Managing Director of Federation Training, Jonathan Davis, is pleased to confirm the eligibility requirements for people enrolling in government-funded TAFE courses, which will mean lower fees for some students, will be continuing into 2017.

The reforms, which are exclusive to Victorian TAFEs, mean that students who were previously ineligible for government-funded places in TAFE courses, may now be eligible.

“The removal of some key eligibility restrictions by the state government will benefit many Gippsland locals, with more people able to attend TAFE at lower cost in order to reskill, retrain and upskill,” Mr Davis said.

Federation Training is the only publicly funded TAFE in Gippsland. With ten campuses throughout the region and flexible learning options, Federation Training provides local communities access to a range of vocational training and educational opportunities.

By making vocational training more affordable to the local community, the state government aims to increase access to vocational education and boost Victorian TAFE enrolments. Previously, many students were ineligible to undertake a government funded course if they fell into one of the following categories:

  • Students who have already received government funding for two courses (at the same level);
  • Students who held an existing qualification of the same level or higher, who were seeking to undertake a new course.

The increased opportunity for people to obtain new skills via vocational education also stands to benefit the wider Gippsland community, particularly for locals who have been displaced within their current employment industry. Renewed incentive to return to TAFE means that people in this situation now have improved opportunity to retrain, maximising their ability to adapt in changing industries, and varying economic circumstances.

“This comes at a perfect time, in light of the Hazelwood mine closure, for Federation Training to be in a position to offer locals the ability to retrain.

It’s great that more local people now have access to government-funded places in our courses,” Mr Davis said.

“These changes will further help Gippsland emerge as a highly trained, highly employable community.”

People interested in discussing eligibility for government-funded courses can call 1300 133 717.