Study for Free in 2023

Free TAFE for Priority Courses

Are you looking to make a change in 2023? Now it’s even easier with Federation TAFE.

At Federation TAFE, we have a 153-year history of partnering with the community and industry to ensure we’re training graduates for the jobs of the future in booming regional areas.

With access to industry-experienced, passionate teachers and hands-on, work-integrated learning across a wide range of courses, Federation TAFE will set you up for success in your chosen field. With changes to the Victorian Government’s Free TAFE initiative coming into effect in 2023, there is even more opportunity for student to take advantage of Federation TAFE programs at no cost.

No matter if you are looking to start your career, upskill in your chosen field or switch industries all together, Federation TAFE will get you to where you want to be.



Free TAFE Eligibility

From 2023, the Victorian Government has expanded Free TAFE initiative to allow more students than ever before to access free training.

If you are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen you may be eligible to have your tuition fees covered by the Victorian Government’s Free TAFE initiative.

Changes to eligibility include:

  • Removal of the upskilling rule, which means prospective students can enrol in a Free TAFE course no matter what previous TAFE or university qualifications they already hold.
  • You may study more than one Free TAFE course within specific training pathways including nursing, early childhood, community services and building and construction.

If you are successful and obtain a place in one of our fee-free courses, the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will cover your tuition fees for your chosen course. However, you may have to pay other fees such as materials fees and you'll need to cover these costs yourself.

Federation TAFE will confirm your eligibility and funding upon application and enrolment in your chosen course.


Free TAFE Pathway Courses

As of 23 December 2022, the Victorian Government’s Department of Education and Training have removed the once-in-a-lifetime limit on Free TAFE courses and provided specific training pathways for in-demand industries.

If you have already completed a qualification within one of these specified pathways (whether through Free TAFE or not) you can complete additional courses in the same occupational pathway through the Free TAFE program.

For example, in caring occupations if you have completed a Certificate III in Individual Support you can enrol in the Certificate IV in Disability or the Diploma of Nursing and access free training, funded by the Free TAFE initiative.

To find out more about any of these courses, please click the course link to be taken to the relevant in-depth course page where you can submit your application of make a course specific enquiry.


Individual Free TAFE Courses

In addition to specified occupational pathways, the Free TAFE initiative provides access to the following individual courses for eligible students:

To find out more about any of these courses, please click the course link to be taken to the relevant in-depth course page where you can submit your application of make a course specific enquiry.


Study a Certificate IV in Cyber Security for Free

“I went into this course because I wanted to change up my career entirely, and cyber security was my next big passion.

The need and the importance of website security is bigger than ever has been in the past, and so far I’ve learnt lots of new skills which will hopefully allow me to find work and stay in the region.”

– Ryan Pratt, Certificate IV in Cyber Security

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If you would like to talk to our helpful staff about studying a fee-free course at Federation TAFE, please contact us on 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864)..

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