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YMCLC are contracted with the Victorian Government to deliver vocational training under the Skills First Program for eligible students. The Victorian Skills First Program provides Australian citizens and permanent residents the opportunity to access Government-funded qualifications. This funding makes vocational training cost effective and more accessible. The change to the eligibility requirements at the start of 2023 means that eligible applicants can access Victorian and Commonwealth government subsidised funding for courses at YMCLC, even though you may already hold qualifications at the same or higher level. Depending on your eligibility, location, previous qualifications or completed units of competency and individual circumstances at the time of enrolment, YMCLC will assist you to explore your funding options. To find out more about the Skills First Program from the Victorian Government visit

Please refer to our Fees and Charges for 2024 for details on the fees and costs for your qualification.

Under the Victorian Training Guarantee, a subsidised training place is guaranteed to eligible students.  To be eligible, an individual must meet the following requirements:

  • Be an Australian citizen; or
  • Hold a permanent Visa; or
  • Be a New Zealand citizen;

And on January 1st in the year of enrolment be:

  • Under 20 years of age and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training; or
  • Over 20 years of age and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training in an approved Foundation Skills List course; or
  • Over 20 years of age and seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training in a course that is at a higher qualification level than the highest qualification currently held

In addition, an individual is only eligible to:

  • Commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses in a calendar year
  • Undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses at any one time
  • Commence a maximum of two government subsidised course at the same level in their lifetime

Students who do not fall into the above categories, are not eligible and cannot be subsidised, however can still complete the training at a fee-for-service rate.

Students need to provide one of the following:

  • Australian Birth Certificate
  • Current Australian or New Zealand Passport
  • Naturalisation Certificate
  • A green Medicare card
  • Formal documentation issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship confirming permanent residence
  • A signed declaration by a relevant referee.

AND if age is relevant to eligibility, one of the following:

  • Current drivers license or learner permit
  • Proof of Age card
  • A “Keypass” card

Enrolling in Certificate qualification/s will affect your future training options and eligibility for further government subsidised training under the Skills First Program.