Fees and funding

Most of our programs are eligible for Victorian government funding (Skills First Program and the JobTrainer Initiative). If you are eligible for a government subsidised place, it can cover the majority, if not all of your course costs. Your enrolment will be reported after the cooling off period and you have confirmed that you wish to use government funding. Bring your driver’s license and Medicare card (or Australian/NZ passport) if you wish to access funding.

Skills First Government Funding

You may be eligible for a government-subsidised place through the Skills First Funding Program or JobTrainer Initiative. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training. To check your individual eligibility or if you want further course information call/email the office. There are limitations to using Victorian government funding, you need to make sure you are using your funding for the right course, as it may affect your access to future government funding.

Statement of Fees

Our complete list of fees for offered programs can be found here.

Skills First Funding Eligibility Criteria

Qualifications

  1. You must live in Victoria and be an Australian citizen, OR permanent resident or a New Zealand Citizen
  2. You must be up-skilling to a higher qualification than you already hold (unless under 20 at the 1st of January this year). We have limited exemptions we can use for this eligibility criteria 
  3. You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised qualifications in one year
  4. You can undertake up to two government-subsidised programs (Qualification or Skill set) at one time
  5. You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. We have limited exemptions we can use for this eligibility criteria
  6. At SIU we require you to be 17 and over and not enrolled in high school to access funding 

*Funding rules may differ slightly for courses on the foundations skills list and apprenticeships. Other eligibility exemptions or eligibility criteria may apply.

Cooling Off Period Qualifications

We report your government funded place after attending your second session

Skill Sets

  1. You must live in Victoria and be an Australian citizen, OR permanent resident or a New Zealand Citizen
  2. You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised skill sets in one year
  3. You can undertake up to two government-subsidised programs (Qualification or Skill set) at one time
  4. At SIU we require you to be 17 and over and not enrolled in high school to access funding

Cooling Off Period Skill Sets

We report your government funded place 24 hours after attending your first session or commencing online learning and assessment. 

*Funding rules may differ slightly for courses on the foundations skills list and apprenticeships.

Other eligibility exemptions or eligibility criteria may apply. 

JobTrainer Eligibility Criteria

JobTrainer is a joint Commonwealth and State government initiative. It provides additional funding to increase access to free or low fee training for young people and job seekers, and in priority programs. JobTrainer complements existing Skills First
training.

SIU currently has access to limited JobTrainer places for the following programs:

  • SIT30616 Certificate III Hospitality – Qualification 
  • SITSS00051 Food Safety Supervision – Skill Set
  • SITSS00048 Espresso Machine Operation – Skill Set
  • SITSS00055 – Responsible Service of Alcohol  – Skill Set 

JobTrainer – Qualifications 

If you are not eligible for Skills First funding for an approved JobTrainer qualification because you did NOT meet the “upskilling” requirement or “two at a level in a life time”, you may be eligible for an exemption under the JobTrainer Initiative.

  1. You must live in Victoria and be an Australian citizen, OR permanent resident or a New Zealand Citizen
  2. Be 17 to 24 years old   OR a Job seeker of any age OR enrolling in a JobTrainer priority program (SIU doss not have priority programs)
  3. You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised qualifications in one calendar year 
  4. You can undertake up to two government-subsidised programs (Qualification or Skill set) at one time
  5. You can only enrol in 1 JobTrainer funded qualification in your life time
  6. At SIU we require you to be 17 and over and not enrolled in high school to access funding 

Other eligibility criteria and/or exemptions may apply.  

JobTrainer – Skill Sets 

If using JobTrainer funding for a skill sets we must waive tuition fees.

  1. You must live in Victoria and be an Australian citizen, OR permanent resident or a New Zealand Citizen
  2. Be 17 to 24 years old   OR a Job seeker of any age, 
  3. You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised skill sets in one calendar year 
  4. You can undertake up to two government-subsidised programs (Qualification or Skill set) at one time
  5. You can only enrol in 1 JobTrainer funded skill set in your life time
  6. At SIU we require you to be 17 and over and not enrolled in high school to access funding 

Other eligibility criteria and/or exemptions may apply. Asylum seekers who meet the eligibility criteria for the Asylum Seeker VET Program may also enrol under JobTrainer if they meet the participation criteria.  

Concession

 Concession discounts can be applied to Tuition Fees for skills sets and qualifications at a certificate IV level and below.

A concession discount is 20% of the published tuition fee. 

You are eligible for a concession discount if you hold either:

  • Health Care Card issued by the Commonwealth, or
  • Pensioner Concession Card, or
  • Veteran’s Gold Card, or
  • A student who is a dependant spouse or dependent child of a card holder is also entitled to a concession. The dependant is
    usually listed on the card, or
  • Self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, for training at any level, or
  • Are referred to training under the Asylum Seeker VET Program for training at Certificate IV level or below, or
  • Eligible to participate in the JobTrainer Program 

If no Tuition fees a charged we will not your report your enrolment as concession even if eligible, as no discount is required. 

 

Payment Plans

If you are not covered by government funding we offer payment plans.

You will receive an itemised invoice with your total course cost. After receiving the invoice, our finance team will send you a link to complete a “Gocardless” direct debit request.

Direct debits are $50 per week (charged each Wednesday) until the course is paid in its entirety. Certificates will not be able to be released until full payment is made.