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Funding and support for TAFE students

Funding and support options for TAFE students during coronavirus (COVID-19).

Working for Victoria initiative

On 21 March 2020, the Premier announced a $500 million Working for Victoria fund.

This initiative will see 300 new apprentices and trainees, aged between 15 and 24, placed with public sector employers across the state including local councils, hospitals, schools, TAFEs and water authorities.

The fund will connect workers with new jobs that will support our state's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This program includes retraining and certifying workers for direct employment now and to have skills for the post- coronavirus (COVID-19) economy.

Register your interest in jobs or training.

Support for the sector to recover

Current students will continue to have access to the training they need to get a job and help us get through the coronavirus crisis. New students, particularly those who find themselves in changed circumstances, will benefit from TAFEs increasing their online and remote learning. Business and industry will benefit from TAFEs' continued ability to produce graduates with the skills we need to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

TAFEs are a key partner in the Working for Victoria initiative, which helps Victorians who have lost their jobs due to the economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19), to find new work opportunities.

Read the Premier's press release: Skilling Up Victorians To Get Through The Coronavirus Crisis.

Emergency support for international students

On Wednesday, 29 April, the Victorian Government announced a $45 million International Student Emergency Relie f Fund

This fund supports international students facing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The fund provides one-off payments of up to $1,100 to vulnerable international students who have either:

  • lost their jobs
  • had a significant reduction to their employment as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19)

International students at universities, TAFEs, training organisations and Vocational Education Training (VET) providers may be eligible for this payment.

The one-off payment follows other support available to international students, including:

Support package for universities

This package will support universities and contribute to Victoria's economic recovery, recognising the critical importance of universities in rebuilding the economy after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Visit the Support package for universities page for information on:

  • the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund
  • payroll tax support
  • support for international students. 

Vocational education and training (VET) funding

The Department continues to meet its obligations to pay for eligible training services under the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Funding contract. 

All providers should ensure their student and training data is updated and submitted on Skills Victoria Training System (SVTS). 

Maintaining high-quality training provision

Under Skills First, the Victorian Government has set a high benchmark for training quality and qualifications that will lead Victorians to employment. Skills First includes significant investment in the ongoing monitoring of the quality of training by the Department. 

The Department continues to examine training data and will monitor any evidence of non-compliance under the VET Funding Contracts to reinforce expectations about quality training and expenditure at this time. 

The Victorian Government is making a concerted effort to ensure that its training providers understand their obligations to deliver quality training through a range of measures, including better information, free professional development training to be delivered online, facilitating best-practice guidance and hosting quality workshops.

Reviewed 30 November 2020

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