Free TAFE

Get the skills you need to land a job that's in demand by Victorian employers.

To keep the VU Polytechnic community safe, and to play our part in containing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made changes to how we deliver our courses. Most VU Polytechnic students will have access to supported remote learning from April 2020, meaning you can continue to study the same high-quality program from home.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is an affordable training pathway, focused on courses that lead to priority occupations and/or a degree.

From 1 January 2019, students eligible for Victorian Government–subsidised training won't pay course tuition fees for some Victoria University Polytechnic courses.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in demand from Victorian employers.

Why choose VU Polytechnic?

Our education programs are constantly evolving to meet the demands of each new generation of workers, as they have been for over 100 years. We offer award-winning, stress-tested learning that will last the distance – from today’s workplace needs to tomorrow’s industry advances.

  • State-of-the-art facilities

    Purpose-built facilities in campuses across Melbourne’s west and CBD, including our world-class Sunshine Campus Trades Centre.

  • Connected with industry

    We provide education closely linked with industry. Students gain the most current and essential skills.

  • Innovative, flexible and hands-on learning

    Our multi award-winning blended learning model is a combination of face-to-face teaching and user-friendly eLearning.

VU Polytechnic’s Free TAFE courses

Browse VU Polytechnic’s Free TAFE courses 2020 by study area.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education will be offered as a Free TAFE course from 1 January 2020.

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*This list is subject to change and will be updated to reflect policy and institution changes.

Eligibility for courses with no tuition fees

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses program covers eligible students’ tuition fees for the full course duration. You'll still need to pay other fees, such as student services fees or materials fees.

It is important to choose training carefully because students can only access the initiative once, even if they do not finish their tuition-fee free priority course.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will pay your tuition fees for one course. Once you have enrolled in a tuition-fee free priority course at VU Polytechnic or at another TAFE or dual sector provider, you can’t get a fee free place again.

Any Australian citizen/permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen is eligible to take Free TAFE for Priority Courses in Victoria, if they meet the following criteria.

Under 20 or upskilling

  • Applicants who are aged under 20 (regardless of any other qualifications they might hold)
  • Applicants who are 20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than any they have previously attained

Career changers

Positions are also available, subject to availability of TAFE places and prioritised based on need, to these groups:

  • Victorians who want to reskill, change careers and improve their employment prospects
  • Victorians who meet the needs of local industries.

Victorians who need additional support

  • Unemployed and clients of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • Retrenched workers
  • Automotive supply-chain workers

Skills & Jobs Centre

The Victoria University Polytechnic Skills and Job Centre is funded by the State Government to provide a free service to the community and improve individual career outcomes. Find out more about how the Skills and Jobs Centre may be able to help you.

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Why VU is ahead of the rest

  • Top honours at the 2019 LearnX Live Awards

    VU Polytechnic and Victoria University's digital-learning innovation has been internationally recognised for excellence, with seven top honours at the 2019 LearnX Live Awards.

    Read about the LearnX awards
  • VU Polytechnic wins the 2019 Inclusive Training Award of the Year

    Victoria University Polytechnic picked up the Inclusive Training Provider of the Year Award at the 65th Anniversary of the Victorian Training Awards.

    Read about the training award
  • VU Polytechnic opens new Cybersecurity Training Centre

    VU Polytechnic, in partnership with the world’s largest cybersecurity vendor Cisco, has launched a Cybersecurity Training Centre in Melbourne’s West to meet an increasing demand for workers in one of Australia’s fastest growing and under-serviced industries.

    Read about the Cybersecurity Centre

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Hear from our students

  • Monika Mathur at a computer in the Cybersecurity training centre

    “I have done my Master of Computer Applications. I chose to study the Certificate IV in Cybersecurity to update my skills in IT. The cybersecurity industry is booming nowadays. There are many challenges in this industry, which is quite exciting. The most valuable thing is no doubt the knowledge and confidence we get every day going through assessments and hands-on projects.”

    Certificate IV in Cybersecurity – Monika Mathur

  • Justin Petch with a young child in the garden

    “My courses allowed me to undertake five work placements over my 18 months of training. Each one was very different and gave me the opportunity to hone my skills and knowledge in various learning environments. I was offered casual work from my first placement and by the time I was in the sixth month of my Certificate III, I was working on all my class-free days.”

    Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Diploma of Early Childhood Education – Justen Petch

  • Sarah Sims

    “I enjoy the practical side of my course – I like the hands-on experience. We have three different cookery teachers and they all bring something unique to the table. My teachers helpful and are willing to teach us even things that are outside of the course content.”

    Certificate III in Commercial Cookery – Sarah Sims

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