place students must meet certain eligibility. Any student who does not meet the eligibility criteria will be charged the full fee tuition rate (Eligibility exemptions may be applicable).

To meet the citizenship/residency eligibility requirements, a student must be:

  • An Australian citizen; or
  • A holder of a permanent visa; or
  • A New Zealand citizen


  • Be under 20 years old on 1January in the year training commences; or
  • Be over 20 years old as at 1January in the year of training commencement and seeking to enrol into a foundation course on the National Skills list course (This excludes applicants who hold a qualification at a diploma level or higher and applicants already enrolled in the Commonwealth Government's 'Skills for Education and Employment Program'); or
  • Over 20 and seeking to enrol into an apprenticeship (not a traineeship); or
  • Over 20 and seeking to enrol in the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate or Senior); or
  • Over 20 and enrolling into a qualification at a higher level than any previously completed (Eligibility exemptions may be applicable).


  • Not be currently enrolled in or due to commence two or more courses as a government subsidised student within the current year; and
  • Have not previously accessed government funding in two or more courses at the same level as the course you are applying to commence (Eligibility exemptions may be applicable).

All new enrolments must provide the following original documents or certified copies to determine eligibility into a government subsidised training place.

To confirm citizenship/residency you must provide ONE of the following original documents or certified copies: 

  • Australian birth certificate (not birth extract); or
  • Current Australian passport; or
  • Current New Zealand passport; or
  • Naturalisation certificate; or
  • Current green Medicare card; or
  • Formal documentation issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirming permanent residence; or
  • A proxy declaration for individuals in exceptional circumstances;
  • an Australian citizenship by descent extract

note: The university is required to maintain a copy of this evidence on our files for audit purposes.

And if the student's age is relevant to their eligibility (under 20 years old at 1 January in the year of course commencement) and the document produced from the list above does not include a date of birth:

  • Australian birth certificate; or
  • Current drivers license; or
  • Current learners permit; or
  • Proof of age card; or
  • 'Keypass' card

Documents other than those listed will not be accepted as evidence.