Skills First Victoria

Skills First Victoria

Knights College (RTO Toid: 41269) delivers training with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding, under the Skills First program. The funding only applies for eligible Victorian students. The funding is not a loan; unlike other government funding, like HELP loans, you won’t have to pay it back.

Check eligibility for funded course

For more information please phone 03 8580 6017 or contact us

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.
  • 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.

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 Knights College on 03 8580 6017 to make an appointment with our course consultants to further discuss your tuition fee options.

Don’t hesitate to call one of Knights College’s friendly course consultants if you have any questions.

From 1 January 2023, you need to meet these requirements to be eligible for Skills First Subsidised training.


You must be:

  • an Australian Citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident, or
  • a New Zealand citizen

Physical Location

You must be physically present in Victoria while participating in training and assessment.

Course Limits

Skills First funding is limited to:

  • two courses at a time
  • two course in a year

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