How to calculate your VET/TAFE fees depending on your type of place.

Find out more about fees for the following:

  • Government-subsidised places
  • full-fee paying places
  • international-student places.

Type of place in a VET/TAFE course

Through the Skills First training program, which makes vocational training more accessible, eligible students can apply for a government-subsidised place.

If successful, the government will contribute to the cost of your tuition fee.

Your fees will consist of the following:

Find out if you're eligible for a government-subsidised place.

You may be able to access a concession rate for your fees if you match the following criteria:

  • government-subsidised student
  • enrolled in a course at Certificate IV level or lower
  • concession-card holder.

 Eligible concession cards:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card (holder or named dependent)
  • Pensioner Concession Card (holder or named dependent)
  • Veteran Gold Card (holder)

If you meet these requirements, you will be charged the concession rate. This rate is equivalent to 20% of the VET tuition fee payable by non-concession students in a government-subsidised place for your course.

You cannot apply for a government concession if you are enrolling into a course as a full-fee or international student.

Applying for a fee concession

To receive a concession on your tuition fees, you need to provide current concession-card details as outlined following.

  • Attach a copy of your concession card to your enrolment form.
  • The date of the card must cover the start date of the course (first unit start date).
  • The concession card must be applied to the enrolment by the invoice due date or the first unit start date, whichever date is later.
  • You must present your concession card each academic year and for any additional enrolment.

Indigenous student concessions

Under the Indigenous Completions Initiative, Indigenous students pay only the concession rate equivalent to 20% of the VET tuition fee for government-subsidised training at any level, including at diploma level and above.

Indigenous students and full-time Indigenous apprentices may access ABSTUDY payments through the Australian Government. ABSTUDY helps Indigenous Australians who are studying with costs such as:

  • education
  • accommodation
  • living
  • fares to travel to your place of study each term or semester if you need to study away from home
  • prescription medicine.

Our Moondani Balluk Academic Unit provides help, advice and support to Indigenous Australians applying for a course.

Phone: +61 3 9919 2836
Email: moondani.balluk@vu.edu.au

If you are not eligible for a government-subsidised place, you will be charged the full-fee tuition rate for all enrolled hours.

This amount includes material fees and your Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF), and will be the total cost of the course.

As an international student, you are required to pay for each semester by the due date on your statement of account (invoice).

The fee per semester is stated on your course page - see all international TAFE courses.

If you need to repeat a unit, that unit will be charged per contact hour in addition to your semester rate.

How to calculate the cost of your course

To calculate your tuition fees, search for your course code in the 2019 VET/TAFE course fee schedule PDF, and calculate the total indicative fees using this formula:

Indicative enrolled hours x student tuition fee per enrolled hour = indicative student tuition fee for course

In this example, we've used CHC42015 Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing.

Example: A full-fee student enrolled in Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing.
923 enrolled hours x $12.50 student tuition fee per enrolled hour = $11,537.50 indicative student tuition fee for course.

This table shows examples for full-fee places, government-subsidised places, and the concession rate.

Type of place

National Course Code

Indicative number
of enrolled hours

Student tuition fee 
per enrolled hour

Indicative student tuition 
fee for course

Full-fee

CHC42015

923

$12.50

$11,537.50

Government-subsidised

CHC42015

923

$3.50

$3,230.50

Concession rate

CHC42015

923

$3.50 x 0.2 = $0.70

$646.10