The Asylum Seeker Vocational Education and Training (ASVET) program is a Victorian State Government funded initiative which supports eligible people seeking asylum, and refugees, to gain access to Skills First Victoria VET courses.
The ASVET initiative covers applicants who wish to complete VCE, Foundation Studies, and VET Certificate levels 1 to IV, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. Applicants undertaking VCE, or courses at Certificate levels 1 to IV, are eligible for a subsidised Skills First place, as well as a concessional tuition fee rate.
Applicants undertaking diplomas are eligible for a Government subsidised place with tuition fees at the domestic student rate. Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas do not have concession rates.
Skills First Victoria
As part of the ASVET initiative, the ASRC will refer eligible applicants to Government subsidised training courses as listed on the Skills First Victoria website.
- TAFEs and Learn Locals are able to directly enrol eligible people.
- Privately registered training organisations (RTOs) require a referral from the ASRC to enrol students into subsidised Skills First VET courses.
- From January 2019, people seeking asylum, and refugees, who are eligible for Skills First training, will also be able to access free tuition in 30 priority non-apprenticeship courses, delivered through TAFEs across the state.
- A further 18 government-subsidised apprenticeship pathway courses (sometimes called pre-apprenticeships) will also be free to eligible people seeking asylum.