Vocational Education and Training in Victoria

Available Course Levels:

The Asylum Seeker VET initiative covers applicants who wish to complete VCE, Foundation Studies, Certificate levels 1 to IV and Diplomas.

Applicants undertaking VCE or courses at Certificate levels 1 to IV are eligible for a subsidised place, as well as a concessional tuition fee rate.

Applicants undertaking diplomas are eligible for a Government subsidised place with tuition fees at domestic student rate; unless the RTO reduces or waives the fees due to hardship or other extenuating factors.

The Asylum Seeker Vocational Education Training (ASVET) program is a Victorian State Government funded initiative to support up to 3000 people seeking asylum and refugees to gain access to Government-subsidised VET courses until June 2018.                                                                           

VET courses available under this new initiative includes VCE, Foundation Studies, Certificate 1 to Certificate IV courses and Diploma courses.

If you are a person seeking asylum and would like to access a subsidised VET course, you must first meet the eligibility requirements.

You must hold one of the following visas:

Bridging Visa Class E (BVE)

•Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV)

•Temporary Protection Visa (TPV)

You must also:

Hold study rights for all courses and work rights for some

•Have proficiency in English to participate effectively in the chosen course

•Live in Victoria

•Be able to cover course concession fees, material fees, student amenities fees and transport costs while studying


If you are eligible for subsidised VET courses under the Victorian State Government initiative, please call the ASRC on 8537 9500 to make an appointment to see an Education Advisor.

Several workshops and a conference on ASVET will be held for RTOs between January 2017 and June 2018.



RTOs can also call the ASVET Helpdesk on 03 9274 9807 from 10 January 2017 which will be open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.