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 – your training provider will be able to give you information about the fees for your particular course.

Subsidised training

Through Jobs and Skills WA, some 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  Jobs and Skills WA here.



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 that are considered essential to a course or unit of study, but are not part of the course fee. The resource fee(s) cover items purchased by the training provider that you need to use for your course; such as workshop materials, workbooks and essential uniforms.

  • 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.


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.

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
  • in 2018, students born on or after 1 July 2000 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 (except where specified), 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.

Page last updated December 21, 2017