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). Eligibility rules have changed. You can now study our Victorian and Commonwealth Governments Funded Child Care courses regardless of your prior qualification.


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

Other important points

  • ✅ You can commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses in one year.
  • ✅ You can undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses through the Skills First Program at any one time.
  • ✅ 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.
  • ✅ 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.

Fees for government funded Child Care 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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