Government funding for vocational and TAFE courses in ACT
The government may fully subsidise your tuition costs if you satisfy the eligibility criteria, allowing you to qualify for free training — so you can graduate debt-free.
In the Australian Capital Territory, three government funding programs are available. JobTrainer is a training initiative that offers fee-free, high-quality training in areas with skills needs, while User Choice supports Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships. Skills Checkpoint supports older workers to retrain or upskill with personalised advice, guidance and subsidised training.
Courses are available through TAFEs and approved Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). At the time of enrolment, the government pays the training provider for the tuition fees. You may still need to pay for some facilities and services or study materials such as textbooks.
Funding for vocational education and training covers a range of courses at different levels and areas of skills, from certificate II to certificate III and IV qualifications and above. Funding is available across the ACT, whether in Canberra or anywhere in the state.
All funding programs require that you live and work in the ACT and that you are either an:
– Australian citizen
– Permanent resident
– New Zealand passport holder resident for more than six months
– Eligible visa holder.
There are certain extra requirements for each programme, which you can read about on the page.
(Until December 2021, courses were funded through the ACT Skilled Capital program, whereas that program now falls under JobTrainer.)
Popular Government Funded Courses in Australian Capital Territory
Government Funding Schemes in Australian Capital Territory
JobTrainer is a government funding program providing free training courses for young people, jobseekers, and school leavers in high-demand areas.Learn More
User Choice is a national government funding scheme that helps cover the cost of training and assessment services for Australian apprentices.Learn More
Skills Checkpoint is a government initiative that assists Australians over 40 in retraining and upskilling so they can advance their professions or find new jobs.Learn More