South Australian Government Funded Training Subsidies

South Australian Government Funded Training Subsidies

Overview – South Australian Government Funded Training Subsidies

The South Australian Government offer a range of initiatives to assist individuals to access subsidised training in certain VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses to improve their employment opportunities. You can find out more about these programs at https://www.skills.sa.gov.au/.

Australis College is approved for a range of courses on our scope to deliver subsidised training for South Australian residents who meet eligibility requirements.

South Australian Government Funded Training Subsidies Courses:

To apply for these subsidies please complete the online application form here.

For Corporate programs (15+ enrolments), please contact our Enterprise team on 0438 099 041 or enter your details here.

Eligibility Requirements

Participant Eligibility Criteria applies. To access South Australian subsidised training or traineeships you must live and/or work in South Australia and be:

  • An Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen
  • A permanent Australian resident
  • The holder of a state sponsored visa on a pathway to permanent residency
  • 16 years or over and not enrolled in school
  • 16 years of over, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS), or
  • Are undertaking training through a training contract.

To demonstrate eligibility, you will need to supply us with ID and evidence of:

  • Citizenship or visa eligibility
  • Residency in South Australia
  • Date of birth. *Note the College does not take enrolments for South Australian applicants less than 18 years of age.
  • Completion of an Application Form.

Eligible people may also access the following funding subsidies if required following an upfront skills assessment prior to enrolment:

  • One foundation skills course
  • Up to five bridging units at every qualification level
  • Unlimited priority courses.
  • A person with no qualification.

Depending on the applicant’s training and employment level they may access the following:

Highest accredited non-school qualification at first enrolment after 1st October 2015Accessible courses
No qualification held after school and unemployed job seeker registered with Employment Service ProviderOne certificate II level course or two courses from certificate III to advanced diploma level.
Qualification up to certificate II levelTwo courses from certificate III to advanced diploma level
Completed a certificate III level or above including university qualificationsOne course from certificate III to advanced diploma level.

You can check whether you are eligible by using the government’s Participant Eligibility Criteria at this link: https://www.skills.sa.gov.au/

Concession Entitlements

The South Australian government also offer further concessions for applicants that at commencement of training in a unit of competency within the course hold a current:

  • Health Care Card
  • Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran Affairs Concession Card; OR
  • The applicant is a Prisoner.
  • Guardianship of the responsible Minister.


Refer to the applicable course page for information on fees.

Application and Enrolment

All applicants applying for South Australian subsidies are required to complete an Upfront Assessment of Need process regardless of their prior level of education prior to enrolment. The purpose of this process is to ensure the applicant is suitable for the level and choice of course and is provided with tailored support so they have the best chance of successfully completing the program. It is designed to address barriers in literacy and numeracy, learning and the ability to study that may impact on training, work and life.

Upfront Assessment of Needs Process

  1. Enquiring South Australian applicants will undergo a suitability and support needs interview with a Course Advisor. Depending on the interview outcomes, the applicant may be referred or proceed to a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA – Literacy and Numeracy Assessment).
  2. Submit Application Form, ID and evidence requirements as outlined above.
  3. Applicants wishing to enrol in a Certificate II or III level course are sent a link to complete a ZOOM supervised SRNI (Snapshot Reading and Numeracy Indicator Report), those wishing to enrol in a Certificate IV level or higher must complete the LaNCA (Literacy and Numeracy Comprehensive Assessment).
    • Applicants sitting the SRNI need to complete an Exit level 2 or greater for reading and numeracy before proceeding to enrolment. If this is not achieved, the applicant will be referred to the LaNCA assessment.
    • Applicants sitting the LaNCA need to complete at an Exit level 2 or greater for writing, and an Exit level 3 or greater for reading and numeracy to proceed to enrolment.
  4. If the applicant meets the Exit levels, they will be sent a Course Declaration with links to policies and the SA Handbook, together with a Participant Agreement prior to Training Contract being created.
  5. On receipt of these documents, an invoice is issued and on payment the enrolment completed.
  6. If the results of the Core Skills assessments are below the Exit levels stipulated by the Department, this results are sent to a qualified foundation skills expert who will produce a comprehensive report on the supports required and if any bridging units or foundation skills training needs to be undertaken prior to the applicant enrolling in their chosen course. The College may need to refer the applicant to another training provider for this to occur, or if supports cannot be offered, transfer to the Department.

It is important to note that any applicant who is unwilling to proceed through the UAN process may withdraw and enrol as a full fee-paying student however they will not be able to access the subsidised training. Australis College is unable to enrol an applicant into a SA training account if the UAN determines gaps in basic skills requiring a foundation course.

Refer to the South Australian Supplementary Handbook for more information on enrolment terms and conditions.