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For apprenticeships and traineeships under free training for Year 12 graduates

Free tafe for Year 12 graduates provides eligible Year 12 graduates with the opportunity to gain a high priority qualification within a year of leaving school.

There are nearly 160 qualifications to choose from across a range of industries and some qualifications are delivered on campus or as part of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

If you start an apprenticeship or traineeship in a high priority qualification, you need to be aware of the following rules that apply if changes to your training contract occur within or after the 12-month calendar year after Year 12.

A. Change of supervising registered training organisation (SRTO)

You can continue to undertake free training if you and your employer decide to change your SRTO within the calendar year following Year 12.

But, if your re-enrolment with a new SRTO takes place after the calendar year, then you are no longer eligible for free training and standard program fees will now apply.

B. Cancellation of the training contract and 'recommencement' (change of employer)

You can continue to undertake free training if you cancel your training contract and recommence with a new employer within the calendar year following Year 12.

However, if cancellation of your training contract and recommencement with a new employer takes place after the calendar year, then you are no longer eligible for free training and standard program fees will now apply.

C. Transfer of the training contract (change of employer)

You can continue to undertake free training if you transfer your training contract to a new employer and retain the same SRTO. It does not matter when the transfer occurs, either within or after the calendar year following Year 12, as your training contract has not stopped or discontinued.

However, if you transfer to a new employer and also change SRTO, then the same rules apply as for change of SRTO - see item 'A'. In this case, you can only continue to undertake free training if the transfer (including change of SRTO) takes place within the calendar year following Year 12.

D. Converting a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT) to free tafe for Year 12 graduates

If you have started a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship and will be continuing your qualification after finishing Year 12, then you will be eligible providing:

  • the qualification is a high priority qualification under the applicable funding program (either User Choice or Certificate 3 Guarantee)
  • you convert and continue training in your qualification within the 12-month calendar year following Year 12.

Last updated 2 August 2018

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