Funding

Response Learning Victoria is contracted with the Victorian Government to access Skills First subsidised training.

Skills First is a Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding program that provides subsidised funding to make vocational education and training more accessible to eligible people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

Eligibility criteria
Citizenship

To be eligible for subsidised training, you have to be:

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a New Zealand citizen.

Age

You are eligible for subsidised training if you are under 20 years old as of 1 January.
If you are over 20 years old, you are only eligible for subsidised training for courses leading to a higher qualification than you already have. For example, if you have a Certificate III, you can't do a subsidised Certificate II course. This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

It's important to note, however, that there are some exemptions and exclusions to the criteria, and limits to how many subsidised courses you can do.

An individual who is 20 years of age or older (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) is eligible to enrol in Skills First subsidised training in:

  • a program that is at a higher AQF level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled commencement of training (‘upskilling’);
  • a program on the Foundation Skills List (unless the individual already holds a qualification issued by an Australian VET or higher education provider that is at AQF level 5 (Diploma) or higher);
  • training as an Apprentice (not Trainee) under an Approved Training Scheme;
  • training in the VCE or the VCAL (Intermediate or Senior); or
  • a Skill Set.

Limits on the amount of training that can be subsidised

In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements, a Skills First Student can only:

  • commence a maximum of two Skills First subsidised Skill Sets in a calendar year (the ‘2 Skill Sets in a year’ limit).

Where an individual is enrolled in a Skill Set(s) that is scheduled to commence at a later date in that calendar year, this Skill Set(s) must be counted for the purpose of this limit;

  • commence a maximum of two Skills First subsidised programs that are AQF qualifications in a calendar year (the ‘2 AQF qualifications in a year’ limit).

Where an individual is enrolled in a program(s) that is scheduled to commence at a later date in that calendar year, this program(s) must be counted for the purpose of this limit;

  • undertake a maximum of two Skills First subsidised programs at any one time (the ‘2 at a time’ limit); and
  • commence a maximum of two government-subsidised programs in their lifetime that are at the same AQF level (the ‘2 at level in a lifetime’ limit).

Eligibility exemptions

Response Learning may exempt an otherwise ineligible individual from particular eligibility requirements or limits on the amount of training that can be subsidised in certain circumstances

Please contact Student Services - studentservices@responseaust.com.au

Additional eligibility requirements for Apprentices and Trainees

If an individual is an Apprentice or Trainee, to be eligible for Skills First subsidised training they must be:

  • employed in Victoria in either a full time or part time capacity under an award or registered agreement;
  • undertaking an Approved Training Scheme; and
  • a signatory to a Training Contract with their employer that is registered with the VRQA.

Additional eligibility requirements for individuals under 17 years of age

If an individual will be under 17 years of age at the time their training commences, unless they are undertaking training as part of a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship, to be eligible for Skills First subsidised training, they must have received an exemption from school attendance.

Asylum seekers and overseas students

If you are an asylum seeker, you may be able to get subsidised training though the Asylum seeker VET program.

If you are an overseas student, you are not eligible for subsidised training in Victoria, but you may be able to get other government assistance. See the Australian Government Study Assist page for more information.

Exemptions and exclusions

There are some exemptions to the criteria. This means that some people are eligible for subsidised training without having to meet the criteria. For example, if you've been retrenched, you may not need to meet the eligibility criteria.

There are also some exclusions from the critieria. This means that some people are not eligible for subsidised training. For example, if you're in prison, you're not eligible.

To check other eligibility criteria, Check your eligibility for subsidised training here.

Note: Accessing your Skills First Program entitlement may impact your access to future government subsidised training.
A training subsidy paid to Response Learning Victoria may cover part or all the training costs required. Whether a tuition or enrolment fee is paid in addition to the subsidy by a student/trainee, an employer or another party, all fees and subsidies relate to the student/trainee.
Please refer to our Tuition Fees page for fee related information. Tuition Fees

When you apply for a subsidised course, Response Learning Victoria will check your eligibility for subsidised training. Prepare for your eligibility assessment here.

Residential Status

Participants undertaking Victorian government subsided training must be physically present in the State of Victoria at all times at which they are undertaking the training and assessment.