Am I eligible for fee-free courses?


Tradies are so essential that the government is currently helping more people to get into trades.

Government subsidies have been around for years, but recently the government has even made some courses fee-free for eligible students.

If you’ve been thinking of doing one of our building and construction courses, now is the time to dive right in.

What is Free TAFE for Priority Courses?

Free TAFE for Priority Courses is a government program that lets you do some courses for free.

The purpose of the program is to encourage people to get jobs in the industries where we need more workers.

This means that if you do a Free TAFE for a priority course, you’ll be studying for a line of work where there are lots of jobs available.

The program started in 2019, but it’s been such a raging success that they’re still continuing it and adding new courses every year.

At the time of writing this, 87,000 students have started a free TAFE course. That’s a total of $204 million in savings for students.

Like the sound of a free qualification in a line of work with plenty of jobs? It’s time to sign up for free TAFE.

Fee-free courses in building and construction

Although BAA is not a TAFE, we’re a registered training provider (RTO) that partners with the government to offer fee-free courses.

Our popular fee-free courses include:

Am I eligible for Fee-free TAFE Courses?

To do a Free TAFE Priority Course, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Australian citizen or permanent resident or New Zealand citizen
  • under 20 or upskilling
  • 20 or older and enrolling in a course that is a higher qualification than your current highest
  • Victorians who need additional support.

You can also be eligible if you’re a Victorian who is:

  • unemployed and part of the Jobs Victoria Employment Network
  • a retrenched worker
  • an automotive supply chain worker
  • looking to change careers.

Not sure if you’re eligible? Give us a call on 1300 534 363 and we’ll help you work it out.

Interested in other available courses?

Is your favourite course not included in the free TAFE for priority courses? You may still be eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training

As part of the Victorian Skills First program, the government will subsidise qualification considered in a skill need area or skill shortage.

At BAA, we’re experts in government funding for our courses and we can advise you.

Get in touch and speak to a course advisor about the course you want to do and we’ll help you work out if you’re eligible for subsidies.

Why choose BAA?

Builders Academy Australia is one of the biggest and most trusted registered training providers specialising in building and construction courses.

We’ve trained hundreds of tradies across Melbourne and regional Victoria, so we know our stuff.

Here are some reasons to choose BAA:

  • Winners of Victoria’s 2018 Small Training Provider of the Year
  • Have trained over 6,000 qualified tradies
  • Over 70 locations 
  • Online study options for remote or busy tradies
  • Trainers with real building experience
  • We connect you with employers 

Choose a fee-free course and you too can become a happy graduate of BAA. 

Not sure if you’re eligible for free TAFE? Give us a call today on 1300 534 363 (1300 LEGEND) or complete the online form, and one of our course advisors will get in touch soon.