Government Funding

Government Funding 2018-09-03T10:40:58+00:00

Skills First Program

The Skills First Program is a Victorian Government initiative providing subsidized training for eligible individuals and aims to support those courses which are most likely to lead to employment.

Skills First offers real training for real jobs through the provision of high quality training which students and industry can trust, and is aligned to industry and workforce needs. It provides eligible individuals a fantastic opportunity to up-skill and improve their prospects of gaining employment.

It is funded with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding, as is subject to eligibility criteria outlined below.

Please note, this is subsidised training – the funding is NOT a loan.

Skills First funding Contact 2018-19

Integrity Education Group (‘IEG’) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO TOID 22401) and has a contract with the Department of Education and Training to deliver government subsidised training under the Skills First Program. The Training Services are provided to Eligible Individuals and the training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

The courses which attract the funding under the Skills First Program include the:

  • FNS40815 Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking.
  • FNS50315 Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management.
  • FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning.
  • FNS60415 Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning.

An eligible individual is an individual who is eligible for training subsidised through the Skills First Program in accordance with the eligibility requirements specified in this VET Funding Contract.  The specific criteria is listed below:

a) An individual must be either:

i) an Australian citizen;
ii) a holder of a permanent visa; or
iii) a New Zealand citizen;

b) Residing in Victoria and enrolling and commencing training in a course or qualification provided by the Training Provider between the Commencement Date and 31 December 2019 inclusive; and

c) Under 20 or upskilling (that is, are you seeking to enrol in a nationally recognised qualification that is at a higher level than the highest qualification you have previously completed)

i) under 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in nationally recognised training;

ii) over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in nationally recognised training in a Foundation Skills List course;

iii) over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in nationally recognised training as an Apprentice (not Trainee);

iv) over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in training in the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate or Senior); or

v) over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and enrolling in nationally recognised training in a course that is at a higher qualification level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled commencement of training.

In addition, an individual is only eligible to:

d) commence a maximum of two courses subsidised through the Skills First Program in a calendar year. Where an individual is enrolled in a course(s) that is scheduled to commence later in that calendar year, this course(s) must be counted for the purpose of this clause when assessing eligibility;

e) undertake a maximum of two courses subsidised through the Skills First Program at any one time;

f) commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses at the same level within the AQF in their lifetime; and

g) commence a maximum of two government subsidised accredited courses with the title ‘Course in…’ in their lifetime.

Please note that if you are eligible and chose to enrol under the Skills First Program this may impact your access to further government subsidised training.

Some exemptions are available to Individuals referred to training under initiatives or provisions, as outlined below:

Asylum Seeker VET Program

Individuals seeking to undertake training as part of the Asylum Seeker VET Program must meet all Entitlement to Funded Training eligibility criteria except the citizenship/residency requirements.

Individuals must be referred, via a ‘Referral to Government Subsidised Training – Asylum Seekers’ form, to a Training Provider by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre or the Australian Red Cross for training under the Asylum Seeker VET Program; or

If directly enrolling to a Training Provider under the Asylum Seeker VET Program, hold a valid Bridging Visa Class E (BVE), Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) or Temporary Protection Visa (TPV).

Retrenched employees

Individuals who have been retrenched from participating businesses must meet all Entitlement to Funded Training eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement.

Individuals referred to training under this extension of eligibility provision must present the Training Provider with a Training Referral Letter issued by a Regional Manager, Industry Engagement, Department of Education and Training.

Referred individuals must commence training within twelve months of the date shown on the Training Referral Letter.

Automotive Supply Chain Training Initiative 

Automotive supply chain employees must meet all Entitlement to Funded Training eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement.

Individuals referred to training under this extension of eligibility provision must present the Training Provider with an Automotive Supply Chain Initiative referral letter issued by a Regional Manager, Industry Engagement, Department of Education and Training.

Referred individuals must commence training within twelve months of the date shown on the Automotive Supply Chain Training Initiative referral letter.

An individual is NOT eligible for government subsidised training if the individual is:

a) a student enrolled in a school (excluding a school based Apprentice/Trainee). This includes any government, non-government, independent or Catholic school; or a student registered for home schooling in Victoria.

b) within the meaning of the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic), a prisoner held at a prison, including:

  • Hopkins Correctional Centre (Ararat);
  • Barwon Prison;
  • Beechworth Correctional Centre;
  • Dame Phyllis Frost Centre;
  • Dhurringile Prison;
  • Langi Kal Kal Prison;
  • Loddon Prison;
  • Marngoneet Correctional Centre;
  • Tarrengower Prison;
  • Metropolitan Remand Centre;
  • Melbourne Assessment Prison;
  • Fulham Correctional Centre; or
  • Port Phillip Prison;

c) a person who is detained under the Mental Health Act 1986 (Vic), or the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 (Vic) or the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) at the Thomas Embling Hospital; or

d) a person who is detained (other than on weekend detention) under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic) or the Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) or who is held on remand in one or more of the following youth justice facilities:

  • Malmsbury Juvenile Justice Centre;
  • Parkville Youth Residential Centre; or
  • Melbourne Youth Justice Centre

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees for each qualification can be found in the Statement of Fees.  The Statement of Fees includes details of any other fees including but not limited to student services, amenities, and goods or materials.  The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.  Additional Fees may apply on an individual enrolment basis.

Concession Tuition Fees

Concessions on tuition fees for Government-subsidised training places are available for the following eligible students for Certificate I – IV courses:

o    Commonwealth Health Care Card holders, and their dependent children and dependant spouses.

o    Pensioner Concession Card holders, and their dependent children and dependant spouses.

o    Veteran’s Gold Card holders (but not their dependants).

Concessions for applicants that meet the Government-subsidised funding criteria mean course fees payable are equal to 20 per cent of Integrity Education’s published standard Skills First Tuition fee.

Please note: Enrolment for eligible students is under the Skills First Program and may impact access to further Government-subsidised training.  For above Card Holders, concessions do not apply to Diploma and Advanced Diploma level qualifications.

Indigenous Completions Initiative

The concession rate of 20 per cent applies to all courses, irrespective of the course level, for individuals who self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Young People Transitioning from Care Initiative

If you are under the Young People Transitioning from Care initiative, you may be entitled to a tuition fee waiver at enrolment. You must present a ‘Young People Transitioning from Care’ referral form with your enrolment.

Young People on Community Based Order

If you are on a community based order (non-custodial) you may be entitled to a tuition fee waiver at enrolment. You must present a letter confirming your status from the Youth Justice Unit of the Department of Human Services with your enrolment.

Students from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre

If you are from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre only, you may be entitled to a tuition fee waiver at enrolment. You will be required to provide a letter from the management of the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre confirming your status.

Financial Hardship

If you are experiencing severe financial hardship, contact our office on 1300 400 346 to make an appointment with our course consultants to further discuss your tuition fee options.

Please note: Enrolment for eligible students is under the Victorian Training Guarantee and may impact access to further Government-subsidised training.

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