Government funding for vocational and TAFE courses in Perth and Western Australia
Four government funding schemes are in place in Western Australia for vocational education and training. The state government runs the Jobs and Skills and Lower Fees, Local Skills programs. The Australian Government partners with the Western Australian Government to deliver funding for VET fees under SkillsReady (JobTrainer) for priority industry qualifications and Skills Checkpoint for older workers.
TAFEs and authorised Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) can offer government funded courses in WA. The government covers the training provider’s course fee upon enrolment, but you may still need to pay for some facilities and services, as well as textbooks and other study materials. Providers set these fees independently.
Vocational education and training funding are available for both accredited short courses (also known as skill sets) and full qualifications, ranging from foundation skills (certificate II) to training courses from certificate III and IV, all the way up to advanced diploma level. Qualifications are offered across various industries, from community services to information technology.
All funding programs require you to live and work in Western Australia and be one of the following:
• Australian citizen
• permanent visa holder or holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826
• New Zealand citizen.
The different requirements for each program are listed on each funding scheme’s page. To confirm your eligibility, enquire with a provider.
Popular Government Funded Courses in Western Australia
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing OR Disability) (Perth Only)
Diploma of Community Services (Perth Only)
Certificate lll in Early Childhood Education & Care (Perth Only)
Certificate III in Process Manufacturing (Perth Only)
Certificate III in Community Services (Perth Only)
Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance (Perth Only)
Certificate IV in Ageing Support (Perth Only)
Certificate III in Community Pharmacy (Perth Only)
Government Funding Schemes in Western Australia
Lower fees, local skills
Lower Fees, Local Skills offers young Western Australians free and reduced-fee qualifications to help them gain job-ready skills for rapidly growing industry areas.Learn More
Jobs and Skills
JobTrainer provides low-cost vocational education and training courses to help Western Australians upskill or reskill in fields with rapid job development.Learn More
Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers assists Australians over 40 in retraining and upskilling so they can advance in their professions or find new jobs.Learn More