Domestic Students

Government Funded Programs

Are you an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident with a passion for learning or an urgent need to up-skill?
If you are, you might be eligible to study under a Government funded program. Your tuition fee will be heavily subsidised under the Skills First Program.

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Yorke is an approved provider under the 2022 Skills First program. A key focus of the program is to make sure that the training delivery is closely aligned to Government priorities and industry needs and only quality training providers have been granted the Skills First Funding which means that there is a commitment from the Government to ensure that training will be delivered to a high standard.
If you meet the eligibility criteria for a funded program, take advantage of this amazing opportunity to change your career path or upskill with Yorke.
The fees you are charged at Yorke depend on whether you are eligible for Government Funding concession. Where government subsidised training is provided, this training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees for each course are displayed on the individual course pages and are indicative only. They may change from time to time.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to access training subsidised through the Skills First Program

Eligibility Criteria List for Skills First Program

  1. Meet Australian/New Zealand citizenship/Permanent residency requirements.
  2. Must meet ‘up skilling’ requirements for certain cohorts.
  3. Commence a maximum of 2 government subsidised courses in 2018.
  4. Undertake a maximum of 2 government subsidised courses at any one time in 2018.
  5. Commence a maximum of 2 government subsidised courses at the same level within the AQF in their lifetime (Qualifications listed on the Foundation Skills list will not be counted towards the AQF level requirement, the Foundation Skills qualifications are included in the 2 qualification a year guideline).
  6. Commence a maximum 2 government subsidised accredited courses with the title “Course in … ” in their lifetime.

Who is eligible for subsidised training under Smart and Skilled?

If you are: 15 years old or over, and no longer at school, and living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas), and an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen or a NSW apprentice or trainee you may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.
Your eligibility for specific courses depends on your previous qualifications: If you haven’t completed a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification, you’re entitled to enrol in a subsidised course up to Certificate III level. You can enrol in subsidised training in targeted priority areas at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, depending on the availability of funding for these courses. Having completed a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification does not affect eligibility. NSW apprentices and most new-entrant trainees are eligible for a government subsidy for the training that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship. Their previous qualifications do not affect their eligibility.
Please read the explanatory notes:

  • In a year and 2 at a time: determining the number of courses in which an individual is eligible to commence/undertake in 2018

Explanatory Notes:

The following scenarios will not be counted towards the course maximum outlined above
  • if an individual is transitioning from a superseded qualification to the current version of the same qualification;
  • if an individual is recommencing training in the same qualification (at either the same or a different provider); or
  • if an individual is seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship (not traineeship) after having participated in one of the Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway Qualifications identified at Attachment 2 to these Guidelines
2 at level: determining the number of courses previously commenced
The following commencements are not taken into account:
  • The Victorian Certificate of Education; Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate or Senior); International Baccalaureate Diploma; and senior secondary school certificates from other Australian jurisdictions;
  • Qualifications listed in the Foundation Skills List (Attachment 1 to these Guidelines);
  • Any VET certificates undertaken as part of a senior secondary qualification (including School Based Apprenticeships/Traineeships);
  • Where an individual is transitioning from a superseded qualification to the current version of the same qualification; and
  • Where an individual is recommencing training in the same qualification (at either the same or a different provider)

For further relevant information on Skills First Program please read the links below

Student who do not meet the eligibility criteria are welcome to make application to study any of the courses on our scope. You will be charged the Fee for Service cost for local students.
For more information on Yorke and our support services, please review our Student Information Handbook
If you would like to enrol at Yorke please read our Enrolment Policy and Procedure