Government funding – what does it mean and who is eligible?

Saturday, February 10, 2024

At Practical Outcomes, we understand the importance of breaking down barriers to education. Our guide is designed to demystify government funding, helping you embark on your learning journey with confidence and clarity.

Government funding: what does it mean and who is eligible?


What is government-funded training?

Let’s start by defining ‘government funded training’. This term refers to the financial support provided by the government to Registered Training Organisations who are delivering courses that meet current or future workforce demands.

In Australia, sectors like early childhood education need skilled workers to meet the needs of the workforce so if your career interests align with this high-demand sector, you might be eligible for funding.


How does funding benefit individual learners?

Subsidies and funding can dramatically increase accessibility to education. Opting for a subsidised course typically means lower course fees, which can reduce the financial stress of enrolling in studies.

This not only allows learners to start studying sooner but also accelerates your journey towards obtaining qualifications and securing meaningful employment in a career you will love.


Government funding in Victoria

In Victoria, funding is available through the Victorian Government’s Skills First Program.

Government funding eligibility


Eligibility for Skills First Funding

Generally, you are eligible for Skills First funding if you:

  • Are present in Victoria to undertake the qualification.
  • Are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or New Zealand citizen.
  • Commence a maximum of two government-subsidised courses in a year.
  • Undertake a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at any one time.

You can check if your Practical Outcomes course is covered and how much you’ll be paying here.


Skills First Aboriginal Access fee waiver

From 1 January 2024, the Skills First Aboriginal Access fee waiver is available for Aboriginal Victorians, replacing the Indigenous Completions Initiative concession.

This waiver is part of a commitment to inclusivity and equitable access to education.


What funded courses can I study at Practical Outcomes?

Eligible learners can access funding for these early childhood education and care courses at Practical Outcomes:

CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Explore our early childhood courses for more detailed information.

government funding to study childcare


Access funding in 5 easy steps

If you’re finding all this information hard to take in, don’t worry. We are here to help! It’s pretty easy to access funding and it comes down to 5 simple steps.

Step 1: Enquire to receive a call back from our friendly team.

Step 2: Speak to a course advisor about your chosen course, your individual situation and any concerns you have about fees and payment

Step 3: Check the eligibility requirements to make sure you meet the necessary criteria. Your course advisor can assist with this or check the relevant government website link below:

Check your eligibility for Skills First here.

Step 4: Submit your course application once you’ve got everything organised.

Step 5: Start studying and working towards your rewarding career!


What if I’m not eligible?

If you find that you’re not eligible for government funding, don’t worry! We also offer interest-free payment plans, ensuring that your educational and career aspirations are still within reach.


We’re here for you!

Financial assistance and government subsidies are designed to streamline your educational journey and make life easier.

Our aim at Practical Outcomes is to make this process as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Follow the steps outlined above, and remember, we are always here to assist with any questions about courses and funding.




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