Gowrie Victoria delivers nationally accredited qualifications in the full scope of Early Childhood and School Age Education and Care vocational courses. Pricing for learners to undertake these courses is broken into five categories and each category is included in the Statement of Fees for each course type:
- Learners who are eligible for Government Subsidised Funding under the Skills First Program (non-concession)
- Learners who are eligible for both Government subsidised funding under the Skills First Program and are eligible for concession
- Learners who are eligible for VET Student Loans (VSL) financial loan scheme assistance
- Learners who are eligible for both Government subsidised funding under the Skills First Program and VET Student Loans (VSL) financial loan scheme assistance
- Applicants who are not eligible for State and Federal Government funded training are offered a place as full fee paying students.
- The learner tuition fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
- For eligible individuals, this training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- Please be aware that accessing your Skills First Program entitlement may impact access to further Government subsidised training.
- Gowrie Victoria encourages individuals with disabilities to access Government subsidised training. Enrolment approval will be subject to the person’s ability to undertake tasks and the requirements of the course.
To be eligible for a State and Federal Government subsidised place under the Skills First Program in 2017, you must meet the criteria below or use the Skills First Eligibility Flow Chart to assist you.
- You must have a physical presence in Victoria whilst undertaking the qualification.
Please bring Proof of Residency to your enrolment appointment, including your driver’s licence or any other document which shows that you reside in Victoria.
- You must meet citizenship/residency requirements and be in one of the following categories:
- Australian Citizen
- Permanent Resident
- New Zealand Citizen
- Asylum seeker/victim of human trafficking (must have ASRC/ARC referral).
- You must bring one of the following Proof of Citizenship/Residency items to your enrolment appointment (original documents or certified photocopies):
- Green Medicare Card
- Australian Birth Certificate
- Current Australian Passport
- Current New Zealand Passport
- Naturalisation Certificate
- Formal papers from DIAC confirming Permanent Residency
Please note: If you are aged under 20 years*, you must also bring one of the following Proof of Age documents to your enrolment appointment (only if the Proof of Citizenship/Residency above does not include your date of birth):
- Current Driver’s Licence
- Current Learner’s Permit
- Proof of Age card
- ‘Keypass’ card.
*Age is your age as at 1st January in the year in which you are starting the course.
- You must:
- be upskilling to a higher level qualification
- only commence two Skills First Program funded courses in a calendar year
- only commence training in the same level qualification twice in a lifetime (recommencement in the same qualification at the same or different training provider do not apply)
- not count accredited courses with the title ‘Course in……’ and courses on the Foundation Skills List
Please be aware that accessing your Skills First Program entitlement may impact your access to future government subsidised training.
- You must meet ‘upskilling’ requirements for certain cohorts:
- Under the Skills First Program, if you are aged 15-19 years you are automatically eligible for a government subsidised place, regardless of which course level you enrol in.
- If you are aged 20+ enrolling in any other qualification (i.e. Skills Creation, Skills Building, Skills Deepening and Traineeships), you are only eligible for a government subsidised place providing you are upskilling (i.e. you are enrolling in a course that is at a higher level than any prior Australian qualification you have fully completed).
- Please note: When assessing your highest prior qualifications completed, you must take following into account:
- Foundation courses may be excluded from consideration when assessing your prior highest completed qualification level.
- (i.e. Certificates in ESL or General Education for Adults, VCAL Intermediate & Foundation)
- VET courses completed as part of a VET in Schools Program (VETIS) during your secondary education may be excluded from consideration when assessing your highest completed qualification.
- Courses completed overseas, where no formal AQF equivalency has been determined, may be excluded from consideration when assessing a your highest completed qualification.
- When assessing your highest completed qualification, a Vocational Graduate Certificate or Vocational Graduate Diploma course is considered to be at a higher level than a Bachelor degree.
- You must not be in one of the following Eligibility Exclusion categories:
- A student enrolled in a school and seeking to enrol in accredited vocational education and training (VET) that has been arranged by, or in conjunction with, the school (excluding a School Based Apprentice/Trainee).Government schools are responsible for funding these opportunities for VET through their Student Resource Package (SRP) allocation, including targeted VET in Schools funding. Non-government schools make similar decisions for students on the basis of the resources available to them. This, of course, does not preclude an individual of school age accessing VET opportunities separate to and outside of their school education.
- A prisoner within the meaning of the Corrections Act 1986 who is held at any one of the following custodial settings as outlines in the Service Agreement; A person who is detained under the Mental Health Act 1986; or the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 or the Sentencing Act 1991 at the Thomas Embling Hospital.
- A person who is detained (other than on weekend detention) under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 or the Sentencing Act 1991 or who is held on remand in one of the following youth justice facilities as outlined in the Service Agreement.
Exemptions may be granted by the Commission only for individuals who do not meet the eligibility requirements.
- Asylum Seekers and Victims of Human Trafficking: Initiative Individuals referred to training under the Asylum Seekers and Victims of Human Trafficking Initiative must meet all Skills First Program eligibility criteria except the citizenship/residency requirements.
- Workers in Transition Program: Individuals referred to training under the Workers in Transition Program must meet all Skills First Program eligibility criteria except the ‘upskilling’ requirement.
- Individuals referred to training under the Workers in Transition Program must present to Gowrie Victoria with a Workers in Transition Program Eligibility Letter from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (the Department) and a copy of the separation certificate from their previous employer.
Enrolment for eligible learners is under the Skills First Program and may impact access to further government subsidised training. For additional information regarding the Skills First Program please contact us.
VET Student Loans are part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) that aims to remove the financial barriers to study. VET Student loan is an Australian Government loan scheme available to entitled learners studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, regardless of age or financial position.
VET STUDENT LOANS
VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017 and replaced the VET FEE-HELP scheme, which ceased on 31 December 2016.
VET Student Loan is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) that aims to remove the financial barriers to study. VET Student Loan is an Australian Government loan scheme available to entitled leaners studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications, regardless of age or financial position.
VET Student Loans is a loan from the Commonwealth Government. The loan will remain as a personal debt obligation until it is repaid to the Commonwealth. The loan may affect (by reducing) your take-home (after-tax) wage or salary until the debt is repaid, and may affect your borrowing capacity (i.e. future loan applications) until the debt is repaid to the Commonwealth. Learners are required to repay the accumulated debt through the taxation system once they earn over $54,868 annually (this threshold is reviewed on a yearly basis and is subject to change).
If you are interested in accessing VET Student Loans, go here for more information about how this will affect you. Gowrie Victoria has been approved to be a course provider during the transition period from 1 January 2017 – 30 June 2017 for CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
From 1 July 2017 Gowrie Victoria has been approved to be a course provider for the following qualifications:
- CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
- CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care
- CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management
During application with Gowrie Victoria, you will receive course information for the entire VET course of study, charged on a unit by unit basis, unless you elect to pay a portion of the tuition fees. Census date/s will apply to each of the VET unit/s of study in which you enroll.
You may cancel your enrolment by:
- withdrawing from each VET unit of study on or before the census date; and
- in accordance with the Gowrie Victoria Withdrawal Policy;
Cancellation will result in you:
- not incurring a VET Student Loan debt; and/or
- receiving a refund for any up-front tuition fee payments made on or before the census date
You may wish to seek independent financial advice prior to applying for a VET Student loan.
Please note: Cancellation or Withdrawal from any VET unit/s of study AFTER the census date will incur a debt for the respective unit/s of study.
VET STUDENT LOAN ELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for VET Student Loan assistance:
- You must be an Australian citizen or;
- The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa and a resident in Australia for the duration of the unit of study or;
- The holder of a New Zealand Special Category Visa ( NZ SCV)*
- You will be residing in Australia during the entirety of the unit/s of study;
- Are enrolled in any relevant unit/s of study on or before their census date
- Have a current Australian Tax File Number;
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit (for 2017, the limit is $100,879 for most learners. The FEE-HELP limit is a lifetime limit and is not reset or ‘topped up’ by any repayments that you make.)
* NZ SCV holders are required to meet a range of long term residency requirements.
These requirements are:
- that the learner arrived in Australia at least 10 years ago as a dependent child (i.e. aged under 18 years of age and did not have a spouse or de-facto partner); and
- the student has been ordinarily resident in Australia for the previous 10 years (that is, they have been here for the last 10 years – including resident for eight of the last 10 years, and 18 months of the last two years), and;
- the learner is otherwise eligible for HELP.
Other important information to note:
- Applications for VET Student Loan assistance do not incur any application fees.
- Certificate IV units and below are not eligible for VET Student Loan assistance.
- VET Student Loan assistance amounts are paid directly to the VET provider by the Australian Government.
- An additional 20% loan fee is applied by the government to the VET Student Loan debt of all non-Skills First funded learners.
- VET Student Loan debts will be repaid through the Australian taxation system once your repayment income is above the minimum threshold (visit the VET Student Loan information page for more information on the threshold).
- The Australian Government updates VET Student Loan information on an annual basis.
- You will receive your Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) containing information about your enrolment and use of VET Student Loans directly from Gowrie Victoria.
A census date is the date that a learner incurs a VET Student Loan debt for a unit/s of study in which they are enrolled.
The census date is set by Gowrie Victoria, and is also the deadline for various requirements, including:
- Applying for a VET Student Loan by completing and submitting a Electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) no later than two days prior to a census date;
- Providing a Tax File Number where a VET Student Loan is requested (if not already provided);
- Cancelling a request for Commonwealth assistance, which must be requested by the learner prior to the census date;
- Formally withdrawing from any unit/s of study without incurring a debt, which must requested by the learner prior to the census date; and
- Cancelling an enrolment by withdrawing from each VET unit of study, which must be requested by the learner or prior to the census date.
To view or download the Census Dates and Fees information for 2017, please click on the circumstances below that apply to you.
For further information, contact us or visit the VET Student Loan information page.
For enrolment in Certificate III and IV level courses, a concession fee of 20% of the published fees will be charged to learners who are eligible under the Skills Frist Program prior to the commencement of training, and who hold one of the below current and valid concession cards:
- Health Care Card issued by the Commonwealth
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Veteran’s Gold card
- An alternative card or concession eligibility approved by the Minister
The Concession also applies to a dependent spouse or a dependent child of a card holder.
Concession fees are also applicable to all Skills First Program eligible individuals enrolling into any level qualification who self-identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.