Skills First (SF) is a Victorian state government initiative to enable individuals the opportunity to gain access to a subsidised training place for the purpose of gaining a qualification. SF is designed to assist those without a post-secondary school qualification, or those looking to gain a higher level qualification than that which they already hold.
All individuals are eligible to access funding as long as certain eligibility criteria are met.
Students must note that enrollment under a Skills First funded position, may impact access to further government subsidised training.
To see whether you are eligible for funding click on Funding eligibility indicator to get redirected to Skills First site.
An individual must meet the general citizenship/residency requirements and Skills First requirements.
The RTO must apply the following requirements to determine whether an individual is eligible for government subsidised training under Schedule 1 (Standard VET Funding Contract) and thereby be an Eligible Individual for the purpose of the VET Funding Contract.
To be eligible, an individual must meet Skills First requirements as follows:
An individual must be:
- an Australian Citizen; or
- a holder of a Permanent Visa; or
- a New Zealand citizen; and
An individual must enrol and commence training in a course or qualification provided by the RTO between the later of 1 January or when the VET Funding Contract is executed, and 31 December of the calendar year inclusive and be:
- under 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training; or
- over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training in a Foundation Skills List course; or
- over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training as an Apprentice (not Trainee); or
- over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in training in the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate or Senior); or
- over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training in a course that is at a higher qualification level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled commencement of training.
Fees and Charges
Fees for government funded training at all levels must comply with the Guidelines to Fees issued by Skills First. All tuition fees are calculated on the basis of the nominal hours of training to be undertaken within a calendar year. These hours include theory, clinical and self-directed learning. (Nominal Hours are the hours of the qualification.)
The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrollment.
Invoices for student tuition fees are issued on a calendar year basis; student tuition fees for ensuing calendar years may be varied/increased in line with government fees and funding changes.
If a course is delivered partly in current calendar year and the balance of the course in subsequent year, the student will be provided with a payment plan; the student will be expected to initially pay for tuition in current calendar year only. A second installment covering the balance of training in subsequent year.
Conversely, if your course commences and completes wholly in current calendar year, you will be invoiced for your total tuition in current calendar year at the commencement of your program.
Other factors including credit exemption or RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) must also be taken into account.
For exact tuition costs, please email Student Services.
Indicative Fees for funded course are listed with each course information.
For information regarding undergraduate scholarships click on the following link Australian College of Nursing (ACN)which provides details.
The Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) administers the Allied Health Streams of the Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme (NAHSSS). Funding is provided by the Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). For information regarding these scholarships click on the following link SARRAH which provides details.
Mayfield Education allows concessions on standard fees in accordance with VET Funding Contract. The concession fee is 20 per cent of the published standard Skills First funded tuition fee in the same course at that time.
Please contact Student Services for documentations required by The Department of Education and Training for your enrolment under such circumstance.
You may be eligible for concession rate for your course fee if you are a Skills First eligible student seeking enrolment in courses at the Certificate IV level and below, prior to the course commencement of training, and
You are holding a current and valid
- Health Care Card issued by the Commonwealth;
- Pensioner Concession Card; or
- Veteran’s Gold Card; or
- an alternative card or concession eligibility criterion approved by the Minister for the purposes of these Guidelines.
If you are holding one of the above a. to d. cards and also a referred Job Seeker with a standard Job Seeker Referral Form, you may be eligible for the concession fee. The balance of your standard Skills First funded tuition fee will be invoiced to your referring agency to cover the revenue forgone as a result of charging Job Seeker the concession fee, with the prior agreement of the referring agency.
Indigenous Completion Initiative
If you a self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent seeking enrolment in a course at any level, you may be eligible for concession fee.
Asylum Seeker VET Program
If you are an asylum seeker or trafficked person who is seeking enrolment in a course at the Certificate IV level and below, you may be eligible for concession fee.