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To be eligible to access government subsidised training in TAFE NSW you must be an Australian citizen or meet the criteria of being an Australian permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Humanitarian visa holder.

You must also have a NSW residential address or be employed within NSW to be eligible to access government subsidised training places in TAFE NSW, including fee exemption or concession.

Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students from all Australian States and Territories shall have access to government subsidised training places in TAFE NSW.

Apprentices who are registered in other States and Territories and are required to undertake training at TAFE NSW will continue to be eligible to access government subsidised training places.

If you are not a resident of NSW or working within NSW, you will be charged a commercial fee.

When you enrol in a government subsidised TAFE NSW course you will be required to pay the'TAFE NSW fee' indicated in the table below, unless you qualify for a fee exemption or fee concession.

Only when your enrolment is complete and you have paid applicable fees will you be entitled to attend class, sit for examinations, receive educational awards, use amenities and services (including travel concessions) or receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

All TAFE NSW fees and charges are subject to change.

TAFE NSW fees for 2014

Qualification level / category Annual fee Fees for enrolments of
one semester or less
Advanced Diploma $1,818 $909
Diploma $1,514 $757
Certificate IV $1,140 $570
Certificate III $838 $419
Certificate II $534 $267
Certificate I $534 $267
Statements / Short courses $534 $267
Apprentices and trainees $506 $253
Government benefit recipients $106 $106
Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students $0 $0
Students with a disability (first course per year) $0 $0
Special access courses $0 $0


  • In addition to the TAFE NSW fee, concession fee or fee-for-service amount, some courses have other charges
  • International students and temporary visa holders may be required to pay a tuition fee in addition to the TAFE NSW fee.
  • The TAFE NSW fee does not apply to existing worker trainees, school-based apprentices and school-based trainees who are covered by separate funding arrangements.
  • TAFE-delivered HSC Vocational Education and Training courses for school students (TVET) are subject to separate funding arrangements.
  • Courses offered on a fee-for-service basis have different fees. Courses offered as fee-for-service include Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses, and some short courses.
  • Some students may be eligible for a Fee Waiver (PDF 84kB) under certain programs, which currently includes Course No 18208 – Diploma of Childrens Services (Early Childhood Education and Care) and Course No 25281 – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Advice for TAFE NSW students on TAFE NSW Fees and transitioning from 2014 to 2015

The NSW Government has released the 2014 NSW Skills List which defines courses supported by Government funding under new Smart and Skilled reforms to be introduced from January 2015. It covers all qualification levels Certificate II to Advanced Diploma, selected Foundation Skills courses at Certificate I and II levels, all apprenticeships and selected traineeships.

Transition arrangements for current and prospective TAFE NSW students
1 January to 31 December 2014 From 1 January 2015
Students commencing a Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements will pay 2014 TAFE NSW fees up till 31 December 2014. (Government funding support continues to completion) Students continuing a Skills List course in 2015 will pay pro-rata Smart and Skilled fees and subsidies will apply.
  Students commencing a Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements will pay Smart and Skilled fees and subsidies will apply.
Students commencing a non-Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements will pay 2014 TAFE NSW fees up till 31 December 2014. (Government funding support ceases at 31 December 2014) Students commencing or continuing a non-Skills List course and who meet individual eligibility requirements in 2015 will pay commercial fees.

The Smart and Skilled website has further information on Smart and Skilled, including eligibility requirements.

Current and prospective students are encouraged to contact their local TAFE NSW College for advice on enrolment options.

Fee exemptions

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are exempt from paying the TAFE NSW fee.

Students who live or work in NSW and who receive a disability support pension and students with a disability (clients of a Teacher/Consultant for students with a disability) are exempt from paying the TAFE NSW fee for one TAFE NSW course enrolment per year (and are eligible for a $106 concession fee for each subsequent course enrolment in that year).

To complete your enrolment, you will need to fill-in the 2014 TAFE NSW Fee Exemption application form and go to your chosen college.

Special access courses

Special access courses teach skills in:

  • career opportunities
  • community training
  • employment skills
  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • reading and writing
  • school mentoring
  • signed language
  • volunteer tutoring and
  • work readiness.

For more information please contact a your local Institute.

Concession fee

Students who live or work in NSW and who receive one or more eligible Commonwealth benefits or allowances at the time of their enrolment may be eligible to pay a concession fee rather than the full TAFE NSW fee.

All TAFE NSW fees and charges are subject to change.

In 2014, the concession fee is $106 per course enrolment.

Eligible benefits include:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy (including Veterans' Children Education Scheme)
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension (second or subsequent course enrolment per year, first enrolment is exempt)
  • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate)
  • Farm Help Income Support
  • Mature Age Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (Single)
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Veterans' Affairs Payments
  • Widow Allowance
  • Widow Pension (including Widow 'B' Pension)
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance.

If you are a recipient of an eligible benefit or allowance, the concession fee may also be available to your dependent child, spouse or partner.

To complete your enrolment, you will need to fill in the 2014 TAFE NSW Concession Fee application form, and go to your chosen college with the documentation to support your application. (Your documentation may be provided via the Centrelink/DHS Express Plus mobile app.)

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