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Lodge your application, selecting the location you wish to study at. If you select an on-campus location and COVID-19 is still impeding our ability to deliver face-to-face when semester two commences, we will guide you through your options.

With a strong focus on employment-based training, Federation TAFE brings together the training, the skills, the employers and you, to support your success into the future.

Read on for details on how to apply for a TAFE course.

Eligibility

Eligibility for TAFE courses has changed.

If you have applied for a TAFE course in the past and were not able to access a funded position, you may now be eligible.

If you already have a higher qualification and are looking for a change with a TAFE course, you may now be eligible.

Training fee subsidies are making vocational education and training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher-level qualification than they already hold.

The tuition for some courses is free at TAFE.

Free TAFE Priority Courses is a Victorian Government program that will pay your tuition fees to study selected courses at TAFE if you are eligible. Materials fees will apply to some courses.

It 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.

View information about available courses and eligibility criteria on Course Finder.

Browse our fees, charges, student loans and Fee-HELP section for further information.

If you’re looking to study a course that isn’t on the free list there will be course fees, but you may be eligible for a government subsidised place. This means the government will pay for your course and you will repay the loan when you start working and earning a certain income (similar to a HECS-Help loan). To be eligible for a government subsidised place you must meet certain eligibility criteria. Any student who does not meet the eligibility criteria will be charged the full fee tuition rate. (Eligibility exemptions may be applicable).

To meet the citizenship/residency eligibility requirements, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen; or
  • A holder of a permanent visa; or
  • A New Zealand citizen

and

  • Be under 20 years old on 1 January in the year training commences; or
  • Be over 20 years old as at 1 January in the year of training commencement and seeking to enrol into a foundation course on the National Skills list course (This excludes applicants who hold a qualification at a diploma level or higher and applicants already enrolled in the Commonwealth Government's 'Skills for Education and Employment Program'); or
  • Over 20 and seeking to enrol into an apprenticeship (not a traineeship); or
  • Over 20 and seeking to enrol in the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate or Senior); or
  • Over 20 and enrolling into a qualification at a higher level than any previously completed (Eligibility exemptions may be applicable)

and

  • Not be currently enrolled in or due to commence two or more courses as a government subsidised student within the current year; and
  • Have not previously accessed government funding in two or more courses at the same level as the course you are applying to commence (Eligibility exemptions may be applicable)

Applicants must meet the specific entry requirements stated in the VTAC Guide or in the course information contained within our Course Finder.

All applicants must also:

  • complete an application form.
  • complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy test (LLN).  This is an online assessment for your numeracy and literacy; you don’t need to study for it and it doesn’t take long.
  • attend a pre-training interview. This is an informal chat where we meet with you to discuss the course and answer any questions you may have.

You must check if there are any essential requirements for admission for the individual courses you are applying to study. Some courses will require you to attend an information session before you submit your application form. Check Course Finder or call us for more information.

To search and confirm your chosen TAFE course's entry requirements, refer to our Course Finder.

Our staff are here to help you every step of the way. Call us on 1300 333 864, submit an enquiry via our Enquiries portal or pop in for a chat at Student HQ at SMB Campus, Ballarat.

Apply for a TAFE course

Refer to the category below that best describes you, for specific information.

Direct applications for TAFE courses are now being accepted for commencement in the next available term.

Closing dates may vary between courses/Schools depending on the scheduled commencement date for your chosen TAFE course. Please check our Course Finder for more information.

If the course you wish to apply for is available for VTAC application, then you will need to apply via the VTAC website.

If the course you wish to apply for is not available for VTAC application, you are able to apply directly using the TAFE Direct Application Form (pdf, 320kb).

If you are applying to study with Federation only, simplify the process by applying direct, using the TAFE Direct Application Form (pdf, 320kb).

If you wish to apply to multiple institutions, and the course you wish to apply for is available for VTAC application, then you will need to apply via the VTAC website.

Just the application form; you don’t need to attach anything further with your initial application.

All applicants are required to participate in an interview with the School. We will contact you to organise a time. Complete the Pre-Training Review form (pdf, 953kb) and bring this with you. This form will assist in determining your suitability to enrol in the course that you have applied for.

Should your application be successful, you will be asked to visit your campus to enrol. Once complete, we will be able to advise on commencement dates, timetables etc.

You must provide supporting documentation to determine eligibility into a government subsidised training place. This includes evidence to support citizenship/residency and proof of age.

To confirm citizenship/residency you must provide ONE of the following original documents or certified copies:

  • Australian birth certificate (not birth extract)
  • Current Australian passport
  • Current New Zealand passport
  • Naturalisation certificate
  • Current green Medicare card
  • Formal documentation issued by Immigration confirming permanent residence
  • A proxy declaration for individuals in exceptional circumstances
  • An Australian citizenship by descent extract

If your age is relevant to your eligibility (under 20 years old at 1 January in the year of course commencement) and the document produced from the list above does not include a date of birth, you must also supply ONE of the following original documents:

  • Australian birth certificate
  • Current drivers license
  • Current learners permit
  • Proof of age card
  • 'Keypass' card

Fees for TAFE courses are payable upon enrolment. Refer to our TAFE fees and charges page

Our online service standards outline the strong level of support you can expect from Federation TAFE - from application through to completion. Our students’ success and experience is very important to us and our principles and standards reflect this. See our Federation TAFE online service standards (pdf, 139kb)

Apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship

You’ve found yourself employment as an apprentice or trainee – congratulations!  Now you need to enrol in your studies to support your new role. Applying for a Federation apprenticeship or traineeship is simple.

Applying for an apprenticeship or traineeship is different to applying for most other TAFE courses. Apprentices and trainees need to be employed within their trade before they can start their apprenticeship or traineeship course.

When you commence your apprenticeship or traineeship you will sign a training agreement. This will start a process which will result in you and your employer being invited to complete an application and enrolment package. You do not need to complete an application form such as the ones referred to on this page.

If you want a career in the trades, a pre-apprenticeship course will help you get to where you want to go, and the hands-on skills you will learn can give you the edge when you are applying for apprenticeship positions.

View information about pre-apprenticeship courses on the Free TAFE website or Course Finder.

To apply for a pre-apprenticeship course, simplify the process by applying direct, using the TAFE Direct Application Form (pdf, 320kb)

Some traineeship/apprenticeship/pre-apprenticeship courses will have entry requirements in addition to your employment. To search and confirm your chosen TAFE course's entry requirements, refer to our Course Finder

Direct applications for pre-apprenticeship courses are now being accepted for commencement in the next available term. Closing dates may vary between courses/Schools; please check our Course Finder for course-specific information.

Applications for apprenticeships and traineeships are always open, in line with your training agreement

Fees for TAFE courses are payable upon enrolment. Refer to our TAFE fees and charges page

Our online service standards outline the strong level of support you can expect from Federation TAFE - from application through to completion. Our students’ success and experience is very important to us and our principles and standards reflect this. See our Federation TAFE online service standards (pdf, 139kb)