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COVID-19 Support - Fee-free courses

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free* short courses that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across a range of industries.

If you’re considering a new direction, why not explore some of the fee-free* short courses as well as learn more about our Mature Age Scholarships, Destination Australia Scholarships and Women in Business program, among many others.

Whether or not you’ve studied at TAFE NSW before, we encourage you to explore some of the courses available today. Our course list is updated often, so be sure to check back regularly to find a fee-free* short course that's right for you.

*Eligibility criteria apply.

Browse our fee-free* online short courses currently available^

TAFE NSW is processing a high volume of fee-free short course enrolments and enquiries, students may experience some delay in receiving the information that they need to commence their course. TAFE NSW will respond within 2-3 business days.

Enrolment advice on fee-free* short courses:

Each fee-free* short course requires various levels of commitment and time to complete the modules in a suitable timeframe. TAFE NSW recommends that you review our Online Support Services to understand what you can expect and whether digital learning is right for you. These resources may also help you determine which course is most suited to your desired learning outcome and outline the commitments involved.

Fee-free* short course enrolments are limited to a maximum of two (2) courses per person.
^TAFE NSW COVID-19 Support Fee-Free* Short Course availability will end 31 July 2020.

Statement of Attainment in Business Administration Skills (900-81042V01)

Develop some basic skills for a role in business administration. You will learn how to manage staff diaries and appointments, create presentations for the workplace and design and produce digital documents.

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Statement of Attainment in Enhance Customer Service (901-00018V01)

With the increased move to online, the Service industry needs employees who are adept at providing excellent online customer service. This short course will update your skills in customer service management to ensure you're equipped for delivering effective customer service in this new business environment.

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Statement of Attainment in Executive Assistant Skills (901-00013V01)

Develop and refine the skills needed to be an Executive Assistant, providing top level support to teams and individuals while working remotely.

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Statement of Attainment in Build Creative Digital Imaging Skills (901-00009V01)

Online has never been more important for businesses, with the need to represent your products and/or business in a flattering light. This short course will teach you how to improve your digital imaging skills for the eMarketing environment. Students will need access to a digital camera for this course.

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Statement of Attainment in Build Your Digital Literacy with Coding (901-00007V01)

The ability to code will enhance your understanding of the digital world and how to automate tasks, work with websites and create applications. This introductory short course will teach you how to apply introductory programming techniques using Python, and create and style simple markup language documents using HTML and CSS.

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Statement of Attainment in Computing Skills (900-81120V01)

This short course delivers training in the use of office applications in word processing and spreadsheet software. You will create a range of workplace documents including letters, reports, flyers, budgets, basic formulas, charts and office templates. This course also develops your knowledge and skills for keeping safe in the workplace.

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Statement of Attainment in Creating and Maintaining Simple Websites (901-00005V01)

With online business becoming the norm, this short course will ensure your small business can compete for new business opportunities. You'll learn how to update your current website or build a new one from scratch using commercial programs.

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Statement of Attainment in Digital Security Basics (901-00011V01)

With increased internet usage comes increased online security risks. Businesses need to be aware of and manage threats to data privacy and cyber security, and this short course is a great introduction to handling such threats.

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Statement of Attainment in Using Social Media Tools (901-00006V01)

If your business isn't on social media, you're missing a great opportunity to connect with established and potential customers. This short course will give you a grounding in the different social media platforms so you can fully engage with this form of eMarketing.

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TAFE Statement in Digital Skills (800-000259)

This course is for anyone who is wanting to develop their digital skills. In this short course, you will learn how to customise your computer, connect physical devices, search the Web, use your computer efficiently, and work safely to protect your computer.

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Statement of Attainment in Introduction to Infection Prevention and Healthy Body Function (901-00008V01)

Being able to control infection is of paramount importance in today's world, and this course teaches you how to do just that. With a focus on infection prevention through Hand Washing, PPE Equipment, Temperature control and the understanding of the healthy body systems and functions, this course could ' literally ' save a life.

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Statement of Attainment in Leading Teams (901-00017V01)

This short course will help managers build the knowledge and skills to lead teams in diverse environments, from face-to-face to managing them virtually, while still managing team relationships and effectiveness.

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Statement of Attainment in Managing Risk and Facilitating Continuous Improvement (901-00012V01)

Risk management is in high demand. Many businesses are facing an uncertain future. As such, the ability to manage risk will be imperative for businesses going forward, and this course offers training to help businesses prepare for whatever the future may hold.

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Statement of Attainment in Business Presentations (901-00014V01)

Learn the skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review presentations to an online audience. This course concentrates on designing and producing electronic slide presentations using various applications, and how to deliver these presentations using the various tech platforms available.

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Statement of Attainment in Computer Applications (900-80675V01)

If you are an experienced ICT user and ready to move to the next level of computer applications, then this short course is for you. You will learn how to manipulate data and access support resources to solve routine problems. You will find this course beneficial if you use different software applications in your job to produce a range of documents.

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Statement of Attainment in Create a Brand Presentation (901-00015V01)

There is strong demand for digital design skills as businesses seek unique branding and visuals to capture customer attention. This short course will teach creative people how to market themselves to get work in the digital design industry.

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Statement of Attainment in Introductory Business Skills (900-81044V01)

This course is ideal if you are thinking about developing your basic business skills to feel more confident about working in an office environment. You will develop your skills and knowledge in customer services, work health and safety (WHS) and word processing.

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Statement of Attainment in Introductory Office Skills (901-00003V01)

This course is ideal if you are thinking about developing your basic business skills to feel more confident about working in an office environment. You will develop your skills and knowledge in customer services, work health and safety (WHS) and word processing.

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Statement of Attainment in Microsoft Excel - Intermediate (901-00020V01)

Refine your Excel spreadsheet skills! This short course will help you develop the skills to become proficient in the creation and use of spreadsheet functions, perform calculations and analysis by using formulas, functions, templates and charts.

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Statement of Attainment in Microsoft Excel and Word - Introductory (901-00019V01)

Take the first step in developing your skills in word processing and spreadsheets for an office environment. You will learn correct keyboarding techniques to create a range of workplace documents and learn how to create, use and present spreadsheet.

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Statement of Attainment in Undertaking Projects and Managing Risk (901-00016V01)

This course teaches introductory project management skills, enabling you to plan, organise and manage a project from conception to completion.

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Browse our free micro-learning resources

Working from home can be challenging, particularly if it’s new to you. Access these free resources and simple tips to maximise your productivity at home, while continuing to connect and collaborate with your team and colleagues.

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Government programs


Bushfire Relief Courses - Farm Fencing

Bushfire Relief

In response to the bushfire tragedy in the north and south of the state, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free* short courses tailored to providing the skills needed to help rebuild devastated communities.

This training is fully subsidised by the NSW Government. Eligibility criteria apply.

Learn more about our Bushfire Relief courses

Women in Business

Women in Business

Women in Business is a NSW Government and TAFE NSW initiative that offers a fully subsidised* online program for women who are looking to establish a micro business, a small business, or who are already operating a business.

Learn more about Women in Business

Mature Age Workers Scholarship

Mature Age Workers Scholarship

Are you 35 or older, looking for work and wanting to retrain or upgrade your skills?

The workplace is changing rapidly. New jobs are appearing every day and technology is reshaping existing jobs. Studying at TAFE NSW can help you get back into the workforce or stay ahead of evolving skill needs.

Learn more about Mature Age Workers Scholarships

Destination Australia Scholarship

Destination Australia Scholarships are funded by the Commonwealth Government, and are designed to attract and support students who choose to live and study in regional communities.

Each Scholarship provides $15,000 per student per year to meet the costs associated with relocating, living and studying in regional Australia.

Learn more about Destination Australia Scholarship

Partner programs


University of Newcastle Pathways

University of Newcastle Pathways

Students who successfully complete a TAFE NSW fee-free* short course will receive a facilitated pathway into one of the University of Newcastle’s FREE enabling programs, to help you gain entry to university. Eligible students will receive 10 Units of credit towards their pathway program, and upon successful completion are guaranteed entry to over 40 University of Newcastle degrees!

Find out more


* To be eligible for a fully subsidised place you must:

  • Live or work in NSW
  • Be an Australian Citizen OR Permanent Resident OR New Zealand Citizen OR Humanitarian visa holder
  • Be over 17 years (people between 15 and 17 may be eligible and should contact us for more information)
  • Have left school or are registered for home schooling

You will also need:

Online courses: what you need to know

Whether your course is delivered completely online, a short course with online modules, or your course has been recently moved online, here are the answers to frequently asked questions about online study.

Yes, there are fee-free* online short courses in:

  • practical business skills
  • enhance your digital impact
  • improve leadership performance
  • develop administration skills
  • grow health and medical knowledge

For most fee-free online courses, you must:

  • live or work in NSW
  • be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident or New Zealand Citizen or Humanitarian visa holder
  • be aged over 17 years (people between 15 and 17 may be eligible and should contact us for more information)
  • have left school or are registered for home schooling

Eligibility requirements differ between courses, programs, and scholarships. Always check the details.

TAFE Digital is all about learning real world skills in a virtual world. To help you develop your skills, TAFE NSW library services are accessible online and can even support you via online chat and over the phone.

When you study online with TAFE NSW, you’re never alone. Throughout your time studying you will work with teachers, course coordinators, your fellow students, and even industry employers and insiders.

You will have access to Studiosity: a 24/7, on demand study aid for academic literacy skills and core subject support. You will also gain access to other platforms, such as LinkedIn Learning.

Visit TAFE NSW support services to discover the range of you help and support you can access.

You don't need to be a computer wiz to study online. However, you should be comfortable typing, using the internet, sending email, chatting with your teachers or others online, reading course content online, using common software, and performing other basic tasks.

If you need to further develop some of these basic digital skills, we may be able to help.

A lot of software (like Microsoft Office 365) is available to current TAFE NSW students, free of charge. This includes Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote, and Teams.

However, depending on which course you are studying, you may require more specific software. If this is the case for your course, you will be advised by your teacher or coordinator where you can access the necessary programs.

As a general rule, to study online, you will need:

  • Microsoft Office or equivalent
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • an up-to-date internet browser

Once you enrol, you will be able to access the learning platform of our website and work from there.

Your course information will notify you of which assessment events you are required to complete, as well as provide instructions on how you can upload them for your assessor.

If you are asked to send video or audio evidence for an assessment, you can upload it to YouTube, Vimeo, or DropBox, then simply add the URL to your course website so we know where to look.

All TAFE NSW students need to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) before enrolment is confirmed. Once you have your USI, you will have a secure, online record of your training, which you can access anytime, and from anywhere.

If you are already a TAFE NSW student, you will already have a USI. If you don’t have a USI (or are not sure if you do), you can access or create your USI now. It’s easy, quick, and free. To complete the process, you will need to have proof of your identity.

If you would like further information, please visit the TAFE NSW fee-free page, the TAFE Digital page, or call us on 131 601.