Eligibility for the Skills First Program

BRACE delivers training with Victorian Government Funding (eligibility criteria apply). The Skills First Program is designed to enable students get the skills they need to make them job-ready or undertake further education as well as encourage participation in training to disadvantaged, learners. BRACE team can assist in determining your eligibility for Government Funding and can provide information on all available options to you. We observe equity and access principles and recruit students at all times in an ethical and responsible manner consistent with the requirements of courses.

Are you eligible for government subsidised training under the Skills First Program?

You may be eligible for government subsidised training in the State of Victoria under the Skills First Program, if you meet these criteria.

Citizenship

To be eligible for Skills First training, you must be:
  • an Australian citizen; or

  • an Australian permanent resident, or

  • a New Zealand citizen;

  • be physically present in the State of Victoria at all times at which they are undertaking the training and assessment

Age

  • 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 of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training in a Foundation Skills List course; 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 as an Apprentice (not Trainee)

  • 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.

How much Skillls First training can I do?

There are also limits on how much Skills First training you can do. The limits are:

  • You can't start* more than 2 qualifications in a year

  • You can’t start* more than 2 skill sets in a year

  • You can't do more than 2 Skills First qualifications or skill sets at the same time

  • If you’ve already started* up to two government-subsidised qualifications at the same level in your lifetime you can’t do another Skills First qualification at that level

These limits encourage you to make informed decisions about your training and employment opportunities, and finish your training.

*This includes courses you start but don't finish.

In addition you may still be eligible for Skills First Funding under the below initiatives.

Eligibility exemptions

There are some Skills First courses where some of the eligibility criteria don’t apply or may be granted an exemption. For more information contact BRACE on 03 9781 3388.

Asylum seekers

If you are an asylum seeker, you may be eligible under the Asylum seeker VET program. For more information contact BRACE on 03 9781 3388.

JobTrainer

JobTrainer is a joint Commonwealth and State government initiative. It provides additional funding to increase access to free or low fee training for young and jobseekers, and in priority programs. A person can participate in JobTrainer if they are either:
  • 17-24 years old when the program starts or

  • A job seeker of any age (defined for the purpose of JobTrainer, as someone who holds a concession card or is unemployed)

  • Enrolling in a JobTrainer priority program.