If you have obtained a qualification at Certificate III level or lower after leaving school, you’re entitled to enrol in a subsidised course up to Certificate III level, but you will pay a higher fee than someone who has not achieved any qualifications since leaving school. If you already have a Certificate IV or higher qualification, you are not eligible for a subsidy for qualifications up to Certificate III. However, from 2016, if you have a Certificate IV or higher qualification you will be able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level, providing you meet the personal eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled. As you already have a post-school qualification, you will pay a higher fee for your Smart and Skilled training than someone who does not have any qualifications.
If you have a post-school qualification at any level, including a university qualification obtained overseas, you are eligible to enrol in a subsidised course at Certificate IV or above, but you will pay a higher fee than someone who does not have any qualifications.
These conditions do not apply for apprentices or trainees who are new entrants undertaking specific traineeships. These students are eligible for a government subsidy for the qualification that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship, regardless of any previous qualification they have, and they will pay the lower student fee.
Also, most foundation skills courses do not count as a post-school qualification.