As part of its 2018/19 budget, the Victorian state government has announced it will invest $172 million to make a selection of TAFE priority courses free from 2019 onwards.
“Across the state, 30 priority TAFE and 18 pre-apprenticeship courses will be made free, with courses focusing on the skills our state needs,” read a press release from the government. “In addition to these free priority courses, the budget includes $303.8 million to create more than 30,000 new subsidised training places. The budget is also modernising apprenticeships, with $43.8 million to revamp learning materials, ensure consistent industry standards with new independent assessments, and bring back trade papers to recognise these qualifications.”
At this stage only 20 of the 30 courses have been confirmed, and although the Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration is not on the list, it may be included after further consultation.
“We will continue talking to industry as the additional 10 courses are selected,” said the Office of the Premier of Victoria.