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.
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).
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
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