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Free in '23

Exciting news for 2023!

Selected full qualifications will be 100% course fee-free and all Job Ready short course skill sets will be fully fee-free from 1 January 2023! And in even better news, the eligibility criteria for this free training is being expanded so that more people living in Western Australia can access the free courses.

This free training will focus on priority industry areas to help build WA's skilled workforce, support our employers and businesses, and create employment and career opportunities for all Western Australians.

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Please note: some eligibility criteria will apply for free training, and other fees may apply for the free qualifications. Please see the FAQs(opens in a new tab) for more details.

  • Meet current and future needs in the care economy, including jobs like childcare, aged care, disability care, nursing and community services;
  • target priority industries including technology and digital, hospitality and tourism, construction, agriculture and defence;
  • provide opportunities for priority groups in the Western Australian community including:
    • Aboriginal people;
    • youth under 25;
    • jobseekers;
    • women seeking to enter or re-enter the workforce;
    • people with disability; and
    • humanitarian migrants, including refugees from Ukraine and Afghanistan.

FREE IN ’23 courses include options to train for work in industries including healthcare and social assistance, information and communications technology, building and construction, transport, defence, hospitality and tourism, and agriculture.

Lower Fees, Local Skills

That's right... free training! 

We are serious when we say we want to help you get skills ready! We have worked closely with WA industries, businesses and employers to find out the types of skills needed right now and for future jobs.  

These free skill sets are made up of units of competency from nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, you will receive credit for them if you choose to go on to further study. Some are also available for blended or online study. 

Free training courses are broken up into the below two categories:

Half Price & FREE Courses

How would you like to get a nationally recognised and accredited qualification but pay only half-price course fees? Or even less than half price! And how about a fees cap?  

The Lower fees, local skills program commenced on 1 January 2020, with half price courses to be in place for eligible courses. These qualifications are matched up with the skills employers are looking for, so you'll be job ready.

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Job Ready Skill Sets

Not all jobs need a full qualification, and maybe you don't either.

We’ve consulted with businesses and employers to deliver fast track training where the jobs are. 

  • The Operating a Small Business skill set is 100% free for everyone.
  • Some job ready skill sets are 100% free for eligible students including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 years (not at school). 
  • All skill sets are available for everyone to study, however if you don’t meet the eligibility requirements for the free training you will be required to pay a fee for your course. ​​​​​​

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Enrol now

We are taking enrolments and applications for Semester Two , 2023. Some courses are very popular so you will need to apply in advance via TAFE Admissions to secure a place.

For other courses, you can enrol directly with us. Some of our campuses also take enrolments all year round meaning you can start your studies at any time. Follow the links on each course page for the best way to enrol or apply for that course. For more information about how to apply for a course visit our Apply and enrol page.  

Still not sure? Check out our full course list.

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