Many of our courses are made available through funding provided by local state Government. You may be eligible for a funding program to study with ETEA. As there are many funding options available, it is important we speak to you personally about what option is best for you.

Please call our admissions team for guidance through this process.

For information about Traineeship and Apprenticeship qualifications, please visit Australian Apprenticeships Pathways.


Please note:

Your eligibility will be determined by ETEA when you enroll, but at a minimum, you must be:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • a holder of a permanent visa; or
  • a New Zealand citizen

To find about more please contact us on 131389

Funding Information for

VIC Course Fees 2017

The Victorian Skills First Program 2017  (We are not taking any new students at this time under this contract)

The following information is only relevant to the students who started their funded courses in 2017

The Victorian Skills First Program is making vocational education and training more accessible to people who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.

There are now a number of government subsidised training places available to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Am I eligible for a government subsidised training place?

ETEA is an approved provider under the Victorian Skills First Program. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding and is available for eligible Victorian students. To be eligible, an individual must meet the Victorian Skills First Program requirements as follows:

The individual must be either:
* an Australian citizen; or
* a holder of a permanent visa; or
* a New Zealand citizen; and
* under 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training; or
* over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement oftraining) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training as an Apprentice (not Trainee); or * over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training in a course that is at a higher qualification level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled commencement of training.

Before making a decision to enrol in any Certificate III dual program, students are advised that this will exhaust your funding at Certificate III level and you will not be eligible for any more funding at this level. This applies even if you do not complete one or both of the qualifications.

Test your eligibility by clicking the following link:

* an individual is eligible to commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses in 2017.
* an individual is eligible to undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses at any one time in 2017.
* a student may only commence two qualifications of the same level in their lifetime.
* An individual is not eligible for government subsidised training under the VET Funding Contract if the individual is:
a) a student enrolled in a school (excluding a School Based Apprentice/Trainee). b) within the meaning of the Corrections Act 1986, a prisoner held at a prison, including but not limited to: i) Hopkins Correctional Centre (Ararat) ii) Barwon Prison iii) Beechworth Prison iv) Dame Phyllis Frost Centre v) Dhurringile Prison vi) Langi Kal Kal Prison vii) Loddon Prison viii) Marngoneet Correctional Centre ix) Tarrengower Prison x) Metropolitan Remand Centre xi) Melbourne Assessment Prison xii) Fulham Correctional Centre xiii) Port Phillip Prison c) A person who is detained under the Mental Health Act 1986; or the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 or the Sentencing Act 1991 at the Thomas Embling Hospital. d) A person who is detained (other than on weekend detention) under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 or the Sentencing Act 1991 or who is held on remand in one of the following youth justice facilities:
i) Malmsbury Juvenile Justice Centre ii) Parkville Youth Residential Centre iii)) Melbourne Youth Justice Centre

Evidence Required

To prove your eligibility for a Government funding, one document from category 1 and one document from category 2 below must be produced and sighted upon enrolment, and you must sign the Victorian Skills First Program 2017 Evidence of student eligibility and student declaration.
1. Australian Citizenship/ Residency Australian Birth Certificate Current Australian Passport Australian Naturalisation Certificate Current New Zealand Passport Permanent Resident Documentation Temporary Protection Visa Green Medicare Card

2. Proof of Age/Date of Birth Birth Certificate Current Passport (Australian or Other Country) Current Driver’s Licence or Learner’s Permit Proof of Age Card

Remember You must bring the original documents to office before the start date of your course or your enrollment may be cancelled.

For more information visit

Smart and Skilled

To access the Smart and Skilled website click here.
Are you eligible? Check here.

ETEA is approved for the following qualifications under the Smart and Skilled program:

  • Smart and Skilled Entitlement Full Qualifications Program & Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program Approved Qualifications: qualifications
  • Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities Full Qualifications Program Approved Qualifications: qualifications

Enrolment Process
STEP 1) An ETEA staff member will conduct a pre training interview with all prospective students. This discussion covers:

  • What it the most suitable qualification to meet the student’s needs.
  • Provide information and assistance to gain a USI
  • Determine if the student is eligible for funding under Smart and Skilled
  • Fees and charges
  • The RPL and Credit Transfer process
  • Consumer protection information
  • Withdrawal/Deferral process and procedure
  • How to access and contact support services
  • Key personnel at ETEA
  • Any obligations or and terms and agreements of funding contracts (if applicable)
  • course delivery, assessment and structure
  • location of the course

STEP 2) The student is to then complete an enrolment form and declaration, LLN and provide proof of identification, this must include photo ID, current residential address, signature and date of birth. For e.g. Green Medicare and driver’s license. If eligible for Smart and Skilled funding the student must also complete the Consent to use and disclosure of personal information the department of education and communities and other government agencies” form.
STEP 3) The ETEA representative conducting the enrolment will use the Provider Calculator to validate the student’s eligibility for Smart and Skilled if it has been deemed that they may be eligible.
STEP 4) For students with Smart and Skilled eligibility the ETEA representative will then generate the Notification of Enrolment and generate the student Commitment ID. A copy of this process is kept in the student file.


All students due to complete their qualification in 2015 are now required by the Federal Government to register for a Unique Student Identifier (USI).
The USI is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Industry, which allows an individual access to their training results from all providers including all completed training units and qualifications.
The USI will make it easier for students to find and collate their VET achievements into a single authenticated transcript. It will also ensure that students’ VET records are not lost.
The USI will be is available online and at no cost to the student and will stay with the student for life. Visit our USI Page for more information.

Call us on 02 9260 0400 and we can explain the options available to you and your employees.

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