[VIC] Free TAFE Certificate 2/3/4 & Diploma Courses

Victoria has the most Tafe courses under Free Tafe scheme compared to other states. I found that the best Tafe school for the courses is Swinburne and Holmesglen since they don’t charge the extra Student Service Fees so you can save hundreds of dollar on this fees. Some Tafe do charge extra material fees as well. Victoria even have a few diploma courses under Free Tafe as well.

For tech courses you can consider Swinburne, and you can consider Holmesglen Moorabbin for Cert 3 in Commercial Cookery (Le Cordon Bleu kitchen is also in this campus)

Some of the high value courses are Cert 4 in Cyber Security and Diploma of Nursing (this course is not cheap). Diploma of Nursing in Swinburne is 1.5year instead of 2years in other Tafe schools.
https://www.swinburne.edu.au/courses/fees/loans-discounts-lo…

Cert 3 in Commercial Cookery in Holmesglen Moorabbin is also a good course with coffee units, artisan bread unit and even job placement program. You can also study the few extra Patisserie units to complete the Cert 3 in Patisserie as well (this will cost extra but not much since it is only like 6 units).
https://holmesglen.edu.au/Courses/Hospitality-Tourism-and-Ev…

Because of COVID-19, we have another scheme called JobTrainer if you are unemployed (either under JobSeeker or not is not required) so you can take 2 courses if you are unemployed, 1 under JobTrainer and 1 under FreeTafe scheme. Upskill requirements can be exempted for FreeTafe and JobTrainer

The good thing with Swinburne and Holmesglen is they don’t add extra or separate fees like Student Service Fee and Material Fee which is not covered under FreeTafe.

If you are in other state, you can consider moving to VIC to take the free tafe courses since you will have much more courses to study than other states.


There is another scheme called SkillFirst which will requires you to upskill only, i.e you can only eligible to study higher cert level that you have already completed and there is a limit of 2 per year and a few other requirements.
I have found some provider provide Skill First courses free as well like Construction courses (some excavator training… in the course) and Telecommunication courses (i.e you can work for NBN installer or other cabling technician). You need to plan which course level you want to do first if you want to take up this scheme.


FOR EMPLOYER: For those who are looking for jobs, there is wage subsidy scheme for 10k grant for employer to employ someone who is on Jobseeker for 6+ month. This maybe something that you can bring up to employer or if you can consider if you are employer
https://www.dese.gov.au/wage-subsidies


Free TAFE course list

Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping

Diploma of Accounting

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Advanced Diploma of Accounting

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Certificate II in Agriculture

Certificate III in Agriculture

Certificate IV in Agriculture

Certificate III in Agriculture (Dairy Production)

Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)

Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying

Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention

Certificate III in Civil Construction

Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Certificate III in Community Services

Certificate IV in Community Services

Diploma of Community Services

Certificate III in Concreting

Certificate III in Construction Waterproofing

Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Certificate IV in Dental Assisting

Certificate IV in Disability

Certificate III in Education Support

Certificate IV in Education Support

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate IV in Engineering

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Certificate III in Horticulture

Certificate III in Hospitality

Certificate III in Individual Support

Diploma of Justice

Certificate IV in Mental Health

Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Diploma of Nursing

Certificate IV in Plumbing and Service

Certificate III in Rail Infrastructure

Certificate III in Tourism

Certificate IV in Youth Work

The following skill set is free at TAFE, though it does not form part of the Free TAFE course list. Taking this skill set will not impact your Free TAFE entitlement.

Course in Introduction to the National Disability Insurance Scheme

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