Yes, if you commence your Smart and Skilled apprenticeship qualification on or after 1 July 2018, then neither you nor your employer will have to pay the qualification student fee. This amount, of up to $2000 will be paid for you by the Department directly to the training provider.
You are eligible for fee-free training if you start your apprenticeship qualification with your training provider on or after 1 July 2018. This means neither you nor your employer will have to pay the qualification student fee.
If you commence training before this date the student fee must still be paid to the training provider by you or your employer.
No, apprenticeship training is only fee-free for apprentices starting their apprenticeship qualification with their training provider from 1 July 2018 onwards are you or your employer are still required to pay any outstanding fees to your training provider, if you have already started your apprenticeship training.
The fee-free initiative applies only to apprenticeships.
Smart and Skilled traineeship qualification fees are capped at $1,000.
If you started your apprenticeship qualification with your training provider before 1 July 2018 you are not eligible for fee-free training. No refund will be made.
If you have already enrolled in your apprenticeship qualification but do not commence in the qualification until 1 July 2018 or later, your training provider must refund the student fee(s) that have been paid to date to you or your employer. The refund should be paid to whoever paid the fee in the first place.
For more information, visit Fee-Free Apprenticeships on the VET website.
Page last updated: 6 July 2018