Skills First Victoria

What is Skills First Victoria

Skills First is a Victorian Government program that provides access to government-subsidised training for courses in growth industries. If you are eligible, your tuition fees will be lower. Skills First training includes qualifications and some skill sets.

Eligibility criteria (Victoria)

To be eligible for Skills First Victoria you need to:

1) Citizenship

You must be:

  • an Australian citizen,
  • or an Australian permanent resident,
  • or a New Zealand citizen.


2) Physical location

You must be physically present in Victoria while participating in training and assessment.


3) Course limits

Skills First funding is limited to:

  • two courses at a time
  • two courses in a year.


The ‘2 Skill Sets in a year’ and ‘2 AQF qualifications in a year’ limits - In a calendar year, a student may only commence a maximum of two:

a) Skills First subsidised Skill Sets; and

b) Skills First subsidised programs that are AQF qualifications.


The following scenarios are not counted when determining if a student meets these limits:

a) transitioning from a superseded program to the current version of the same program;

b) recommencing training in the same program (at either the same or a different provider);

c) enrolling in an Apprenticeship (not Traineeship) after having participated in one of the programs identified as a ‘Pre-Apprenticeship and Pathway Program’ on the Funded Programs Report; or

d) participation in '22510VIC – Course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk’.


The ‘2 at a time’ limit - A student may only commence a maximum of two Skills First subsidised programs at any one time. Participation in the '22510VIC – Course in Identifying and Responding to Family Violence Risk’ will not be counted when determining if a student meets this limit.

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2023 Referral Partner List

MAX Solutions Pty Ltd (RTO0667) has written agreements in place with the following Third-Party Referral Partners. Referral Partners are not education providers. The Referral Partners role is to provide marketing and referral services for MAX Solutions Pty Ltd:

Fresh Futures Australia Pty Ltd

Commencement of Agreement – 24/05/2023

Completion of the Agreement – 24/05/2024

The Shepherd Education

Commencement of Agreement – 31/07/2023

Completion of the Agreement – 31/12/2023

Future Workforce Pty Ltd

Commencement of Agreement – 10/11/2023

Completion of the Agreement – 10/11/2024