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Additional Fee Free TAFE places announced

Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. Thousands of South Australians have enrolled and commenced study in Fee Free TAFE courses since the launch of the initiative at the beginning of 2023.

Over 4,000 additional Fee Free TAFE places will be available at TAFE SA each year for the next three years commencing in 2024.

This extension of the initiative represents a significant investment in training delivery in South Australia and will support industries facing skills shortages, growth industries and emerging sectors, creating more opportunities for South Australians to access new and high-level skills in priority areas such as:

  • Care (aged care, childcare, health care, disability care)
  • Clean energy
  • Hospitality
  • Technology and digital
  • Construction and infrastructure
  • Foundation skills
  • Agriculture
  • Sovereign capability (for example manufacturing, and defence), and
  • VET workforce

Fee Free TAFE is intended for new students to the course being offered. Students need to be new to the course, not new to TAFE SA.

The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments.

People from the following groups are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • First Nations Australians
  • Young people (17-24)
  • People who are out of work or receiving income support payments
  • Unpaid carers
  • Women facing economic insecurity
  • Women undertaking study in non-traditional fields
  • People with disability including autism and neurodivergence
  • Certain categories of visa holders

Fee Free TAFE courses by region


Community Services

Tourism courses are not included as part of Fee Free TAFE.

Please note, Fee Free TAFE covers the tuition fee of the course. Where applicable some courses may include additional fees such as a Resource Fee or Incidental Fee.

Contact us

Visit our eligibility criteria and FAQs page for more details. If you need further assistance, please contact the TAFE SA Infoline on 1800 882 661 or email us

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