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Explore your full potential through our Government Funded Courses

The rising cost of education in Australia is challenging for many people. Luckily, there are many different types of government programs that can help you learn for less or at no cost, depending on what kind of career path you want to pursue. The state has been encouraging people to explore funding options so that they can gain more skills and knowledge that aligns with the current industry and employer’s requirements.

However, it can be hard to keep track of what is offered or what you might be eligible for, so in this article, we explain everything you need to know about the government-funded courses and whether you are eligible for a funded course in Western Australia.

What is a Government-Funded Course?


Government-funded courses are a range of VET qualifications for priority occupations that are subsidised to help domestic students pay full tuition fees.

The funded courses are mainly those in high demand to meet skill shortages or sometimes to prepare for increased jobs in that industry. In Western Australia, VET funding schemes are handled primarily by the Department of Training and Workforce Development. The funded courses can range from free courses to half-priced qualifications and skill sets programs.

Keep reading to learn more about eligibility!

How can Government Funded courses help students in Perth?


There are endless opportunities available for Perth domestic students at the moment. Whether you’re looking to enter the childcare industry, aged care or even hospitality, funding is available for eligible students! Funded courses are specifically designed to help students who need financial assistance with their studies. You will have access to resources, study materials and knowledge from industry experts with little or no cost.

Funded courses assist students by:

  • Providing high-quality education with little or no cost
  • Getting a vocational qualification directly aligned with Western Australia’s industry areas where jobs are available.
  • Learning new specialist skills and getting assistance to find a job soon after finishing the course
  • Supporting a diverse range of individuals from all backgrounds.

Which courses are funded at Stanley College?


Stanley College is proud to offer a wide range of funded courses from different industry areas – under the Jobs and Skills WA Program. There is something for everybody! Whether you’re looking at starting a new career or expanding on existing skills that interest you the most, we have exactly what you’re looking for.

Courses offered include Information and Communications Technology, Hospitality, Commercial Cookery, Health and Community Services, English Language and Early Childhood Education. See the full list of our Funded Courses for further information (Including course details, indicative pricing and eligibility requirements) . For more information about high-priority qualifications in Western Australia, see this Course list.

Provided that you meet the eligibility criteria, you may be able to complete one of these courses with government funding partially or even fully covering the expense.

Am I eligible for funded courses


You may be eligible for funding if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia, and you meet one of the below criteria:

  • You’re an Australian citizen OR
  • a permanent visa holder OR
  • holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 785, 790 or 820; OR
  • secondary holders of a temporary visa of sub-class 457; OR
  • holders of a Bridging Visa E (subclasses 050 and 051) where the visa holder has made a valid application for a visa of subclass 785 or 790; AND
  • unemployed or under-employed

Please note that Year 12 school students leaving school can now access subsidised training from October 2022.

You can find more information about eligibility requirements in the
Department of Training and Workforce Development’s VET fees and charges policy.

If you’re unsure whether you qualify or not? Want to hear more about eligibility in more detail? Our friendly career advisors are only a phone call away.

How do I apply for a funded course?


Once you’ve decided on a course of choice, the next step is enrolling! You can call one of our Career Advisors at (08) 6371 9999 OR email OR contact your Case Manager at your Jobactive provider or approved broker.

If you’d like to enrol, head to our Online Application page to begin the enrolment process.

Complete a Government Funded Course with Stanley College


If you want to explore your full career potential and boost your skills, enrolling in one of our government-funded courses might be what you’re looking for. At Stanley College, we pride ourselves on ensuring that our students acquire the skills and knowledge they need for their chosen careers.

We’re an extremely hands-on education provider, guiding you through your applications, studies and work placements so that you reach your highest potential of your desired industry. With so many government-funded courses available at Stanley College, there never been a better time to CHOOSE THE COLLEGE THAT EMPLOYERS CHOOSE.


In the spirit of reconciliation, Stanley College acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders, past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.