Fees & Fee Assistance

The Victorian Training Guarantee is an entitlement to a government-subsidised place in accredited vocational education and training for all courses, subject to eligibility guidelines. Students who are not eligible for government-subsidised training may choose to undertake fee for service training.

Fees can be made up of one or more of the following:

  1. Tuition fees are associated with the teaching and training elements of a course.
  2. Materials fees cover the cost of course materials and consumables, and excursion fees.
  3. Textbooks and stationery.

Fee for service fees are commercial fees calculated at a flat rate per course/unit enrolled.

For indicative fee rates relating to eligible, ineligible and concession holders for 2016 & 2017 courses please view the 2016 Tuition Fees here or the 2017 Tuition Fees here.

Student tuition fees are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For an individual quotation of fees payable, or to arrange the payment of fees please visit your nearest Federation Training Campus or contact us on 1300 133 717.

Other Charges

Replacement Statement of Results $15.00
Replacement Statement of Attainment $25.00
Replacement Certificate $40.00
Transfer of Red Card to C.I. Card $40.00

Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme

There are a number of incentives currently available to eligible employers of Australian Apprentices as well as personal benefit payments available to eligible Australian Apprentices.For information on the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme please visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/programmes/incentives or contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre.



VET FEE-HELP is available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at the diploma level and above.

You are eligible to apply for VET FEE‑HELP if you:

  • are an Australian citizen or permanent humanitarian visa holder (resident in Australia for the duration of the unit);


  • have not exceeded the FEE‑HELP limit; AND
  • meet course requirements as follows:
  • are a full fee-paying / fee for service student studying a diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate or graduate diploma level course at an approved VET FEE‑HELP provider; OR
  • are a student subsidised by a state or territory government (other than the Australian Capital Territory) studying a diploma or advanced diploma course;
  • are enrolled with an approved provider in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit.


  • hold a New Zealand Special Category Visa; AND
  • first entered Australia as a dependent child aged under 18 years of age;
  • have been ordinarily resident in Australia for the previous 10 years (that is, you have been physically present in Australia for at least eight out of the past 10 years) and 18 months out of the last two years at the time of application for the loan; You will have to
  • provide evidence you have been living in Australia for the qualifying period. If necessary, you can obtain copies of your international movement records from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection by lodging form 1359‑Request for International
  • Movement Records available
    here; AND
  • are otherwise eligible for the loan.

For more information on VET FEE HELP please ask a Federation Training Customer Service and Support Officer.


Before enrolling a student in a given VFH eligible course Federation Training must determine that the student is academically suited to that course, as per the Institute
VET FEE HELP Student Entry Procedure. This is demonstrated when:

  • The student’s completion of a Pre-Training Review with a Federation Training trainer/assessor establishes a reasonable belief that the student is academically suited
  • the student satisfies any entry requirements for the course, and
  • the student satisfies one of the following requirements:
    • - they provide a copy of their VCE Certificate to Federation Training, or both
    • - the student is assessed as displaying competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) by completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) Reading and Numeracy test, and
    • - Federation Training reasonably believes that the student displays that competence.


Your options for paying tuition fees for courses that are eligible for VET FEE-HELP are:

  • up-front payment; or
  • Government loan through the VET FEE-HELP scheme including eligibility criteria
  • Any materials fees incurred can be paid upfront or a instalment arrangement may be entered into

You may wish to seek independent financial advice prior to applying for a VET FEE-HELP loan.


Eligible students can apply for a VET FEE-HELP loan by completing and signing a Request for a VET FEE-HELP loan form (CAF). These forms are available from all of the Federation Training Customer Service Centres.

You will need

  • Evidence of citizenship i.e. birth certificate
  • Your Tax File Number
  • A Unique Student Identifier
  • If you are under 18 a parent or guardian signature

A customer service officer will complete the estimated cost of the course, this does not include any loan fees and also the Volume of Learning section so you know the expected duration of the course.


The census date is the last day you can submit your VET FEE Help form (CAF) (to access a Commonwealth supported place or a VET FEE HELP loan) or withdraw your enrolment without incurring the fees or a HELP debt. If you do not submit your form by the census date, you will not be eligible to access a VET FEE HELP loan for that study period.

Study Period Start Date Census (Last date to withdraw)
Study Period 1 13/1/2016 31/03/2016
Study Period 2 1/4/2016 30/06/2016
Study Period 3 1/7/2016 30/09/2016
Study Period 4 1/10/2016 19/12/2016

VET FEE−HELP Invoice Notice If you are accessing VET FEE−HELP a 'VET FEE−HELP Invoice Notice' will be sent to you 14 days prior to each units census date outlining the debt that will be incurred post census date if you do not withdraw from the unit of study .

Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) You will be sent a CAN within 28 days of the census date for each study period that you are using Commonwealth assistance.Your CAN will state how much you have been charged for the units you enrolled in and the amount of FEE-HELP debt you incurred for that study period.

If you believe the information on your CAN is incorrect, you have 14 days to submit a written application to your institution to request a correction (some institutions may allow for a longer correction period).

VET FEE-HELP and Withdrawing from Study It is important to correctly withdraw from your course or unit of study. If you don’t withdraw properly or if you miss the withdrawal deadline, you will incur a HELP debt.

What happens if I withdraw by the census date?
If you correctly withdraw from a unit by the census date, you will not incur a HELP debt. If you are using VET FEE-HELP, your FEE-HELP limit will not be reduced if you withdraw by the census date. If you have paid your tuition fees up-front, you may be entitled to a refund.

What happens if I withdraw after the census date?
If you withdraw from a unit after the census date, you will incur a HELP debt and will lose any up-front payment you made. If you are using VET FEE HELP, your FEE HELP limit will be reduced.

2016 VET FEE-HELP Schedules
Download here

Payment Plans

Instalment arrangements

  • Payment Plans are available to students enrolling in a Certificate IV or below course, or for Diploma and above government-subsidised materials fees only.
  • Students are required to pay an upfront, 10% deposit on commencement of the payment plan.
  • All fees must be finalised within six (6) months of course commencement, or at the end of the course, whichever is sooner.
  • Students need to provide the relevant bank account details of the account to be direct debited.
  • If the account to be direct debited IS NOT your own, the account holder must read and sign the direct debit declaration section on the instalment arrangement application.
  • Students under the age of 18 years must have the instalment arrangement form signed by a parent or guardian.

Centrepay Deduction

Centrepay is a direct bill paying service available to customers who receive a Centrelink payment. Students must complete a Federation Training Instalment Arrangement Application, provide their Centrelink Reference Number (CRN) as well as the name of the nominated Centrelink payment from which the payments will be deducted.

Instalment Arrangement Application forms are available by phoning 1300 133 717. A Customer Service and Support Officer can assist you with further information about Student Payment Plans.

Instalment Arrangement Application Form
(docx - 265kb)

Concession Fees

If you are enrolling in a Certificate IV level program or below, are eligible for a government-subsidised place and hold a valid and eligible concession a concession fee of 20% of the published fee will be charged for your tuition.

Eligible concessions are:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card; or
  • Pensioner Concession Card; or
  • Veteran’s Gold Card.

These concessions also apply to the dependent spouse and dependent children of the card holder. Concession can be applied to the enrolment of government-subsidised students only and cannot be applied where VET FEE-HELP is available.

Indigenous Completions Initiative

Concession fees also apply to individuals who self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Under the Indigenous Completions Initiative, Indigenous students will pay 20% of what the provider would have charged a non-concession student. To access this initiative, you must be eligible for a government supported place. It applies to all course levels, including Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.


At Federation Training, we know that education can change lives.

Education is an important tool to unleash individual potential and form a pathway to a successful and prosperous career.

That is why Federation Training offer a variety of scholarships to ensure students can access a quality education and have the opportunity to get hands on and develop real skills and experience in the industry of their choice.

Our range of scholarships reflect a training organisation that is committed to providing education to a diverse variety of students.

Each scholarship is different, so it is important to read and understand the eligibility requirements to ensure you are applying for a scholarship that suits you and your needs best. Click here to download our 2017 Scholarships Guide.




Career Change Scholarship

Four available

$2,500 each

Placement Scholarship

Five available

$1,000 each

Jack Armstrong Memorial Scholarship

One available


Baw Baw Shire Council – School Leavers Scholarship

One available


Baw Baw Shire Council – Indigenous Scholarship

One available


Student Support Scholarship

Five available

$1,000 each

Travel Scholarship

Five available

$1,000 each

Tools of the Trade Scholarship

Five available

$1,000 each

Contact us

If you have any questions about any of the scholarships feel free to get in contact with us.

Email scholarships@federationtraining.edu.au
Phone 1300 282 317

Click here to apply

Victorian Training Guarantee

The Victorian Training Guarantee makes vocational 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 an unlimited number of government-subsidised training places available to people who meet the eligibility criteria.

Generally, you are eligible for a government-subsidised training place if you are:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa)
  • a New Zealand citizen

and are any of the following:

  • under 20 years of age
  • seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills List course (and do not hold a Diploma or above qualification or are receiving core skills training in other sectors)
  • seeking to enrol in VCE or VCAL
  • seeking to enrol in an apprenticeship
  • 20 years and older and ‘upskilling’ by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification.

For more information on government-subsidised training places visit www.education.vic.gov.au or ask a Federation Training Customer Service and Support Officer.

Withdrawals & Refunds

Our friendly Customer Service and Support Officers will be able to answer any questions you have regarding fees, refunds and withdrawals. Application for refund of fees will be processed in line with Federation Training Policy.

Clause Federation Training Refund Policy
Certificate I-IV courses – government funded
Student initiated withdrawals – government funded

Full refund of units not yet commenced less:

  • Charge for materials already utilised
Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Vocational Graduate programs
Student initiated withdrawals prior to the census date Full refund of tuition fees. If you are using VET FEE-HELP, you will not incur a HELP debt and your FEE-HELP limit will not be reduced
Student initiated withdrawals after the census date

No refund of tuition fees.

  • Charge for materials already utilised
Fee-for service/commercial programs
Student initiated withdrawals - fee-for-service programs five (5) days before course commencement
  • Full refund of course
Student initiated withdrawal - fee-for-service programs less than five (5) days before course commencement
  • 20% refund of fees paid
Students are not entitled to a refund if a withdrawal is not initiated, or they do not attend the course.

If the Institute cancels or is unable to provide services for which the learner has prepaid, the learner will:

  • Be placed into an equivalent course such that:
    • The new location is suitable to the learner, and
    • The learner receives the full services for which they have prepaid at no additional cost to the learner or
  • If the Institute cancels a short course 100% of fees will be refunded to the student.
  • In cases where the Institute ceases to offer the services or a student transfers to another RTO (Registered Training Organisation) and provides written proof of enrolment into the same qualification - 100% of fees any units not commenced will be refunded.