Fee Free TAFE

The Albanese Government is serious about helping Australians get the skills they need, and helping businesses find the qualified workers they need in order to thrive.

That’s why we are implementing a once in a generation reform of the TAFE and Vocational Education and Training sector by delivering Fee Free TAFE for hundreds of thousands of Australians.

We have supported almost 150,000 Australians to enrol in Fee-Free TAFE already this year.

This is helping to reduce cost of living pressure, with students saving thousands of dollars in course fees.

Find out more here: https://www.tafesa.edu.au/courses/fee-free-tafe-courses.

The need to broaden access to education, and to fix skill shortages, is why the Albanese Government partnered with the South Australian Government to invest $65 million in the State as part of our 12-month Skills Agreement to deliver more than 12,500 Fee-Free TAFE and vocational education places in 2023.

Examples of course fees students have saved by undertaking the Fee-Free initiative include:

  • A student studying a Diploma of Building and Construction (Building) will save up to $10,633.
  • A student studying a Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security) will save up to $6,262.
  • A student studying a Diploma of Engineering – Technical will save up to $7,073.
  • A student studying a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care will save up to $4,785.

We have already seen an incredible update in enrolments due to Fee Free TAFE.

The most popular courses have been in skills priority areas like Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Support work, cyber security, and construction, highlighting the success of Fee-Free TAFE in encouraging Australians into sectors needing more skilled workers.

Students under the age of 35 make up the majority of enrolments at 60 per cent, however, there has been an encouraging take-up of Fee-Free TAFE for older Australians, with almost 26,000 students over the age of 45.