TAFE NSW Fees

The NSW Government has released the 2014 NSW Skills List which defines courses supported by Government funding under new Smart and Skilled reforms to be introduced from January 2015. It covers all qualification levels Certificate II to Advanced Diploma, selected Foundation Skills courses at Certificate I and II levels, all apprenticeships and selected traineeships.

For more information on the transition arrangements for current and prospective TAFE NSW students.

The Smart and Skilled website has further information on Smart and Skilled, including eligibility requirements.

Current and prospective students are encouraged to contact their local TAFE NSW College for advice on enrolment options.

2014 TAFE NSW Fees

Check current 2014 TAFE NSW Fees

Advice for TAFE NSW students on TAFE NSW Fees and transitioning from 2014 to 2015

From 1 January 2015 the NSW Government will be introducing changes to how student's access government subsidised training in NSW.  These changes are part of the Smart and Skilled reforms of the NSW Vocational Education and Training system.

This means that from 1 January 2015 students enrolling in government subsidised courses will have a new fee structure and be required to meet eligibility arangements to allow them to access government subsidised training places.

Students enrolling in 2014 and continuing their course in 2015 will be subject to a new fee structure as of 1 January 2015.  This means that students will be required to pay a portion of the new Smart and Skilled course based fee in 2015, if their course is on the NSW Skills List.  If the course is not included on the NSW Skills List student's will be required to pay a commercial fee (non-government subsidised) to continue their training in 2015.

The Smart and Skilled website has further information on Smart and Skilled, including eligibility requirements.

Access to Government Subsidised Training in TAFE NSW

When you enrol, you will need to pay the TAFE NSW fee, unless you qualify for a fee exemption or Concession fee. You will not be regarded as being enrolled without the payment of, or approved exemption from, the TAFE NSW fee, or payment of the Concession fee.

To be eligible to access government subsidised training in TAFE NSW you must be an Australian citizen or meet the criteria of being an Australian permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or Permanent Humanitarian visa holder

You must also have a NSW residential address or be employed within NSW to be eligible to access government subsidised training places in NSW.

Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students from all Australian States and Territories shall have access to government subsidised training places in TAFE NSW. 

Apprentices who are registered in other States and Territories and are required to undertake training at TAFE NSW will continue to be eligible to access government subsidised training places.

Trainees who are registered in NSW and training at TAFE NSW will continue to be eligible to access government subsidised training places.

If you are not a resident of NSW or working within NSW, fees may vary.  For more information please contact the TAFE college offering your chosen course of study, or please contact 1300 TAFE Western 

For more information please refer to the TAFE NSW policy.

When you enrol in a government-subsidised TAFE NSW course you will be required to pay the ‘TAFE NSW fee’ indicated in the table below, unless you qualify for a fee exemption or fee concession.

Only when your enrolment is complete and you have paid applicable fees will you be entitled to attend class, sit for examinations, receive educational awards, use amenities and services (including travel concessions) or receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

All TAFE NSW fees and charges are subject to change.

Until your enrolment is completed, you are not entitled to:

  • attend class
  • sit for examinations
  • receive educational awards
  • use amenities and services (including travel concessions and childcare places)
  • receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

Special Access Courses

If you are an Australian Citizen or Resident and you enrol in a Special Access Course you pay no TAFE NSW fee. These courses teach skills in:

  • career opportunities
  • community training
  • employment skills
  • literacy
  • numeracy
  • reading and writing
  • school mentoring
  • signed language
  • volunteer tutoring and
  • work readiness.

For more information please contact your local college.

Financial assistance

You may be entitled to financial assistance - check Financial Assistance.

For more information

Call us on 1300 823 393.