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

Skills First is a Victorian Government 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
To be eligible for subsidised training, you have to be:
  • an Australian citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a New Zealand citizen.
You are eligible for subsidised training in 2020 if you are under 20 years old as of 1 January 2020.

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.

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.

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.