Government Funding

Macquarie, in 2017 has the following qualifications available to for eligible students on a full fee or with Government funding under the Higher Education and Skills Group (Skills Victoria):

  • RII30915 – Certificate III in Civil Construction
  • RII30815 – Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations

For further information regarding our Civil Construction Courses, please visit:

For further information and to check your eligibility please visit Skills Victoria Funding.

*You can only commence up to two government subsidised courses at the same qualification level (other than Foundation Skills) in your lifetime, regardless of whether you complete them. There is no lifetime limit on the number of Foundation Skills courses you can commence.

What is the Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG)?

The Victorian Training Guarantee (VTG) is a Government initiative providing subsidized training for eligible individuals who wish to obtain a Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification. It is funded with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. We organize everything on behalf of the student and the process is simple and easy.

How many Government subsidised courses can I commence in 2017?

An individual is eligible to commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses per calendar year

Who is an ‘eligible individual’?

An eligible individual is a person who meets all three criteria below:

1. Are you a citizen or permanent resident?

To be eligible you must be either:

  • an Australian citizen;
  • an Australian permanent resident (PR) i.e. holder of a permanent visa;
  • a holder of a Special Category Visa (sub-class 444, New Zealand citizen).

2. Courses must be completed by an individual physically located in Victoria.

3. Are you upskilling – that is, are you seeking to enrol in a nationally recognised qualification that is at a higher level than the highest qualification you have previously completed?

EXAMPLE: Simon is an Australian citizen, who is living in Victoria and has completed a Certificate IV in Accounting  in 2010. As a result, he is eligible to enrol in a Government subsidised Diploma (or higher) qualification, however he is eligible to Government subsidised training at the Advanced Diploma level.

Important note:  for people under 20 years of age, this restriction does not apply. If Simon was under 20*, he would be eligible to study any Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma course.

* Please note: Age is the age of the eligible individual as at 1st January in the year in which they are commencing the course.

Additional Notes on Eligibility

When assessing your highest prior qualifications completed, you must take following into account:

  • Foundation courses (i.e. Certificate in ESL or General Education for Adults, VCAL Intermediate & Foundation – specific list applies) may be excluded from consideration when assessing an individual’s prior highest completed qualification level.
  • VET courses completed as part of a VET in Schools Program (VETIS) during secondary education may be excluded from consideration when assessing an individual’s prior highest completed qualification.
  • A Vocational Graduate Certificate or Vocational Graduate Diploma course is considered to be at a higher level than a Bachelor degree, when assessing an individual’s prior highest completed qualification.
  • Courses completed overseas where no formal AQF equivalency has been determined, may be excluded from consideration when assessing an individual’s prior highest completed qualification.  This is determined on a case-by-case basis.

An individual is not eligible for government subsidised training if the individual is:

  • A student enrolled in a school and seeking to enrol in accredited vocational education and training (VET) that has been arranged by, or in conjunction with, the school (excluding a School Based Apprentice/Trainee). Government schools are responsible for funding these opportunities for VET through their Student Resource Package (SRP) allocation, including targeted VET in Schools funding. Non-government schools make similar decisions for students on the basis of the resources available to them. This, of course, does not preclude an individual of school age accessing VET opportunities separate to and outside of their school education;
  • A prisoner within the meaning of the Corrections Act 1986 who is held at any one of the following custodial settings as outlines in the Service Agreement;
  • A person who is detained under the Mental Health Act 1986; or the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997 or the Sentencing Act 1991 at the Thomas Embling Hospital; or
  • A person who is detained (other than on weekend detention) under the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 or the Sentencing Act 1991 or who is held on remand in one of the following youth justice facilities as outlined in the Service Agreement.

The funding is not a loan.

Application and Enrolment requirements – Students may receive a National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) survey and/or an invitation to participate in a Department endorsed project and/or be contacted by the Department (or persons authorised by the Department) for audit or review purposes.  The reference to ‘Department’ means the State of Victoria acting through the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (or its successor).

Prospective Students:  Please note, when undertaking a Victorian Training Guarantee Government funded course, this may impact you gaining further funded courses in the future. If you would like to enrol in two courses within one year, they can be the same level qualification but once you graduate from them you cannot enrol in the same level of course again.

Any questions relating to this Student Information Guide 2016 should be addressed directly to the Macquarie.

CEO / RTO Manager

Mr. Steven Miller