If you live in Western Australia you have the opportunity to access a subsidised training course under Jobs & Skills WA.
Jobs & Skills WA government subsidised training makes gaining your qualification affordable and achievable, with subsidies that reduce the costs in specified Traineeship courses under User Choice, and many certificate and diploma level courses as Priority Industry Qualifications.
Jobs & Skills WA flexible eligibility rules makes subsidised training open to eligible Western Australian residents, regardless of employment status and the qualifications you hold.
Now is the time to take up this opportunity. It’s time to get skilled for the future!
Jobs & Skills WA courses are subsidised by the Department of Training and Workforce Development.
To be eligible to undertake a subsidised course in Western Australia you must meet these criteria:
Be a Western Australian resident
Be an Australian permanent resident, Australian Citizen or a holder of visa subclass 309, 310, 820 or 826; or a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457
Have left school (normally a minimum age of 17 ½)
Or be employed as a trainee in WA
The employment status for Jobs & Skills WA Priority Industry Program subsidised qualifications is irrelevant. Students may be employed or unemployed.
Under Jobs & Skills Traineeships - trainees must be employed and meet the Traineeship eligibility rules. For Traineeship eligibility, see the Traineeship page.
Note New Zealand Citizens are not eligible unless they have obtained permanent residency and can show evidence of this (as the standard Special Category Visa is a temporary Visa only).
Jobs & Skills WA subsidises the following programs:
Only limited courses are subsidised in Western Australia under Jobs & Skills WA as priority industry qualifications. These include (but are subject to change):
Under the WA Program rules all subsidised students must be charged a course fee. We call this your enrolment fee.
This is calculated by a rate set by the WA government and also varies based upon the subjects you choose to undertake. All training providers must charge the same rate, and so for the same subjects the course fee will be the same.
WA Course fee rates for 2016 [Table 1 in 6.1.1 Fee Policy 2016 v1.0] are:
• Certificate II – Certificate IV - $3.21 per nominal hour
• Diploma and Advanced Diploma - $ 5.73 per nominal hour
• All existing worker traineeships regardless of qualification level - $ 5.73 per nominal hour
Subjects not completed in 2016 are subject to a rate increase as determined by the WA government, and ongoing approval of that course on the funding list.
Estimates of the applicable student enrolment fees are displayed on each course page based on the most common elective choices. When you enrol and select your initial electives an invoice will be provided showing the fee applicable to each subject.
Final fees are calculated at the end of training once the chosen and completed electives are known. If there is a difference, an adjustment note will be issued.
The College quoted course fees are inclusive of all aspects of training and cover all provided resources.
Concession fees are available for eligible students in Certificate II – IV level courses.
All College courses are available at a fair price, with an interest free payment plan.
See also the range of New Worker and Existing Worker Traineeships that are funded, and the applicable contribution fees.
No you don't need to be employed. Nor does your employer need to know about your enrolment.
Jobs & Skills WA priority industry qualification subsidised enrolments can be done independently of your employer, and are also available if you are currently unemployed and committed to completing the course to improve your employment prospects.
Yes – you can ask your employer to “sponsor” your enrolment in WA subsidised training. Employers are most likely to agree where the course is of mutual benefit.
Your employer may also ask you to enrol in a WA subsidised course to improve your skills. They may even agree to pay your enrolment fee.
We will need a written instruction from your employer confirming they will pay your enrolment fees.
Trainees should refer to the specific information on traineeship programs.
WA has a separate way to determine what New Entrant Traineeships and what Existing Worker Traineeships are subsidised, and to what extent.
Check the relevant course page for traineeship fee information applicable to that course. The Traineeship page will explain the traineeship program.
Fees vary based on the type of traineeship and the course undertaken. The fees are quoted on each course page.
For Trainees registered under a WA eligible traineeship or Existing Worker traineeship, the applicable fees are as specified in the VET Fees and Charges Policy 2019.
• the Certificate II, III and IV new worker traineeship fee is $3.25
• the existing worker traineeship and diploma level traineeship fee is $5.79
For a traineeship not on the funding list, or not within the College funding allocation, fees will be as per the College published standard price or as agreed with the client on a fee for service basis.
By approving the enrolment, employers of trainees in WA are acknowledging that they will pay the student fees on the trainees behalf and request the invoice to be issued directly to them.
The WA Government also subsidises eligible existing workers to undertake some traineeships in higher level (i.e. Certificate IV and above) priority courses.
These currently include qualifications in the following areas (subject to change):
An existing worker is defined as a person employed with the same employer continuously for more than three months full time or 12 months casual or part time or a combination of both, immediately prior to the commencement date of the training contract. Please note that the term of employment includes any periods of approved leave.
Eligible students are entitled to a 50% concession rate on fees for training up to Certificate IV level.
Concession does not apply for Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.
The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees:
a) Persons and dependants of persons holding: i) A Pensioner Concession Card. ii) A Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. iii) A Health Care Card.
b) Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
c) Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance.
d) Persons and dependants of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.
If the concession is valid for the full enrolment period, then all eligible units commenced within that period attract the concession rate.
If the concession is valid for part of the enrolment period, then only eligible units commenced on or after the start date and prior to the expiry of the concession attract the concession rate. [6.3.1 WA Fee Policy]
a) Jobs & Skills WA student fees apply on a Unit of Competency basis. There may be one or more Units of Competency in a course subject.
b) For Jobs & Skills WA students, a Withdrawal Without Penalty / Census Date applies and is calculated at 20% of the duration for each subject. This means that the College Refund policy is varied for these students to the extent that they may have started a subject but if they have notified us of withdrawal in the first 20% of the time allowed for that subject, they are eligible for a refund of fees paid for that subject. [VFCP 6.8.2]
VFCP = VET Fees and Charges Policy 2018 v2.0 effective 28 June 2018
Updated Dec 2018
Confirm that you are eligible to access Western Australian government subsidised training.
Note traineeships have separate eligibility criteria. See the traineeships page.
Answer these questions to find out if you are eligible to access Western Australian government subsidised training.