If you are an overseas student, you are not eligible for Skills First training, but you may be able to get other government assistance. See the Australian Government Study Assistpage for more information.
Skills First prioritises training for young people (under 20), Apprenticeships and Foundation Skills, and otherwise requires students do progressively higher qualifications to be eligible.
If you are under 20 years old or eligible under the JobTrainer Fund (see below) you can do Skills First training at any level .
If you are 20 years or over, you can usually only do Skills First training at a higher level than any qualification you already have. For example, if you have a Certificate III, you can’t do a subsidised Certificate II course. (Exemption for those under 25 years per JobTrainer below.)
You can also do Skills First training in skill sets. These are accredited short courses to help with quick and flexible training for skills shortages and workforce demands. When you do a skill set, your age and what level of qualification you already have doesn’t affect whether you are eligible.
How much Skills First training can i do?
There are also limits on how much Skills First training you can do. The limits are:
You can’t start* more than 2 qualifications in a year
You can’t start* more than 2 skill sets in a year
You can’t do more than 2 Skills First qualifications or skill sets at the same time
If you’ve already started* up to two government-subsidised qualifications at the same level in your lifetime you can’t do another Skills First qualification at that level
These limits encourage you to make informed decisions about your training and employment opportunities, and finish your training.
*This includes courses you start but don’t finish.
You might still get Skills First
Even if you aren’t eligible, you might be able to get an exemption that allows you do Skills First training.
There are also some Skills First courses where some of the eligibility criteria don’t apply or where you might be able to get your training for free or at a lower cost.
Job seekers, young people and concession card holders
The Victorian Government has partnered with the Commonwealth Government to jointly invest up to $260 million under the JobTrainer Fund to increase access to training for Victorians who have been most impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Under JobTrainer, you can access fee or low-free (concession) qualifications and skill sets in key industries and occupations if you are:
When you apply for a Skills First course, the training provider will check and confirm your eligibility. To do this, they’ll ask you for documents, including proof of your citizenship or residency and details about any study you’ve done.
It’s a good idea to check with the training provider to find out if they offer any exemptions from the eligibility criteria.