People can now get the skills they need with the biggest change to TAFE and skills training in Victoria’s history.

Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines welcomed the announcement in the State Budget that, from 2019, TAFE courses in priority areas will be free for students across Victoria.

More than ever, the skills required for high-demand jobs are learned at TAFE but the cost of training can act as a barrier to getting the right skills. The State Budget breaks down that barrier, delivering $172 million to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses in these growth industries free.

From 1 January 2019, Free TAFE for Priority Courses pays tuition fees for priority courses for students who are eligible for government-subsidised training.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses will initially be available for 20 priority non-apprenticeship courses, state-wide, with a further 10 priority courses to be confirmed following consultation with industry, in time for students to enrol for the 2019 training year.

A further 18 Victorian Government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (also known as pre apprenticeships) will be free under the program.

The Victorian Budget will give Victorians the means to undertake a quality, accredited TAFE qualification, and get good, skilled jobs.

TAFE institutes, including universities that offer TAFE courses, across Victoria will take enrolments later in 2018 for Free TAFE for Priority Courses that begin in 2019.

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Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“This is the biggest overhaul of TAFE, skills and training in Victoria’s history – it will make sure all Victorians can get the training they need for a good job, building our state.”

“We all know the Liberals slashed TAFE and closed campuses, including Greensborough, which Labor re-opened. T but this Budget continues Labor’s work to restore TAFE and make it stronger than ever.”

“This record investment will ensure locals have the right skills in the right industries – the ones that are growing rapidly and creating jobs to support strong economic growth and a fairer society.”

“Free TAFE for Priority Courses will reduce the financial barrier for local students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs that are most in demand from Victorian employers. “

Quotes attributable to Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney MP

“Across Victoria, TAFE-qualified Victorians are building our state, and caring for our loved ones. We’ll give every Victorian the opportunity to get new skills and secure a good job.”