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Skills First Program

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The Skills First Program is the way that training providers are contracted in Victoria to deliver government-subsidised training to individuals.

Courses available under the Skills First Funding:

Eligibility Guidelines


A student must be either:

  • an Australian citizen

  • a holder of a permanent visa, or

  • a New Zealand citizen

Physically present in Victoria or a border region

A student must be undertaking all training and assessment while physically present in:

  • the State of Victoria; or

  • a border region with one of the following postcodes:

2546 5262,5263
2548 – 2551 5267 – 5272
2625 – 2633 5277 – 5279
2640 – 2648 5290, 5291
2650, 2651, 2653, 2655, 2656 5302 – 5304
2658 – 2660 5311, 5333, 5340
2700, 2707 5342 – 5345
2710 – 2717
2730 – 2739

The ‘2 Skill Sets in a year’ and ‘2 AQF qualifications in a year’ limits

  • In a calendar year, a student may only commence a maximum of 2:

  • Skills First subsidised Skill Sets; and

  • Skills First subsidised programs that are AQF qualifications

The following scenario Do not count the following when determining if a student meets these limits:

  • transitioning from a superseded program to the current version of the same program;

  • recommencing training in the same program (at either the same or a different provider);

  • enrolling in an Apprenticeship (not Traineeship) after having participated in one of the programs identified as a ‘Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway Program’ on the Funded Programs Report;

  • participation in ‘22510VIC – Course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk’; or

  • participation in Literacy and Numeracy Support Units.

The ‘2 at a time’ limit

  • A student may only commence a maximum of 2 Skills First subsidised programs at any one time.

  • Do not count the following when determining if a student meets this limit:

    • 22510VIC – Course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk’; or
    • Literacy and Numeracy Support Units

To know more about eligibility please refer to the eligibility document.


These guidelines describe the requirements about tuition fees and other fees associated with Skills First training, and the financial and accountability requirements for fees.

To know more about the fees, please refer to the fee document.

Skills First quality charter

This charter explains what the department expects from training providers in their provision of key aspects of training services under the contract.

To know more please click here.

Our team is here to help you with any questions you have, call us on 1800 22 52 83


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