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New courses added to Free TAFE list

30 January 2024

Four new courses in hospitality, youth work, kitchen management and tourism are now available through Victoria’s Free TAFE program.


Since Free TAFE was introduced in 2019, it has grown to include more than 80 qualifications and short courses.

The following courses are now available from 2024:

  • Diploma of Youth Work
  • Certificate IV in Kitchen Management
  • Diploma of Hospitality Management
  • Certificate III in Tourism.

Free TAFE courses are available to all Victorians, from those starting their vocational journey to upskilling or changing careers, regardless of their existing qualification level.

The program allows thousands of students to enter an in-demand career without the cost of tuition fees. Students can also enrol in more than one Free TAFE course if it’s within the same priority pathway.

In addition to the Free TAFE courses the Victorian Government has provided since 2019, the Australian Government has announced an additional 300,000 Fee-Free TAFE and vocational education places, available nationally from January 2024.

Victorian Minister for Skills and TAFE Gayle Tierney said: “Our TAFE network is at the heart of vocational education in Victoria, and through initiatives like Free TAFE we’re making sure more students can gain skills in in-demand careers including clean energy and housing.”

“Vocational study is important to our society and future – this program gives more Victorians opportunities to access high quality training in the industry that they love.”

The full list of free courses, providers, eligibility criteria and other information is available via TAFE Victoria.

It comes as the Australian Apprenticeship Priority List has been amended for 2024, including 19 new occupations with incentives for apprentices and employers.

Apprentices and trainees that undertake training in designated priority occupations, and their employers, are eligible for extra financial support.

An eligible full-time apprentice may receive up to $10,000 over the duration of their apprenticeship to help with cost-of-living pressures, while an employer may receive support of up to $15,000 over the duration of the apprenticeship.

How the Victorian Chamber can help

The Victorian Chamber’s Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) is contracted by the Australian Government to provide free personalised advice and support services from pre-commencement to completion for job seekers, employers, apprentices and trainees.

Our Industry Training Consultants will provide quality support services to help recruit, sign up, train, and retain apprentices and trainees and provide advice on financial supports, incentives and government or industry updates.

If you are an employer hiring an apprentice or trainee, contact our ASA team with any enquiries.

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