Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are for people who want technical or trade
skills, or skills for a specific job. There are many vocational training courses in areas such as
information technology, business services, art and media, tourism and hospitality, child care,
transport and logistics, construction, mining, manufacturing and rural industries.
Before accessing VET studies, you should research the courses you would like to do and see
what current skills are in demand for jobs in Australia. The MySkills website provides
information to help with this research at www.myskills.gov.au
The MySkills website also provides information on the training organisations delivering VET
courses in Australia. These include Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Institutes, Adult
and Community Education (ACE) organisations, and Private Registered Training
Organisations (RTOs).
Secondary school students may be able to take VET courses in their final years at school.
Fees are charged for VET courses and students may need to buy their own books, materials
or equipment. Students must complete secondary school to qualify for some courses.
For eligible students enrolled in diploma-level and above VET courses, the Australian
Government offers the VET FEE-HELP loan scheme. VET FEE-HELP provides students with
financial support so that they do not have to pay their fees upfront. Students who obtain a
VET FEE-HELP loan must repay it through the tax system once their income reaches the
minimum repayment threshold. When applying for this loan, it is your responsibility to be
aware of all the obligations and requirements before signing up. For more information about
VET FEE-HELP, go to http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/vet-fee-
help/pages/vet-fee-help

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