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NEW HALF PRICE QUALIFICATIONS!

From 1 January 2022, additional qualifications will be added to the Lower fees, local skills list! This is your time to get skills ready!

Following the success of the first three tranches of Lower fees, local skills courses, the initiative has expanded to include the Certificate II In Hospitality, Certificate IV in Hospitality and Diploma of Hospitality Management.

The Lower fees, local skills initiative makes training more affordable for Western Australians. That means there's now up to 60 qualifications with course fees reduced by half or more offered at NR TAFE.

The additional courses were determined in consultation with industry and feedback from the Skills Summits to address skills shortages.

The reduced course fees will be available from 1 January 2022, however you can apply now through North Regional TAFE by emailing info@nrtafe.wa.edu.au.

The maximum annual fee students will pay is capped at $400 for concession students, jobseekers and youth and $1,200 for non-concession students.

The highly successful Lower fees, local skills initiative has made training more affordable in WA and trained more than 70,000 Western Australians in 2021. 

For more information, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/skillsready

There has never been a better time to get into training!

Whether you are looking for a job, thinking about a career change, or upskilling for your own development, now is the time to get skills ready!

We’re making training affordable and accessible so you can boost your skills and be job ready.

How about a free training course — yes... free! You can also choose from up to 60 qualifications here at North Regional TAFE with course fees slashed by half or more, or new skill sets — fast track training to get you job ready. Select one of the options below to find out more.

This program is funded by JobTrainer - a joint initiative of the Western Australian and Commonwealth Governments.
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Free courses 
Half price courses 
Infection control 
Skill Sets 

 

Lower fees, local skills - course fees slashed!

How would you like to get a nationally recognised and accredited qualification but pay only half-price course fees? From tourism and hospitality to commercial cookery, aged care to automotive and engineering, business and IT, healthcare and childhood education, electrical to heavy vehicle mechanical technology — to name just a few — there really is something here for everyone under the Lower fees, local skills program, and this is where the jobs are!

These qualifications are matched up with the skills employers are looking for, so you'll be job ready!

What qualifications have course fees slashed right now?

We currently have up to 60 Lower fees, local skills qualifications with course fees slashed by half price — some by up to 72 per cent!

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Look for this half price icon on the course list, to see qualifications that currently have their course fees slashed. 

Download a PDF list of courses here (913 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)

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The annual fees cap applies for all of the Lower fees, local skills qualifications. This means that regardless of how much your course fees actually are, you will not pay more than a set total amount per qualification or course per year. The fees cap is set at $400 for eligible concession students, and $1,200 for non-concession students.

Check out our FAQs at the bottom of the page for more information.

The following people will be eligible for the $400 annual course fees cap under Lower fees, local skills

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving JobKeeper payment
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of services from one of the following Commonwealth support or employment services programs:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • ParentsNext
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or  Health Care Card; or
    • Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

Please note that only course fees are half price for the Lower fees, local skills qualifications. You may be required to pay other fees that apply to your course. Please check out our FAQs at the bottom of the page or speak to our client services team.

Get free Skills Ready training

We have worked closely with WA industries, businesses and employers to find out the types of skills needed right now and for future jobs. Free skill sets developed from nationally recognised vocational training are now available at North Regional TAFE — some are also available online. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to fast track your training and get skills ready!

The free training focuses on the following two options:

  • Infection control skill sets to get you skills ready and job ready for COVID-19 safe workplace requirements — free for everyone
  •  Skill sets to get you skills ready for current job opportunities as WA's economy recovers — some are free for everyone, and others are free for eligible students including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 not at school.

We have worked closely with WA industries, businesses and employers to find out the types of skills needed right now and for future jobs. Free skill sets developed from nationally recognised vocational training are now available at North Regional TAFE — some are also available online. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to fast track your training and get skills ready!

The free training focuses on the following two options:

  • Infection control skill sets to get you skills ready and job ready for COVID-19 safe workplace requirements — free for everyone
  • Skill sets to get you skills ready for current job opportunities as WA's economy recovers — some are free for everyone, and others are free for eligible students including displaced workers, concession students and youth up to 25 not at school.

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Free infection control skill sets

Fast track your skills with our free infection control skill sets to get you job ready - 100% free for everyone!

These infection control skill sets have been developed specifically to get you job ready to safely manage infection control in the workplace. They match up with the skills employers are looking for, to support WA businesses in key areas such as aged care, disability support, retail, hospitality, transport and logistics. 

The skill sets contain selected units of competency from nationally accredited and recognised vocational qualifications that target specific skill areas.

Check out the list of free infection control skill sets

Job ready skill sets

Not all jobs need a full qualification, and maybe you don't either — skill sets are the perfect solution. Skill sets can help you get ready for your first job, or re-skill quickly for jobs that are available as WA's economy recovers.

These new job ready skill sets have been developed in consultation with businesses and employers to deliver fast track training that will get you skills ready for jobs in areas including hospitality, health care, retail, business, cyber security, agriculture and construction.. and many more.    

Our job ready skill sets are 100% free for the below eligible students. Fees apply for non-eligible students. All enquiries regarding eligibility for free courses should be made directly to our Client Services Team.

Eligible students

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving JobKeeper payment
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of services from one of the following Commonwealth support or employment services programs:
    • Jobactive
    • Online Employment Services
    • ParentsNext
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or  Health Care Card; or
    • Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

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Frequently Asked Questions

Skills Ready program

Are all those infection control skill sets really free?

Yes! The Skills Ready infection control skill sets are totally free, for everyone*! 

The course fees and any resource fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government, through Jobs and Skills WA, so that there is no cost to you. 

The free infection control skill sets target areas that WA needs right now, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. By making these courses free we are able to help more people get skills ready, boost their skills for the future, and get jobs. 

Please note: The minimum age requirement for the Entry Into Care Roles and the COVID-19 Direct Care skill sets is 18 years. For the other infection control skill sets, students must be 15 years of age or older.  

The free training is available to residents of Western Australia.

Temporary residents
Persons holding one of the following visa types are also eligible:

  • holders of a sub-class 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826 visa;
  • secondary holders of a temporary visa of sub-class 457; and
  • 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.

Who is not eligible

  • Persons living outside of Western Australia, or Australia, are not eligible.
  • International students and people on a student visa are not eligible.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s VET Fees and charges policy- Opens in a new window(opens in a new tab) outlines eligibility for subsidised training in WA.

There are six free infection control skill sets available, each focused on a specific area of work.

The COVID-19 Direct Care skill set was developed in consultation with WA employers in the aged care and disability services sectors and the Community Services, Health and Education Training Council. It contains three units of competency chosen to get you job ready for entry-level employment.

  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures 
  • HLTWHS005 Conduct manual tasks safely 
  • CHCCCS011 Meet personal support needs 

The CHCSS00114 Entry Into Care Roles skill set addresses the skills and knowledge required to provide entry level support and basic client care for a range of roles and purposes within the aged care and disability support sectors. The support provided in client care will be predominantly non-direct. The skill set is comprised of the following units.

  • HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

HLTINFCOV001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures is a nationally recognised unit of competency, to train people to follow organisational infection prevention and control procedures including implementing standard and transmission-based precautions and responding to infection risks. With this skill set, you can select from three industry areas — transport and logistics, hospitality (food handling), and retail — so that you can choose the one that best matches with the type of work you're looking for or currently doing.

The skill set HLTSS00064 Infection Control is linked to the unit HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures and has been designed for the healthcare sector; specifically those working in aged care or disability support.

  • For further information about the free infection control skill sets, including where they are available and how to enrol, please click here.

The minimum age requirement for the Entry Into Care Roles and the COVID-19 Direct Care skill sets is 18 years.

For the other infection control skill sets, students must be 15 years of age or older.

All job ready skill sets are available to everyone, and 100% free for the following eligible students.   

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding school students)
  • Secondary school-aged persons who are not enrolled at school
  • Persons receiving the JobSeeker or JobKeeper payment
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card or Health Care Card; or
    • Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Persons and dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

Course and resource fees will apply for non-eligible students.

If you don't meet these eligibility requirements, please contact North Regional TAFE to find out more about course and resources fees. 

 For further information about the job ready skill sets, including where they are available and how to enrol, please click here.

Skill sets

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) — the national regulator for vocational education and training (VET) — defines a skill set as follows.

"A single unit of competency or a combination of units of competency from a training package which link to a licensing or regulatory requirement, or a defined industry need."

In VET, a qualification or course is made up of a number of units of competency, and each of those units has defined learning outcomes based on the skills and knowledge it covers. A skill set is developed by choosing individual units of competency that target a specific set of skills and knowledge, to meet the needs of industry or a particular job role.

Skill sets are also used to upskill workers — for example; if cleaning staff at a hospital needed to learn about infection control, or if office workers needed to learn some management skills — in situations where a full qualification is not required.

Because skill sets are based on nationally accredited units of competency, when you successfully complete a skill set short course those units can count towards a full qualification if you decide to do further study. 

Because the skill sets are not a full qualification, you will not receive a certificate.

You will receive a Statement of Attainment that lists all of the units of competency you completed in the skill set. This statement is recognised nationally as an official record. It verifies that you have completed those units, so you can receive credit for them should you continue on to further study. 

Yes! Completing a skill set is a great way to find out whether this is the industry area for you, and decide if you want to do further study and gain a full qualification. 

The Skills Ready skill sets contain units of competency taken from nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications. This means they work perfectly as a pathway to further study.

The Statement of Attainment you receive on completion of a skill set verifies that you have completed those units, so you will receive credit for them should you continue on to further study. 

Lower fees, local skills - half price* course fees

The Lower fees, local skills courses are available to residents of Western Australia.

Temporary residents
Persons holding one of the following visa types are also eligible:

  • holders of a sub-class 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826 visa;
  • secondary holders of a temporary visa of sub-class 457; and
  • 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.

Who is not eligible

  • Persons living outside of Western Australia, or Australia, are not eligible.
  • International students and people on a student visa are not eligible.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development’s VET Fees and charges policy- Opens in a new window(opens in a new tab) outlines eligibility for subsidised training in WA.

The following people will be entitled to a concession rate on the Lower fees, local skills courses. 

  • Persons and dependants of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card;
    • a repatriation health benefits card issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs; or
    • a Health Care Card
  • Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependants of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution
  • Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school

The half price rates under Lower fees, local skills apply only to course fees, and these are set by the Department of Training and Workforce Development's VET fees and charges policy.

You may need to pay other fees — that will depend on the qualification you choose. For example; if you do the Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, you may need to pay for specialist equipment such as a knife. Or some courses may require you to purchase a workbook and there will be a resource fee for that. Our Customer Services Team can provide details of any such fees that apply to the course you're interested in. 

The "annual fees cap" means that regardless of how much your annual course fees actually are, under Lower fees, local skills you will not pay more than the capped amountThere are two-course fee caps, which one you pay depends on whether you are entitled to receive a concession rate or are aged at least 15 years of age but have not reached the end of the year in which you turn 25.

  • The concession rate annual course fee cap for Lower fees, local skills qualifications is $400, from the date the new fee applied.
  • The non-concession rate course fee cap for Lower fees, local skills qualifications is $1,200, from the date the new fee applied.

 The following people will be entitled to a concession rate on the half price course fees under Lower fees, local skills.

  • All students aged 15—24
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding:
    • a pensioner concession card;
    • a repatriation health benefits card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs; or
    • a Health Care Card
  • Persons and dependents of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution
  • Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school

The non-concession rate course fee cap for Lower fees, local skills qualifications is $1,200.

All students aged 15—24 years of age are eligible for the annual concession fee cap of $400 per qualification/course per year on all Lower fees, local skills qualifications, from the date the new fee applied. 

The annual course fee caps under Lower fees, local skills are applied at qualification/course level for the calendar year.

For example; if you complete two courses in one year, the course fees will be capped for each course.

nder Lower fees, local skills the $400 course fee cap applies to units of competency that are commenced by concession students, and by people aged between 15 and 24 years.

If you are turning 25 during your course, please speak to your TAFE college or training provider to check what course fees and/or price caps will apply. 

The Lower fees, local skills program commenced on 1 January 2020, with half price course fees to be in place for eligible courses until 31 December 2025.

Any units of competency commenced by new or continuing students in the selected qualifications between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 will attract the half price course fees. Any units of competency commenced outside of this period will attract the regular course fees.

39 additional qualifications were added on 2 July 2020.

Any units of competency commenced by new or continuing students in the selected qualifications between 1 July 2020 and 31 December 2021 will attract the half price course fees. Any units of competency commenced outside of this period will attract the regular course fees.

The Lower fees, local skills qualifications are available whether you study full time, part time or even online.

The half price course fee rates and annual fee caps will also be available for units of competency that are commenced between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021, where those units form part of a Lower fees, local skills qualification from the date of the new fee arrangement.

If you have already started one of the Lower fees, local skills qualifications and will be continuing it in 2020/21, you will pay the half price course fees for any units of competency in that qualification that you commence from the date the new fee applied.

Yes! Some of the Lower fees, local skills half price qualifications are available as an apprenticeship or traineeship, which means as an apprentice or trainee you or your employer would be eligible for the half price course fees and annual course fee caps. 

Pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships courses are also available under Lower fees, local skills; to help you prepare to get an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Please note that the lower course fee rates under Lower fees, local skills and the annual course fee cap apply only to units of competency within a course or qualification that you commence from the date the new fee applied to 31 December 2025. 

If your apprenticeship or traineeship is likely to go beyond 2025, please speak to your TAFE college or training provider for information on how this might affect your course fees. 

Please note: In addition to course fees, you may be required to pay other fees for resources that are specifically needed for your course. Please check with your TAFE college or training provider for details. 

The $1,000 grant can only be put towards additional construction related (separate to your apprenticeship training). It cannot be used to reduce the costs of apprenticeship training outlined in your training plan.

For further information about the $1,000 training grant for building and construction apprentices and trainees, please visit the CTF website Opens in a new window(opens in a new tab)

The half price course fee rates under Lower fees, local skills, and the annual course fee cap, apply only to units of competency within a course or qualification that you commence  from the date the new fee applied and 31 December 2025.  Any units of competency commenced outside of this period will attract the regular course fees.

If you re-commence units that form part of one of the Lower fees, local skills qualifications between the date the new fee applied and 31 December 2025, you will still be eligible for the half price course fee rates and fee caps.

If you have to withdraw from the course, you are entitled to a refund of the course fee and 50% of the resource fee for units that you withdraw from, before the unit withdrawal date. Please contact our Client Services Team for more information.

New qualifications have been added to the Lower fees, local skills program at different stages.

  • If you commenced units in a qualification prior to the date it was included in the program, you will pay the regular course fee rate for those units.
  • If you commenced units on or after the date that qualification was included in the program, the Lower fees, local skills fee rates and annual course fee caps will apply to those units only.  For these units, you will be eligible for a refund.

 A full list of all qualifications in the Lower fees, local skills program, can be found on the Lower fees, local skills course list. Should you have any queries, your TAFE college or training provider can confirm the date your course was included in the Lower fees, local skills program

 If you think you may have overpaid for your Lower fees, local skills course, please contact your TAFE college or training provider to request an adjustment to your invoice and a refund of the difference.

General information

A vocational education and training (VET) qualification is made up of a number of units of competency, and each of those units has defined learning outcomes based on the skills and knowledge it covers. Each unit of competency has a set number of "nominal hours" ie the indicative hours required to deliver and assess the unit. 

Individual units of competency are also used to develop skill sets or short courses, that target a specific skills area. 

The Australian Government offers VET Student Loans (VSL) only for courses at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level. If your Lower fees, local skills qualification is at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, you may be eligible for VSL. Because the job ready skill sets are not full qualifications, they are not eligible for VSL.

Eligible students can apply to get a loan to pay for their fees through the Australian Government’s VET Student Loans scheme (VSL). Under this scheme, once you’re employed and your income exceeds a set level, you start repaying the loan through the tax system. For more information click herevisit the Australian Government's VET Student Loans website Opens in a new window(opens in a new tab)  or contact the student hotline on 1800 020 108.