Fees and payments
From 1 January 2017, TasTAFE will be introducing a new fee structure for subsidised training.
The new fee structure introduces a set of new qualification-based fees which will vary from course to course and which will vary depending on a student’s particular circumstances.
The benefits of the new fee structure include:
- a simplified fee structure and enrolment process
- a clear indication of the full cost to complete a whole qualification/course
- an easier process if you change units
The 2017 Fee Schedule lists all of our qualification courses and associated fees for 2017. If you are a Tasmanian resident and you can find your chosen course on this list, then you should be able to benefit from one of the subsidised rates that is on offer. You will see that there are also fees for those students who may not be eligible for a subsidy.
The fees that are detailed in the Fee Schedule do not include other costs that may be incurred during your study such as text books, workbooks or protective clothing.
Presently this list does not include commercial short course or subsidised skill sets prices and these will be added shortly.
How to work out how much you will be charged?
For each qualification listed in the 2017 Fee Schedule you will see a number of different fees. The fee that applies to you depends on your eligibility status and your financial circumstances.
Consideration 1 – eligibility for subsidy:
You should be entitled for a subsidy if you satisfy the following conditions:
- You are a resident of Tasmanian or working in Tasmania; and
- you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident, or on a state sponsored visa on a pathway to permanent residence, and
- you are of working age.
Consideration 2 – what level of subsidy are you able to access?
The Government has established as a priority an entitlement for Tasmanians to achieve a qualification of at least Certificate III. To help people take advantage of this entitlement, they offer the highest subsidy to students who are on an eligible pathway to a Certificate III. Those who are not on such a pathway can still be eligible for a subsidy but this will be a lower subsidy.
- Students who are eligible to access the highest subsidy are referred to as “Entitled” students.
- Students who are only eligible for the lower subsidy are referred to as “Non-Entitled” students.
On this basis you will see that “Non-Entitled” students will pay fees that are 20% higher than the fees paid by “Entitled” students.
When you undertake the enrolment process you will be assisted to identify whether you are deemed an “Entitled” student, a “Non-Entitled” student, or a student who is not eligible for any subsidy.
Consideration 3 – are you entitled to a concession?
In addition to offering subsidised fees, TasTAFE also offers fee concessions on many courses to eligible students other than students who are entering into a paid apprenticeship or traineeship.
Eligibility for a concession will be determined based on you or your family’s Centrelink status..
You may be eligible for a concession if you:
- Undertaking a Certificate I, II, III or IV;
- are not undertaking a paid traineeship or apprenticeship;
- are receiving a Centrelink allowance such as Newstart, Youth Allowance, Disability Support Pension, a Pension, Austudy or Abstudy
- are listed on a current Centrelink Card as a dependent
- have a current Health Care Card.
To claim a concession, simply produce Centrelink evidence relevant to your benefit/allowance at the time of enrolment. Learning materials such as text books, protective clothing may not be covered by concessions.
Please note: No concession is available for fee-for-service training, short courses or qualifications at Diploma level and above.
Consideration 4 – are you on a pathway to multiple qualifications?
In some industry areas it is possible to commit to a pathway that delivers multiple qualifications. In some circumstances such pathways enable us to offer discounted prices. Feel free to talk to the relevant delivery team to see if such options exist for your courses.
If you have completed unit/s at TasTAFE or with another Recognised Training Organisation (RTO) these units will be recognised and you will receive a credit transfer for these units. This means that you will not need to undertake study and assessment in these unit and they will be formally recognised as credit transfer against you enrolment. To be eligible, all students must apply for credit transfer for units that they have already successfully completed.
It is important that you present this information at the time of enrolment because you will receive a reduction in fees at the time of enrolment. If units are identified after the time of enrolment, you will not receive a refund. However, the ability to claim credit transfers will remain at any time.
For courses undertaken in 12 months or less, you will be invoiced the full course fee.
For courses studied over multiple years, the course fees will be split over the years of study.
At the time of enrolment you will be invoiced the first year’s fees and an invoice will be raised in the following year, and subsequent years around the same time as your ‘enrolment anniversary’.
(applicable to Cert 1 to Cert IV qualifications only)
For subsidised courses, upfront payment of fees at the time of enrolment is preferred. You can use credit card, cash, cheque or EFTPOS to make your payment.
If you are unable to meet your upfront payment, you will be required to make arrangements to pay by instalments, with a 25% deposit payable at the time of enrolment.
Further payments can be made either weekly, fortnightly or monthly – you will be given a schedule of instalments together with payment options of BPay, Service Tasmania, Direct Credit as well as being able to make your payments at Client Services.
Students in receipt of regular Centrelink benefits may choose to pay using the Centrepay direct debit option whereby deductions are made directly from your Centrelink benefits.
Failure to pay debts
If you fail to pay your fees before you finish your course, it will prevent you from receiving your qualification.
Testamurs and/or Statements of Attainment will only be issued once the fees for the course have been paid in full. Failure to pay debts may also result in you not being permitted to enrol in any subsequent TasTAFE courses until the debt has been cleared.
If you are experiencing difficulties in paying your fees, please contact one of our student counsellors to discuss your options.
(applicable to Cert I to Cert IV qualifications only)
TasTAFE will offer a refund of the fees paid by the student if the student meets the criteria for a refund. You will be eligible for a refund if:
- You withdraw before undertaking 20% or less of their course for the current year of study; and
- You have not completed a unit.
You will not be eligible for a refund if:
- You withdraw after undertaking more than 20% of the course for the current year of study; and
- You have completed a unit.
If you wish to withdraw from a course, please discuss this with one of your teachers.
Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications
The scheme allows students to defer payments of tuition fees as a loan with the Australian Tax Office. Further details are available from the VET Student Loans page.
For those students who do not defer their tuition fees payment upfront is required prior to commencement.
Refunds for Diploma and Advanced Diploma Qualifications
Students undertaking a Diploma or an Advanced Diploma can withdraw on or before the Census Date for their unit of study and receive a full refund. Please ensure you familiarise yourself with the Census Date applicable to your unit of study at the point of enrolment.
Child Care Subsidy
A subsidy is available for students who have children in care while they are in class. To be eligible, your child/children must attend a registered child care centre or participate in the Family Day Care program.
Please note: this funding is limited, so please speak with Client Services as soon as possible to see if you are eligible.
International Students can find more information about fees and payments on the International Students Page.