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WA Jobs and Skills Eligibility Criteria + Key Terms and Conditions

All students enrolling into a funded place with WA Jobs and Skills, agree to the following terms and conditions as part of their enrolment process.

 

The WA State Government, through Jobs and Skills WA, subsidises vocational education and training (VET) courses in priority areas, to reduce or remove the fees and make training more accessible to all Western Australians.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for free training, reduced-fee qualifications or a subsidised training place; you must have left school*, have your primary place of residence in Western Australia, and are either:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • a permanent visa holder; or
  • holders of a sub-class 309, 444, 785, 790, or 820 visa ; or
  • secondary holders of a temporary visa of sub-class 457 or 482 visa; or
  • a bridging visa E holder (subclasses 050 and 051) who has made a valid application for a visa subclass 785 or 790;
  • Ukraine citizens who are holders of a visa subclass 449 or 786;
  • Afghan citizens who are holders of a visa sub-class 449; or
  • Holders of a bridging visa who are eligible to work and who have made a valid application for a subclass 866.
  • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457
  • a bridging visa holder who has made a valid application for a visa subclass 866; or

Year 12 school students who are leaving school can access a subsidised training place from 23 October 2023.

First Nations people, young people, people out of work or receiving income support, unpaid carers, people with disability, and women facing economic insecurity are particularly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity for fee-free training.

Please note that existing worker trainees are not eligible for the fee-free arrangements.

 

WA Jobs and Skills Ancillary Fees

Students requesting a re-mark of their assessment should do so within four weeks of the date of publication of the results. Should a ‘Not Yet Competent’ candidate achieve an outcome of ‘Competent’ on a re-marking of the assessment, the $25.00 re-marking charge is to be refunded.

 

CHARGES FOR SPECIFIC SERVICES

Wesley charges the following for ancillary costs:

a re-marking of an assessment – each unit $25.

b Replacement of award/qualification/academic record $50.00.

c Re-issue of academic statement. i ii Results on computer network $20.00.

Results from archive $30.00.

Remote assessment supervision $50.00

 

COURSE FEES

The course fee is the sum of fees for all units that a student enrols in.

Trainees are required to pay course fees regardless of mode of delivery, including training that is 100% on the job (unless eligible for fee-free categories).

An hourly rate based on nominal hours will apply to each unit commenced in 2024, unless the course is classified as fee-free.
The composition of courses must comply with training package requirements and enrolled units must be attached to a course.

Table 1: Course fees for 2024
CATEGORY OF ENROLMENT
FEE RATE PER
NOMINAL HOUR
Non-concession student
Category 1 — Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses*
$5.79
Category 2 — Apprenticeships, traineeships**and priority industry qualifications (up to Certificate IV)
$3.25
Category 3 — General industry training (up to Certificate IV)
$4.88
Category 4 — Foundation skills and equity courses
$0.21
Category 5 — Targeted fee relief courses
$1.62
Category 6 — Fee-free courses
$0.00
Concession student
Category 1 — Concession-eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses***
$1.74
Category 2 — Apprenticeships, traineeships**and priority industry qualifications (up to Certificate IV)
$0.97
Category 3 — General industry training (up to Certificate IV)
$1.47
Category 4 — Foundation skills and equity courses
$0.21
Category 5 — Targeted fee relief courses
$0.48
Category 6 — Fee-free courses
$0.00
*Excludes Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications that are targeted fee relief, equity, or FEE-FREE courses.
** Excludes existing worker traineeships, targeted fee relief, equity, or FEE-FREE apprenticeships and traineeships.
*** Refer to the policy section of the Department’s website for a list of qualifications for 2024.

 

EXISTING WORKER TRAINEESHIP

Funded existing worker trainees at any qualification level are charged at the Category 1 fee rate of $5.79 per nominal hour, except in select targeted fee relief courses, where they are charged at the Category 5 fee rate of $1.62 per nominal hour up to the maximum course fee caps specified above. Select targeted fee relief courses for 2024 are available in the policy section of the Department’s website.
Existing worker trainees are only eligible for fee concessions in select targeted fee relief courses and courses specified on the concession-eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma list. Lists of these courses for 2024 are available in the policy section of the Department’s website.

 

MAXIMUM COURSE FEES

The maximum course fee for non-concession students undertaking a targeted fee relief course in 2024 is $1,200.
For concession students and youth, the maximum course fee for undertaking a targeted fee relief course in 2024 is $400. These maximums apply per course in 2024. Where a student is transferred to an updated version of a course, the maximum will be applied as if the enrolment continues in a single course.

 

FEE-FREE 2024

The following courses are fee-free for all students:
•the Course in Applied Vocational Study Skills (CAVSS) and the Course inUnderpinning Skills for Industry Qualifications (USIQ); and
•Skill sets and qualifications under FEE-FREE.

 

STUDENTS IN STATE GOVERNMENT CARE
Students not enrolled at school are exempt from course and resource fees if they:
•are under the care of the Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Communities; and
•are a secondary school-aged person; or
•are under 18 years of age.

 

MULTIPLE ENROLMENTS
Where students enrol in a course and transfer to another campus or RTO to complete the same course, the total course charges will not exceed the maximum charges prescribed in Section 6.1.1.
The student must provide proof of any previous enrolment and fees paid, and a copy should be retained by the RTO for audit purposes.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) involves the assessment of previously unrecognised skills and knowledge an individual has achieved outside the formal education and training system in respect of a specific unit. RPL is an assessment process that assesses the individual’s non-formal and informal learning to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved these required learning outcomes or competency outcomes. While fees for students enrolling in RPL are not subject to this policy and will be determined by the training provider, training providers are required to publish their fees for RPL services.

 

CREDIT TRANSFER

Students are not charged for credit transfer. The transfer of credit provides the student with an exemption from relevant units within a course. Credit transfer does not involve an assessment of the student’s knowledge or skills – it is an assessment of the credentials of the formal accredited learning presented against the destination course to determine the extent to which it is equivalent to the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards in a course.

 

PAYMENT OPTIONS

On enrolment, students will take up one of the following payment options:
a pay the full amount of fees and charges;
b present a signed authority from an employer to invoice that employer for the student’s fees and charges;
c pay the fee by instalment;
d declare their intent to defer payment under the Commonwealth Government’s VET Student Loans program, subject to eligibility and acceptance by the provider;
e pay part of the full amount of fees and charges and defer payment of the other part under the Commonwealth Government’s VET Student Loans program; or
f make application on the grounds of severe financial hardship for fees and charges to be waived for courses below diploma level or concession-eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses.
Students who fail to take up one of the above options must not be enrolled.
Apprentices and trainees

 

PAYMENT BY INSTALMENT

Students who may be offered a  payment plan, have a minimum of eight weeks from the commencement of the unit to finalise payment when paying by instalment.  Failure to do so will result in the cessation of further unit enrolments.

 

WAIVING OF COURSE FEES

Wesley Consultants may waive all fees and charges for students if we assess as being in severe financial hardship for courses below diploma level and concession-eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses. Whether a student is in severe financial hardship is to be determined on a case by case basis by Wesley Management.

Existing worker trainees are not eligible for a fee waiver with the exception of enrolments in concession-eligible Diploma or Advanced Diploma courses.

Time limit
Fee waivers can only be granted for units commenced within the calendar year.

Guides/

1 Severe financial hardship definition
A person is considered to be in severe financial hardship only where they are unable to provide food, accommodation, clothing, medical treatment, or other basic necessities for themselves and/or their dependants. Forms of entertainment or recreation are not basic necessities.
2 Financial hardship assessment
The assessment of whether an applicant qualifies for a fee waiver is to be made on the basis of their individual circumstances and those of any dependent family members.
Subject to the exceptional circumstances outlined below, a fee waiver cannot be given unless ALL of the following criteria are met.
Where these criteria are not met, instalment plans are appropriate and extended payment periods may also be considered.

The student’s income must not exceed the Services Australia income thresholds for the low income health care card, as outlined below.
Status

Weekly income – Total income in the eight-week period prior to applying
Single, no children
$757
$6,056
Couple combined, no children
$1,295
$10,360
Single, one dependent child
$1,295
$10,360
Couple combined, one child
$1,329
$10,632
For each additional child add
$34
$272
2
The student does not have the disposable income to pay the fees via instalments without compromising their ability to meet their basic living needs or those of their dependents.
3
There is no basis for concluding that the student’s financial circumstances are likely to change within a reasonable period (e.g. 12 months).

The student must provide relevant supporting documentation to evidence their claim, including evidence as to their financial circumstances. The nature of the evidence provided will depend on the individual circumstances of the student.

WITHDRAWALS

Students must advise Wesley in writing should they wish to withdraw  to ensure that:
•they are eligible for refunds; or
•they do not incur a liability under the Commonwealth Government’s VET Student Loans program.