What is the Asylum Seeker VET program?
The Victorian government has expanded the Asylum Seeker Vocational Education Training (ASVET) program to exempt eligible asylum seekers from the usual citizenship and residency criteria required for participation in an accredited training course under subsidised and/or concessional rates.
The expansion of the program has introduced a range of measures that have increased accredited training places, broadened eligibility, lowered fees, and made a wider range of subsidised accredited courses available to eligible asylum seekers, including access to all courses offered through the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) seeking advice about supporting and enrolling asylum seeker students via the ASVET Program may contact the RTO Helpline managed by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC).
RTO Helpline, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
For more information, see:
Asylum Seeker Vocational Education Training
Who can participate in the ASVET program?
To be eligible to participate in the ASVET program, individuals must hold a current valid visa with study rights. Holders of the following visas are eligible to participate in the ASVET program:
Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV)
Temporary Protection Visa (TPV)
Bridging Visa class E (BVE).
Victims of human trafficking, forced marriage or slavery-like offences participating in the federally funded Support for Trafficked Persons Program, who are issued with Bridging Visa Fs (BVFs), are also eligible, and can be referred to accredited training providers in Victoria by the Australian Red Cross.
Types of funding
Subsidised accredited training
BVE, SHEV or TPV holders may enrol in accredited courses directly or via ASRC referral.
Direct enrolment in accredited training
Students with a valid visa may directly enrol in an accredited course with a TAFE Institute or a Learn Local provider that delivers accredited courses. At enrolment the training provider will ask the student for visa details in order to verify visa eligibility by checking the visa via the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system.
Enrolment in accredited training via ASRC's referral service
The ASRC manages a service for eligible asylum seekers that provides vocational education and training advice and referral assistance to students seeking to enrol in an accredited course. To access this service contact the ASRC on the helpline number listed above.
Enrolment in pre-accredited training
Please note that citizenship requirements apply for all direct enrolments into Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) Board subsidised pre-accredited programs, however the ACFE Board has recently approved the inclusion of Jobs Victoria registered asylum seekers into Jobs Victoria identified ACFE Board subsidised pre-employment, pre-accredited programs offered by Learn Local providers (see details below).
JOBS Victoria Employment Network asylum seeker pre-accredited referral program
Jobs Victoria registered clients holding valid BVE, TPV or SHEV with work and study rights may be exempted from citizenship requirements for undertaking identified ACFE Board subsidised pre-accredited program via a referral pre-employment program managed by Jobs Victoria.
Jobs Victoria Employment Network partners (Jobs Victoria partners) are funded by Jobs Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR). The partner organisations support clients to get work, including job search support, work preparation, active engagement with employers to identify suitable employment opportunities and placement into jobs.