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Free in ’23: Government Funded Courses in Western Australia
Get job-ready with free courses and training!
More than $112 million has been invested into the new Western Australian government funding scheme Free in ’23. As a result, there are over 100 free courses offered including all Job Ready skill sets and some qualifications. This scheme is set to stimulate Western Australia’s skilled workforce, back local businesses, and provide more employment for all Western Australian residents.
Investing in your education is the best way to learn new skills, boost your career opportunities and unlock your full potential — so with Free in ’23 taking care of the financial investment — nothing stands in your way. Find out everything about Free in ‘23 including the courses available, top education providers to choose from, and eligibility criteria.
What Can I Study with Free in '23?
There are a wide-range of government-funded courses under the Free in ‘23 scheme across a variety of industries, including:
Building and construction
Business and finance
Education and community services
Engineering and mining
Health, beauty and fitness
Hospitality, retail, tourism and events
Popular Government Funded Courses
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing or Disability)
If you have a genuine desire to help people in need, then consider studying the Certificate III in Individual Support. This is a nationally recognised qualification that makes a real difference in people’s lives and gives them a sense of independence. People who work in individual support have deep empathy for others, strong communication skills and promote safe work practices, which are skills you’ll build on in this course.
After completing this course, you’ll know how to provide person-centred support, assist with daily living tasks, and recognise and monitor the health status of your clients. You’ll study for 6-12 months and gain experience through work placement to build the expertise and the confidence needed when providing individual support in a real-life setting.
Gain employment in a variety of roles, including:
Home care worker
Community care worker
Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
There are a few reasons why allied health professionals are constantly in high demand.
Australia has an ageing population and therefore the need for more health and support services is ever-increasing. In recent years, there’s also been a growing awareness of mental health and the importance of emotional well-being, therefore this has increased the need for counsellors and psychologists.
If you’re interested in an allied health career, the nationally recognised Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance is a great way to get your foot in the door. This course teaches you how to tackle the challenges and pressures that come with allied health. You’ll also learn key theoretical knowledge across areas like medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, and infection control.
As a result, this qualification opens up opportunities in a variety of different roles, including:
Allied health assistant
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
If you love working with children and you’re passionate about helping them succeed in their education, this course is perfect for you. The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is a nationally recognised qualification that generally takes between 12 and 18 months to finish on a part-time or full-time basis.
In this course, learn a variety of subjects including child development, health and safety, communication, and play-based learning. Also develop your practical skills on how to create safe and healthy environments for children and foster important social, emotional, and cognitive skills.
This course opens up a wide-range of career opportunities in childcare centres, kindergartens, and family day care services, with roles like:
Who is eligible for these government funded courses?
If you currently live in Western Australia, you may be eligible to study for at no cost under the Free in ‘23 Scheme. Starting from 1st January 2023, the eligibility criteria for free training requires you to (1) have left school, (2) reside primarily in Western Australia, and are either:
- An Australian citizen
- A permanent visa holder or holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 449, 785, 786, 790, or 820
- A dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457 or 482
- A bridging visa holder who has made a valid application for a visa subclass 866
- A bridging visa E holder (subclasses 050 and 051) who has made a valid application for a visa subclass 785 or 790
Year 12 school students who are leaving school in 2023 can access a subsidised training place from 23 October 2023.
So if you’ve been thinking about studying for a while but course fees have been holding you back, why not take advantage of these government funded courses? Don’t let this opportunity slip by — start studying with Free in ‘23 and begin the journey to a rewarding career you’re passionate about.
More information about Free in ’23 here.
Please note that these courses are in high-demand. If you jump on a course and find it’s not currently taking enquiries, make sure to check back on the 1st of the month as they’ll be back live and ready for enrolments!
Foundation Education delivers flexible online training solutions designed to fit our students’ lifestyles. We provide excellence in Vocational Education and Training and have an established partnership network that drives the quality of graduates across each industry. Our mission is to create inspired, work-ready professionals through quality, flexible, and supported education. We believe in integrity, quality, professionalism, empowerment, and innovation in everything we do. Foundation Education is proud to offer a wide range of nationally recognised certificate and diploma-level courses, each developed in close consultation with industry employers.
Certificate III in Community Services (Sunshine Coast Only) CHC32015
Prepare yourself to work in a range of community service areas such as Aged Care, Disability, Youth Work and more. The social and community services sector is predicted to experience strong growth over the next 5 years with an excess of 50,000 job open...
Certificate IV in Ageing Support (Sunshine Coast Only) CHC43015
Take your passion for caring to the next level and upgrade your career! The health and aged care sector are experiencing strong growth, with the Australian Government expecting more than 50,000 job openings in the industry over the next five years. Thi...
Certificate III in Individual Support (Sunshine Coast Only) CHC33015
Become a valued and integral part of the health and community services industry with this qualification. You will learn how to support independence and wellbeing, gain a range of technical skills, and develop a range of transferable skills from communi...
Certificate II in Horticulture (Sunshine Coast Only) AHC20416
AHC20416 Certificate II in Horticulture is currently available as part of a school-based traineeship. The Certificate II in Horticulture will teach you the fundamentals of planting, potting and maintaining trees, shrubs and plants, how to recognize pla...
Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) (Geelong Only) CPC50220
Are you pursuing your builders registration, or looking for supervising or contract administration roles? The Diploma of Building and Construction course will help you achieve this goal. You will learn about the latest building industry skills required...
Diploma of Work Health and Safety (VIC ONLY) BSB51315
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Diploma of Graphic Design (VIC ONLY) CUA50715
This nationally recognised course gives you an immediate qualification to work in a creative, diverse, constantly evolving industry. Advance your natural technical and creative abilities, and learn about corporate branding, commercial printing and free...
Certificate IV in Information Technology (Geelong Only) ICT40118
This nationally recognised TAFE course is for all the future IT whizzes out there ready to step up in their careers. If you’re already dabbling in IT and ready for more responsibility, a fatter pay check, or a promotion, this course is your secre...
Certificate IV in Visual Arts (VIC ONLY) CUA41315
This nationally recognised course, will enhance your creativity and launch your artistic career in the thriving arts world. Find your niche, and learn the techniques of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewellery making, photo digital imaging,...
Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Geelong Only) MSL50118
This nationally recognised, Free TAFE course is tailored for individuals seeking to advance their career in modern science. If you hold a certificate in lab techniques, have a profound love for science, a thirst for understanding how things operate, an...
Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques (Geelong Only) MSL40118
This nationally recognized, Free TAFE course is perfect for individuals who have a genuine passion for science, a curiosity about how the world functions, and a penchant for variety. If you’re also someone who leans towards meticulous planning an...
Certificate II in Animal Care (VIC ONLY) ACM20117
Calling all animal lovers! This free, nationally recognised TAFE course is for those with a heart full of love for our furry friends, offering a paw-some start in the animal care world. Opening doors for a career such as: Animal Care Attendant Animal S...
Certificate III in Process Manufacturing (Perth Only) MSM30116
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Certificate III in Business (QLD Only) BSB30120
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Certificate II in Electrotechnology Studies (Pre-vocational) (Geelong Only) 22261VIC
Are you looking to enter the electrical industry, or get a taste for the trade before undertaking an apprenticeship? This pre-apprenticeship course is designed to give you the core skills and knowledge for the industry, and increase your opportunities...
Advanced Diploma of Building Design (Architectural) (Geelong Only) 22477VIC
This course prepares you for a career as a building designer, with the practical skills, knowledge and qualifications to work in the residential and commercial design and construction sectors. This course also gives you a great edge if you’re planning...
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