Government funding for vocational and TAFE courses in Hobart and Tasmania
There are three different government funding schemes in Tasmania. JobTrainer offers full subsidies for training courses in fields with high skill demands. The Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) offers training subsidies to Tasmanians who have lost employment due to COVID-19. To support older workers in retraining or upskilling, Skills Checkpoint offers tailored coaching, counselling, and subsidised training to support older workers in retraining or upskilling.
Both TasTAFE and authorised Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) may offer funded courses. The government pays the course fee to the training provider upon enrolment. Learners might still need to pay for some facilities and services, as well as textbooks and other study materials – this varies across courses and providers.
Funding for vocational education and training is available for accredited short courses (also known as skill sets) and nationally recognised qualifications, ranging from courses at the certificate II level for basic skills to advanced diplomas. Areas with funded qualifications range from healthcare and community services to information technology. Both in-person and online learning are offered, depending on the nature of the course.
All funding programs require that you live and work in Tasmania and be one of the following:
• Australian citizen
• Permanent resident
• New Zealand citizen
• Eligible visa holder
The extra requirements for each program are listed on each funding scheme’s page. To confirm your eligibility, enquire about a course with a provider.
Popular Government Funded Courses in Tasmania
Government Funding Schemes in Tasmania
JobTrainer is a government funding initiative offering free vocational training courses in high-demand fields.Learn More
Skills Checkpoint is a government support program that helps Australians over 40 who want to retrain or upskill so they can stay employed, change careers, or find a new job.Learn More
Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI)
The Rapid Response Skills Initiative (RRSI) is a program set up by the Tasmania state government that’s designed to help those out of work through no fault of their own reskill in order to find new career opportunities.Learn More
New Apprenticeship Scholarship Program
The New Apprenticeship Scholarship Program (NASP) is a government funding scheme that helps apprentices complete their traineeships/apprenticeships.Learn More