FAQs

Costs and finances

Are there any costs if I do a course at TAFE?
Does everyone have to pay the full fee?
What if I cannot afford to do the course?
If I withdraw will I get a refund?
Can I get Austudy or the Youth Allowance for a TAFE course?

Courses

What courses can I do if I only complete Year 10?
What if I am a mature age student?
Can I do VCE full time at a TAFE Institute instead of at school?
Are there any GippsTAFE courses that I can start if I have a job or other daytime commitments?
Can I transfer my GippsTAFE course to another institute or interstate?
If I have already studied at University, can I enrol in TAFE?
Can I apply for an apprenticeship through TAFE?
What are entry requirements for GippsTAFE courses?
How can I find out more about TAFE courses?

Enrolment

What do I need to take when applying in person to enrol in a course?
How does GippsTAFE decide who gets into courses?
Can I start a GippsTAFE course in mid year?

Students with particular needs

Does GippsTAFE assist people with disabilities and disadvantages?
Can TAFE help me with my maths and English if I am struggling in my studies?

Studying at TAFE

What is it like to study at GippsTAFE?
Why should I consider a TAFE course?
Why do so many people enrol in TAFE courses?

Costs and Finances

Are there any costs if I do a course at TAFE?

Yes. There are a variety of fee structures for our courses and for students in different circumstances.

Does everyone have to pay the full fee?

There is a concession fee available to eligible students. The concession fee is applicable to students who have a valid Centrelink issued health/pensioner/veteran gold card. This must be presented at the time of enrolment.

Fees for Indigenous Students (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander)
As part of the Wurreker strategy, a different fee structure applies for people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is a compulsory fee charged by GippsTAFE to support a range of student services.

Prospective students can direct their enquiries regarding fees to the Customer Service and Information Centre at any of the GippsTAFE campus locations.

What if I cannot afford to do the course?

There are concessions, student loans and VET Fee Help (for Diploma & Advanced Diploma) services available to students.

If I withdraw will I get a refund?

Yes, provided the student meets the criteria, a refund will be available for the tuition fees paid in excess of the minimum fee and any other fees and charges paid by or on behalf of the student. This criterion requires the student to withdraw by written notice from government-funded training or further education before 4 weeks of the course has elapsed. This period is measured from the scheduled commencement date of the course.

If a student withdraws from only part of an enrolment, a refund for the portion of the tuition fee and materials fee applicable to that part of the training or further education will be applicable.

If a course is cancelled by GippsTAFE at any time during the period of a person's enrolment, a refund will be given for the full tuition fees, the pro-rata portion of any student services and amenities fees, any incidental fees for goods and services that have not been used prior to the date of cancellation, and fees for materials that have not been used prior to the date of cancellation.

Enquiries regarding Fee Refunds should be directed to the Customer Service and Information Centre at any of the GippsTAFE campus locations

Can I get Austudy or the Youth Allowance for a TAFE course?

Yes, if you are eligible. To find out if you might qualify please visit a Centrelink Office near you or contact Centrelink on 13 2490.

You may also like to make some general enquiries with the Student Support Officer at GippsTAFE on (03) 5127 0102.


Courses

What courses can I do if I only complete Year 10?

You can attend a TAFE Institute after completion of your Year 10 if you have obtained an apprenticeship or traineeship with an employer. However, you may find that most employers prefer to take on new apprentices and trainees who have satisfactorily completed at least VCE Units 1 and 2 (Year 11).

Although you will greatly increase your employment opportunities by staying on at school to complete VCE, there are several special TAFE programs for early school leavers.

There are many pre-apprenticeship courses to consider if you are looking to get an Apprenticeship, as well as many other options for you to consider as well.

If you have completed Year 10 and are unsure as to the course you wish to study simply contact the GippsTAFE Student Support Officer to help you get on a Career Path (03) 5127 0102.

What if I am a mature age student?

If you are over 18 and have been out of full-time education for at least a year, TAFE classifies you as a mature age student.

You will be eligible to apply for mature age entry into GippsTAFE courses and can also apply to complete VCE for Adults (years 11 and 12) at GippsTAFE.

It may not be necessary for you to have completed the first four years of secondary schooling if you can show that you have the ability to cope with the level of study.

Can I do VCE full time at a TAFE Institute instead of at school?

TAFE does not offer full-time VCE studies to school age students. However, people over the age of 18, who have been out of full-time education for more than one year, are eligible to enrol in the VCE for Adults program. This course is offered either part-time or full-time. 

GippsTAFE also offers the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
VCAL is a more hands on approach that is equivalent to the VCE. For additional details please contact the GippsTAFE Community Access Department.

Are there any GippsTAFE courses that I can start if I have a job or other daytime commitments?

Yes. In many subject areas, GippsTAFE provides part-time evening classes for people who cannot attend during the day and wish to pursue studies for skills enhancement and promotion.

It is also possible to have a part-time job and do a GippsTAFE course part-time during the day. You can also start a part-time course and later change to full-time, or vice versa.

There are also Short Courses that may suit you as well as courses that can be undertaken online.

If time is of the essence, you may also like to explore Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) if you have on-the-job experience but no formal qualification. 

There are a number of options to choose from. Be sure to check with the Department offering your desired course for further information about the alternatives that are available to you. 

Can I transfer my GippsTAFE course to another Institute or interstate?

Yes, you can transfer into the same course at another TAFE Institute, if there is a vacancy in the course at that Institute. Accredited TAFE subjects completed at GippsTAFE are fully transferable to other TAFE Institute courses.

If I have already studied at University, can I enrol in TAFE?

Many GippsTAFE students have already completed all or part of a university degree, and are now gaining a vocational qualification to improve their chances of obtaining employment. If the tertiary course you have already studied has some studies in common with the TAFE course you enrol in, you may be able to gain credits for specific modules within the course. It would also be worth exploring Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Eligibility criteria for a Government subsided place apply.
 

Can I apply for an apprenticeship through TAFE?

To do an apprenticeship course at a TAFE Institute, you must first find an individual employer or a group training scheme that will employ you and arrange for registering of your training contract. It is then up to you and your employer to choose a TAFE Institute that suits your training needs.

You can find out more information about securing an apprenticeship on the Australian Apprenticeships Job Pathways website: www.aajobpathways.com.au

GippsTAFE also runs pre-apprenticeship courses, which are designed to increase your chances of securing an apprenticeship by giving you the basic skills you need to start work on the job.

What are the entry requirements for GippsTAFE courses?

GippsTAFE courses are available to everyone, provided that they meet the necessary entry requirements and satisfy any additional selection criteria where there are more applicants than places available.

The entry requirements for GippsTAFE courses vary.

Some programs require completion of VCE (Year 12 of secondary school) or equivalent (such as VCAL), while others may require that you are employed, have previous work experience in a relevant area or have previous qualifications.

Some courses also have specific selection criteria for entry, which could involve presenting a folio of work, attending an interview or sitting an aptitude test.

Most courses also accept mature age students, even if the applicant has not completed their VCE. Mature age people may apply to have their previous life and work experiences recognised with a formal qualification, or credits toward one. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Information regarding the criteria for each course can be found on the individual course pages in the Courses section of the website.

How can I find out more about TAFE courses?

  • Visit the 'Search for a Course' and 'Explore Study Areas' sections of the GippsTAFE website.
  • Visit or phone your nearest GippsTAFE campus.
  • Consult the TAFE Courses Guide, which is available from schools, TAFE and public libraries in Victoria.
  • Attend information sessions that GippsTAFE Campuses or Departments may be offering during the year.

Enrolment

What do I need to take when applying in person to enrol in a course?

To enrol in a course at GippsTAFE you will be required to provide identification that includes your date of birth. If you are seeking a concession enrolment, a current and valid card must be provided at the time of enrolment.

In addition, all students must have a completed a GippsTAFE enrolment form, available from the Customer Service and Information Centre at each campus. Checkout the "What you need to know booklet" here.

It is recommended that you also speak with the department offering the course you are enrolling to confirm any documentation that you will need to have for enrolment.

For courses which require VTAC application, check 'Special Requirements' in the VTAC Guide. VTAC Guides are available from Newsagents.

Any enquiries about enrolment should be directed to your nearest Customer Service and Information Centre.

How does GippsTAFE decide who gets into courses?

All offers for entry to GippsTAFE courses, including those processed by VTAC, are made by the Institute's selection officers. Many GippsTAFE departments have their own selection procedures and they vary from course to course.

Can I start a GippsTAFE course in mid year?

Yes, some courses have two enrolment dates each year, while others may offer ongoing enrolments throughout the year. You can check the enrolment periods for specific courses in the Courses section of the website, or by contacting the GippsTAFE department offering the course you intend to apply for.


Students with particular needs

Does GippsTAFE assist people with disabilities and disadvantages?

GippsTAFE has a Disability Liaison Officer and support staff available to assist students with a disability. Each campus also has allocated parking spaces for people with physical disabilities and wheelchair access.

Prospective and current students can make an appointment with the Disability Liaison Officer to discuss their particular needs.

Can TAFE help me with my maths and English if I am struggling in my studies?

The GippsTAFE Community Access Department offers a variety of return to study subjects, and Certificates in General Education for Adults which are of particular assistance to students.


Studying at TAFE

What is it like to study at GippsTAFE?

The GippsTAFE student population varies in size from campus to campus. Most training is conducted is in small classes, typically of about 15 - 20 students, rather than in large lectures. By keeping classes small, students benefit from more individualised attention.

As with other tertiary institutions, GippsTAFE students are expected to organise their timetables and study programs, and meet set deadlines. GippsTAFE is an adult learning environment, containing a range of adult students of various ages, backgrounds and study loads.

GippsTAFE has a range of resources available to students via the Student Support Officer, the mygippstafe portal and the library. Students can tap into personal referral services and counselling. Campus facilities also include student amenities such as the cafeteria, study facilities, computers and internet access. 

Why should I consider a TAFE course?

GippsTAFE courses are a great way to start or progress your career. TAFE training leads to interesting and successful careers, by providing students with skills that relate directly to the needs of business and industry.

TAFE courses focus on developing practical skills and knowledge that enable you to perform well from your first day on the job. Whether you're a school leaver or a worker looking to update your skills, you can find what you need at GippsTAFE.

TAFE is Victoria's largest provider of post-secondary education and training. The variety of courses offered at TAFE is enormous and exciting with over 30 broad study areas, from Agriculture and Natural Resources, Computing and Information Systems to Hospitality. Some TAFEs now offer degrees, so the breadth and variety of options is even greater.

Why do so many people enrol in TAFE courses?

TAFE courses are developed in close association with industry so they clearly match the needs of the market place. They teach practical skills and knowledge so you are prepared to perform useful tasks from your first day on the job.

Over the last few years the world of work has undergone a lot of changes. Advances in technology and the restructuring of many industries are changing the way work is organised and the jobs people do. Workers need to be able to turn their hands to many different tasks and to adapt quickly to change. This makes their jobs more varied and interesting. It also means that, through TAFE and other training programs, it is easier for people to move from their first job in an office or manufacturing environment into management and professional jobs.

If you are straight from school, GippsTAFE courses can train you for that important first job. If you are an adult, you can use GippsTAFE to improve your skills and increase your job choices.