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Fees & Charges

The following course fees and charges information is applicable only to Domestic students. For information on fees and charges for International students, please see our International courses page. All students are assessed at the time of enrolment to determine whether they are eligible for Government subsidised training.  

Studying at SuniTAFE does incur a cost for the student and generally, course fees at SuniTAFE are made up of Tuition and Materials fees. Please contact our Customer Service Centre if you have any questions about our fees. All course fees (Tuition and Materials fees) must either be paid in full at the time of enrolment, or by committing to one of our alternative payment options.

Government Subsidised Places

The Victorian Government has announced an initiative designed to give improved access to students who are up-skilling, retraining or refreshing their qualifications at a TAFE institute. As a Victorian TAFE provider, SuniTAFE is able to offer Eligibility Exemptions to selected students commencing after 2018, regardless of previous qualifications. This offer is NOT available to private training providers. Speak to us now to see if you can take advantage of this funding rule change.

Are you eligible for Government Subsidised training?

Under the Skills First initiative, students who wish to access Government subsidised fees must be assessed to determine their eligibility. To be eligible you must:
  • Be enrolling in a program that is higher than the Australian qualification that you currently hold;
  • Not undertake more than two Government subsidised programs in a calendar year; and
  • Not have commenced more than two programs at the same level in your lifetime.
  • Visit the Victorian Skills Gateway website for further information and to check your eligibility.
If you are not eligible for Government subsidised fees, you may qualify for an eligibility exemption!


Tuition Fee

The Tuition Fee is for the training undertaken to complete your qualification. The fee amount varies according to the number of student contact hours in a course. For students assessed as eligible, Tuition Fees are subsidised by the Victorian Government.

When eligible for a government subsidised place, the government subsidises the course cost. The amount of the subsidy will depend on the course being enrolling into and the date the course commences. If you are not eligible for a subsidised place, you can still undertake a course, and your fees will be unsubsidised, or 'self-funded'.

More information about assistance for students undertaking Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses (and some approved Certificate IV courses) can be found on our VET Student Loans page.

Tuition Fee Concessions

Tuition Fee concessions may apply if a student holds one of the following concession cards or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students:
  1. Commonwealth Health Care Card
  2. Pensioner Concession Card
  3. Veterans’ Gold Card
The concessions provided for (1) and (2) also apply to the dependent spouse or dependent child of the card holder.

Concession fees are not available for students enrolling into Diploma or Advanced Diploma courses except where applicable for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Students claiming a concession must provide evidence they are eligible for the concession at the time of enrolment, otherwise full fees will be charged. Students are advised to contact Centrelink prior to enrolling to determine if they are eligible. The concession fee is calculated as 20% of the total tuition fee.

More information about assistance for students undertaking Diploma and Advanced Diploma Courses  can be found on our VET Student Loans page.

Materials Fees

These fees allow you to get the resources you need to complete your course. These charges are set by each department at SuniTAFE, and vary from unit to unit. Further information about these fees can be viewed on each course page under Units and Assessment.

Fee Payment Options

SuniTAFE accepts payment via EFTPOS/credit card. Full payment of course fees or committing to one of the alternative options outlined below must be completed prior to commencing training.

VET Student Loans are available for tuition fees for eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses within Course Cap amounts. In instances where a course is not eligible or when the course cap has been exceeded a payment by Instalment Plan may be available.

Materials fees cannot be deferred using VET Student Loans, although you can use the Payment Plan options below for these fees.

If you are eligible to defer your tuition fees through VET Student Loan, you cannot enter into a Payment Plan for those fees.

More information about assistance for students undertaking these courses can be found on our VET Student Loans page.
There is no upfront fee for VET Student Loans.

Centrepay is a voluntary bill-paying service which is free for Centrelink customers.  Use Centrepay to arrange regular deductions from your Centrepay payment.
You can start or change deduction at any time.  The quickest way to do it is through your Centrelink account online.

Debitsuccess Payment plans are available through the external provider Debitsuccess. You must complete a Payment Plan Agreement to take up this option. There is a 4.7% administrative charge, and a $12 booking fee, which is added to the total fees.

A $250 deposit is required when taking up a Debitsuccess Payment Plan.

Sponsor Payment/Authority to Invoice may be provided by your employer or support agency which gives SuniTAFE the authority to invoice your fees to that organisation. This may be for all or part of your fees, and an invoice is sent to your employer or agency for payment.

Certificate replacement and academic statement replacement fees

Accredited Certificate $50
Accredited Certificate (originally issued prior to 2000) $80
Statement of Attainment $15
Participation Statement $15
Registered Post (on request) $15