Frequently asked questions

What is Free TAFE for priority courses?
Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a Government initiative that aims to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers.

Who is eligible for Free TAFE priority courses?
You may be eligible if you are under 20 years of age, or if you are enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before. Find out if you’re eligible here

What courses are offered as part of Free TAFE for priority courses?
The tuition-free priority course lists includes 20 non-apprenticeship courses and 5 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships (also known as pre-apprenticeships. Find the full lists of courses available as part of the Free TAFE priority courses here.

Does it cover all my fees?
If you’re eligible, Free TAFE for priority courses pays the tuition fees for your whole course. TAFEs may charge for other fees such as student services or material fees that you may have to cover yourself. 

How many Free TAFE for Priority courses can I do?
Free TAFE for Priority courses will pay your tuition fees for one course.
Once you have enrolled in a tuition-free priority course you can’t get a tuition-free place again, even if you don’t finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Can I do a course that’s not on the Free TAFE for Priority courses?
Yes, however you will need to pay the tuition fee and costs associated with that course.
For the list of Wodonga TAFEs Free TAFE Priority Courses click here.

I am doing training now in a course on the Tuition Free Priority course list. Will I get a refund on fees I paid this year?
No. Free TAFE for priority courses only applies to eligible students who enrol in a tuition free priority course that commences after 1 January 2020.

If I do a Free TAFE for priority course, will I get a job?
The tuition-free priority courses are in areas where there are likely to be more jobs in the future.
When you complete your course, Wodonga TAFE's Skills and Jobs centre can help you search for a job and support you to prepare your resume, help with interview preparation and anything else relating to careers and job seeking.

How will free TAFE for priority courses affect my eligibility for future government-subsidised training?
Free TAFE for Priority courses are treated the same way as any other course you have undertaken, for the purpose of determining whether you are eligible for further Victorian Government-subsidised training.

 I am doing training now. Should I drop out and start again next year, when free TAFE for priority courses come in?
If you are currently doing training and you are happy with your course, you should complete it, especially if you have a Victorian Government subsidised place. There are limits on the number of times you can commence courses and stay eligible for subsidised training, so dropping out and restarting could mean you become ineligible.

Where can I find out more?
You can talk to the Wodonga TAFE Skills and Jobs centre on 1300 698 233 for more information regarding the Free TAFE Priority courses. 


Still got questions?
1300 698 233