Course Fees & Funding

Skills First Government Funded Child Care Courses in Victoria

Skills First Program

You may be eligible for Government Subsidised Training whilst studying a Nationally Recognised Qualification with Think Academy of Business & Technology (TABT). For those who are eligible, it’s a fantastic opportunity to upskill and gain a qualification at a fraction of the usual cost.


You must meet all criteria below:

  • ✅ Be Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen.
  • ✅ Have a physical presence in Victoria while undertaking the Qualification
  • ✅ “Upskilling Requirement” – Candidate seeking to enrol in a nationally recognised qualification that is at a higher level than the highest qualification they have previously completed.*

* Note, for people under 20 years of age, this restriction does not apply.

(Please note: age is your age as at 1st January in the year in which you are starting the course).

Other important points

  • ✅ You can commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses in one year.
  • ✅ You can commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses at the same level within the AQF (for example two Diploma level qualifications) in your lifetime.
  • ✅ You can undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses through the Skills First Program at any one time.
  • ✅ If you’re already enrolled in a course that’s scheduled to commence later in the year, this course counts towards your annual/lifetime total.
  • ✅ People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
  • ✅ Foundation courses (ESL, General Education, VCAL etc.) and VET courses completed at school may not count as your highest completed qualification.
  • ✅ Vocational Graduate Certificates and Vocational Graduate Diplomas are considered to be at a higher level than a Bachelor degree.
  • ✅ Prisoners, people on remand, and mental health inpatients are not eligible for the Skills First Program.
  • ✅ Students who are currently enrolled in a school (including home schooling) are not eligible for the Skills First Program.
  • ✅ Please note that accessing this funding could impact access to further government subsidised training.

JobTrainer Funding

TABT has only been granted 20 JobTrainer places in 2022, so places are strictly limited. JobTrainer Funding is available to people only enrolling in our:

✅ Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or:

✅ Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

To access JobTrainer funding, you will need to be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, and must be:

✅ 17 to 24 years old when the course starts; or

✅ a job seeker of any age (a job seeker is a person who holds a current Concession Card or is currently unemployed).

Note: To be eligible, you must not have commenced a full qualification under JobTrainer before.

Eligibility for JobTrainer Funding is similar to Skills First Government Funding (see above); however, there are two big differences:

✅ You don’t have to be ‘upskilling’ (so you can hold a higher qualification and still access this funding).

✅ The ‘two qualifications at a level in a lifetime’ limit does not apply.

If you haven’t been eligible for government funding in the past, you may qualify for the JobTrainer funding initiative.  Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity – chat with one of our consultants today to see if you are eligible for a government-funded place.

For more information about Job Trainer Funding, kindly refer to https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/s/jobtrainer

Fees for government funded courses

Candidates may be required to pay a co-contribution depending on the qualification being undertaken. To find out the applicable student contribution by course, please refer to Student Tuition Fee:


Concessions on tuition fees for government-subsidised training places are available for:

  • ✅ Commonwealth Health Care Card holders, their dependant children and dependant spouses.
  • ✅ Pensioner Concession Card holders, their dependent children and dependant spouses
  • ✅ Veteran’s Gold Card holders (but not their dependants)
  • ✅ Indigenous persons*

The concession rate is 20% of Think Academy of Business and Technology’s published standard enrolment fee for applicants who meet the government-subsidised funding criteria.

*Please note, for indigenous students only, the concession rate applies to all course levels (Certificate IV – Advanced Diploma).

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Please refer to Think Academy of Business and Technology’s Student Information Handbook for information on our Fees, Charges and Refund Policy and our Complaints and Appeals Policy and information on all student services and amenities. You can also see our Online Service Standards.

Tuition fee exemptions

Tuition fee exemptions (i.e. nothing to pay out of pocket) may be available for:

  • ✅ those under the Young People Transitioning from Care initiative (must present a referral from with enrolment)
  • ✅ young people on non-custodial community based orders (must present a letter confirming status from the Youth Justice Unit of the Department of Human Services with your enrolment)
  • ✅ prisoners from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre only (must present a letter confirming status from Centre management with your enrolment)

Financial hardship

Experiencing severe financial hardship? Get in touch with Think Academy of Business and Technology on 1300 795 056 to discuss your tuition fee options.

Don’t hesitate to call one of Think Academy of Business and Technology’s friendly Course Consultants if you have any questions.

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