Fees and costs

Fees and costs

The WA State Government, through the Department, funds a significant share of the vocational education and training delivered in Western Australia.

Training providers delivering this publicly funded training must follow the Department’s VET fees and charges policy which sets out the fees that apply to your course. By subsidising the cost of training in this way, we are helping to ensure that training is accessible for everyone in our community.

Subsidised training

Through Future Skills WA, over 600 State priority courses are subsidised by the Government of Western Australia creating opportunities for people to gain valuable skills and qualifications that secure jobs and build successful careers.

You can find out more about subsidised courses available through Future Skills WA here.

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Types of fees

There are three types of fees that training providers can charge; course fees, resource fees and other fees.

  • Course fees

    Course fees are determined by multiplying the applicable course fee rate by the nominal hours for each unit in the course that you enrol in.

  • Resource fees

    Resource fees are charges for materials or resources that are essential to a course or unit but you don’t have to purchase them yourself.

    For example, if you are required to use specialist safety equipment such as protective clothing for a nursing course – the disposable gowns, masks and gloves would be supplied by the training provider but you would pay for these through your resource fees.

  • Other fees

    Training providers may charge students other fees for items that are non-essential to the course; for example, car parking or a security pass.

    These fees will vary, and in some cases will not apply.

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Help with fees

There are several ways you may be able to get assistance with your course fees.

VET Student Loans

Eligible students can apply to get a loan to pay for their fees through the Commonwealth Government’s VET Student Loans scheme. The loan is to cover fees for eligible Government subsidised courses at the Diploma or Advanced Diploma level. Under this scheme, once you’re employed and your income exceeds a set level, you start repaying the loan through the tax system.

VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017 and replaced the VET FEE-HELP scheme. As part of the transition, existing VET FEE-HELP students can opt-in to continue receiving a VET FEE-HELP loan in 2017.

For more information contact your training provider, visit the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loans website or contact the student hotline on 1800 020 108.

Concession rates

The following students are eligible for a concession rate on fees for training up to Certificate IV level:

  • holders (and their dependants) of either a pensioner concession, repatriation health benefits or health care card;
  • recipients (and their dependants) of AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance;
  • inmates of a custodial institution (and their dependants); and
  • students born on or after 1 July 1999 who are at least 15 years of age.

The concession rate does not apply to foundation skills and equity courses, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses, and existing worker trainees.

Training provider help

If you are unable to pay your course fees up front, you may be able to work out a payment plan with your training provider so that you can pay by instalments.

In circumstances where a student is experiencing severe financial difficulties, a training provider can choose to waive the course fees.

You’ll need to talk to your training provider about these options.

Financial assistance for apprentices

Apprentices in certain trades may be eligible for financial assistance such as allowances for the cost of tools, incentives for wage top-ups and allowances for living away from home. Travel and accommodation allowances may also be available to lessen the cost of the training component of your apprenticeship.

Your Australian Apprenticeship Services Network provider will be able to provide you with assistance, or visit the AASN website for more information.

Further information

For more detailed information about how fees and charges are applied to VET training funded by the Department, please refer to our current VET fees and charges policy.

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Page last updated December 07, 2016