Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

Can I get help to pay for my training?

You may be able to get help to pay your course fees, with the Government partnering with state and territories to offer some free or subsidised courses.

Skilling Australia Fund and course subsidies

Is this for me?

  • I want to know which courses in my state or territory receive a government subsidy
  • I want to know if I can get help to pay for my course in my state or territory

State and territory governments match funding provided by the Australian Government to grow the number of apprentices and trainees to support Australia's future productivity, jobs and growth. Over $330 million has been provided to state and territory governments, supporting approximately 80,000 apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities. 

Some courses attract government subsidies and you can get help to pay for your course. Your state may have special opportunities – check their sites for opportunities.   

VET Student Loans

Is this for me?

  • I’m doing a diploma or above VET course and want a loan to pay my course fees

The VET Student Loans program assists eligible students pay tuition fees for approved higher-level (diploma and above) vocational education and training (VET) courses, when studying at VET Student Loans approved course providers.

VET Student Loans

Loans to support Australian Apprentices

Is this for me?

  • I am undertaking an apprenticeship and want help to meet everyday living costs

You may be eligible for a loan to help you meet everyday costs while you undertake training. 

Trade Support Loans

Financial assistance to re-skill or retrain to land your next job

Is this for me?

  • I’m between 45 and 70 years old
  • I’m an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • I’m currently employed
  • I’ve been unemployed for less than 3 months and not registered with an employment provider

If you’re looking to update your skills the Skills and Training Incentive can help you. 

The Skills and Training Incentive, provides eligible older Australians with up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund training to gain new skills. 

Skills Checkpoint and Training Incentive

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