Free TAFE courses 

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to priority occupations – those in demand from employers in the Victorian economy. 
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay a student’s tuition fees, if eligible, to study one of priority courses at TAFE.

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Free TAFE for Courses cover tuition fees for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training.
The Free TAFE course list includes non-apprenticeship courses and pre apprenticeship courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships.
Free TAFE courses lead to occupations in industries where there are likely to be more jobs.
Some of them lead to work in important areas like preventing family violence, rolling out the National Disability Insurance Scheme and delivering our major infrastructure projects.
Students who are eligible for the Free TAFE courses initiative can study in one of the following courses at Bendigo TAFE:

Non-apprenticeship courses

Apprenticeship pathway courses


If you’re eligible, the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will cover the tuition fees for the duration of your course. You’ll still need to pay for other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees.
You may be eligible if you are under 20 years old, or if you are enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.
Eligible students can access this initiative only once, even if you do not finish your tuition-free-free priority course. So, it is important that you consider your training choice carefully.
For more information about Free TAFE for Priority Courses, including eligibility and course details, contact Bendigo TAFE on 13 TAFE.​​​​

^Enrolments in this course will commence once Bendigo TAFE has received accreditation from ASQA to deliver it.​

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Working for Victoria

Working for Victoria is an initiative developed by the Victorian State Government to help respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

If you have lost your job due to coronavirus (COVID-19) then you may need to change or update your skills to work in an area that is now hiring, or likely to in the future.

For registered jobseekers, two types of online training are available so you can get the skills you need.

  • 1. Free short online training unit

You can do a short online training unit in the following key areas and industries, where people are needed:

  • Cleaning and sanitation
  • Food preparation
  • Health care
  • Customer service
  • Food packaging
  • Retail support

For more information about these courses, please visit:

  • 2. A free TAFE course

You can do a Free TAFE course that leads to a recognised qualification in an industry where Victorian employers are looking for employees.

These Free TAFE courses can be started online.

Tuition is free for eligible students, however there may be materials and student services fees.

For more information about the Working for Victoria program, please visit:


Am I eligible?

Eligibility requirements apply for these courses.

Any Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen is eligible to do one Free TAFE for priority course in Victoria if they meet the following criteria:

  • under 20 or upskilling
  • aged under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications they might hold)
  • are 20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than the highest qualification previously attained
  • Victorians who need additional support

Victorians who are:

  • unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • retrenched workers
  • automotive supply chain workers
  • looking to change careers
  • Victorians who want to reskill, change careers, improve their employment prospects and/or meet the needs of local industries, subject to availability of TAFE places, and prioritised based on need.

For more information about the working for Victoria program, please visit:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​