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Eligibility Criteria

How many Government subsidised courses can I commence in 2017?

An individual is eligible to commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses in a calendar year. Where an individual is enrolled in a course(s) that is scheduled to commence at a later date in that calendar year, this course(s) must be counted for the purpose of this clause when assessing eligibility.

An individual is eligible to undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses at any one time.

Please note that if you are eligible and chose to enroll under the Victorian Training Guarantee this may impact your access to further government subsidised training.

Who is an ‘eligible individual’?

An eligible individual is a person who meets all three criteria below:

  1. Are you a citizen or permanent resident?
    To be eligible you must be either:

    • an Australian citizen;
    • an Australian permanent resident (PR) i.e. holder of a permanent visa;
    • a holder of a Special Category Visa (sub-class 444, New Zealand citizen). and
    • you must enrol and commence training in a course or qualification provided by Macquarie Commercial College Ltd (MCC) and be:
      1. under 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training; or
      2. over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training in a Foundation Skills List course; or
      3. over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training as an Apprentice (not Trainee); or
      4. over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in training in the Victorian Certificate of Education or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (Intermediate or Senior); or
      5. over 20 years of age (as at 1 January in the year of commencement of training) and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training in a course that is at a higher qualification level than the highest qualification held at the time of the scheduled commencement of training.
  2. Courses must be completed by an individual physically located in Victoria.
  3. Are you upskilling – that is, are you seeking to enrol in a nationally recognised qualification that is at a higher level than the highest qualification you have previously completed?

EXAMPLE: Tom is an Australian citizen, who is living in Victoria and has completed a Certificate IV in Business  in 2005. As a result, he is eligible to enrol in a Government subsidised Diploma (or higher) qualification, however, he is eligible to Government subsidised training at the Advanced Diploma level.

Important note:  for people under 20 years of age, this restriction does not apply. If Tom was under 20*, he would be eligible to study any Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma course.

* Please note: Age is the age of the eligible individual as at 1st January in the year in which they are commencing the course.

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Additional Notes on Eligibility

When assessing your highest prior qualifications completed, you must take following into account:

Foundation courses (i.e. Certificate in ESL or General Education for Adults, VCAL Intermediate & Foundation – specific list applies) may be excluded from consideration when assessing an individual’s prior highest completed qualification level.

VET courses completed as part of a VET in Schools Program (VETIS) during secondary education may be excluded from consideration when assessing an individual’s prior highest completed qualification.

A Vocational Graduate Certificate or Vocational Graduate Diploma course is considered to be at a higher level than a Bachelor degree, when assessing an individual’s prior highest completed qualification.

Courses completed overseas where no formal AQF equivalency has been determined, may be excluded from consideration when assessing an individual’s prior highest completed qualification.  This is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Enquire now to check your eligibility for access to Government Funding – complete our ‘Contact Form’.

Changes Effective 16th June 2014 – Lifetime limit on subsidised qualifications

An individual is eligible to undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses at any one time in a calendar year.

For all enrolments on or after 16th June 2014, individuals accessing the Victorian Training Guarantee will only be eligible to commence a maximum of two courses/qualifications at the same Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level in their lifetime.  This is known as the ‘2 at the same level lifetime limit’.  Any courses the individual enrolled in during a previous Calendar year but has subsequently withdrawn from count towards the new maximum lifetime limit of 2 government subsidised courses.

Individuals will also only be eligible to commence a maximum of two accredited courses with the title ‘Course in…’ in their lifetime (excluding courses on the Foundation Skills List).    Qualifications listed in the Approved Foundation Skills List will not be counted towards the course maximums.

The ‘2 at the same level lifetime limit’ applies in addition to all other existing eligibility criteria, including the upskilling requirement, and the existing limits on the number of courses a student can commence in a calendar year (2), and the number of courses a student can undertake concurrently (2).

This variation does not mean an individual can complete a second qualification at the same level as one they have already completed. It means an individual can only begin two qualifications at the same level before needing to move to another level, regardless of whether they completed the qualification or not.

EXEMPTION – If the student is recommencing training in the same qualification at the same or a different provider then this will not be counted towards the ‘2 at level’ limit.

For example – A person enrols in the following in a given calendar year:

  •             Diploma of Management
  •             Diploma of Business

and then in the following calendar year, they have not finished and decide to withdraw. The new rules for all enrolments received on or after 16th June 2014 mean that this person would NOT be eligible to enrol in the Diploma of Financial Planning (as it is a qualification at the same level as the previous 2 enrolments), however they would be allowed to enrol in the Certificate IV in Financial Services and/or the Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning (provided they satisfied all the other criteria).

Moreover, if the student decided to withdraw from the Diploma of Management / Diploma of Business they would be able to re-enrol in these exact two qualifications (with the same provider or another provider) as it meets one of the exemption rules.