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Fee-free* TAFE is a joint initiative of the Australian and New South Wales Governments, providing tuition-free training places for people wanting to train, retrain or upskill.

Fee-free* TAFE is available for people who enrol after 1 December 2022 and commence their course between 1 January 2023 and 31 December 2023.

TAFE NSW will provide more than 300 qualifications from certificates to diplomas that align to the state’s priority industry growth sectors, free of tuition fees for eligible students.

* Eligibility criteria apply for selected certificates and diplomas.

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Fee-Free* TAFE Certificates and Diplomas. Enrol now for Semester 2, 2023

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Eligibility criteria

Fee-free* TAFE is a joint initiative of the Australian and New South Wales Governments, providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill.

To be eligible for Fee-free* TAFE, people must at the time of enrolment:

  • Live or work in New South Wales.
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent Australian resident or a humanitarian visa holder.
  • Be aged 15 years or over, and not enrolled at any school.

People from the following groups are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • First Nations people
  • LGBTIQ+ community
  • Veterans
  • Job seekers
  • Young people
  • Unpaid carers
  • Women interested in non-traditional fields
  • People living with a disability
  • People who are eligible for certain visa sub classes
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Depending on the type of training and resources that are required to deliver a course effectively, class sizes may be limited.

Fee-free* places are subject to availability at each intake and may be subject to capacity constraints.

The number of Fee-free* TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and New South Wales Governments.

Fee Free Courses - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Fee-free* TAFE courses start in 2023, and new courses and start dates are being added all the time. Specific course starting dates and timings are listed on the course specific web pages. If you have any queries, please contact us via enquiry form.

Search for the course you’re interested in and select the Start Application or Start Enrolment button. You’ll be guided through our enrolment questions and your eligibility for the Fee-free* TAFE program is confirmed if your fee displays as $0.

If you are not eligible for Fee-free* TAFE, a course fee amount will display which you’ll be required to pay to confirm your enrolment.

Search for the course you’re interested in and choose the location you wish to enrol at. Select the Calculate my fee button and answer the questions that are displayed. If you are eligible and the course is part of the Fee-free* TAFE Program, the fee calculator will show a $0 fee.

If you are under 17 years of age, we’ll require the signature of your parent/guardian before you enrol. Call us on 131 601 for an enrolment form, and we’ll take you through the next steps. If you are under 17, you won’t be able to enrol online.

No. Fee-free* TAFE is only available if you meet the eligibility criteria for Fee-free* TAFE, and your course commences after 1 January 2023 and before 31 December 2023

Yes, you can enrol in a maximum of 2 courses at the same time. However, to give you the best chance of success, please check that the days your courses run do not overlap, and you can commit the time required to manage an increased study load.

Attend an information session and speak to teachers about the course. Sessions can be face to face or virtual. Find an information session here:

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TAFE NSW provides a range of government subsidised programs, available for eligible residents to access fee-free* or low-cost training.

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