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10 Top Questions And Answers About Vocational Educational Courses In Australia

10 Top Questions And Answers About Vocational Educational Courses In Australia

As an international student, one of the important decisions you have to make is choosing a course.

If you are one of those considering undertaking a vocational education course in Australia, you are not alone.

Many international students choose to come to Australia to study a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program.

This is due to the fact that the Australian VET system is one that is built on high-quality teaching standards that produce VET graduates with qualifications that are recognised all over the world in various industries.

If you are considering studying a VET course in Australia you might have some questions you need to be answered to help you make a decision.

Here are the top ten frequently asked questions and answers about VET programs in Australia.

Many international students choose to come to Australia to study Vocational Education and Training (VET) programs.

  1. How Much Does A Vet Course Cost?

The fees paid by international students are different from that paid by domestic students.

As an international student, you will be generally required to pay the full tuition fee unless you are able to get a scholarship.

The fees for VET courses vary as it depends on variable factors such as the type of course, length of course, choice of VET provider, type/level of qualification, and location.

You should expect to pay between $4,000 to $20,000 AUD per VET course.

The fee structure for VET courses depends on whether the course is subsidised by the government or not.

Most of the time, international students will need to pay the full fees, however, it’s best to find out from the VET provider about the specific eligibility requirements for fee subsidies that may be available for your chosen course.

It is common to have to pay full fees when studying with a private VET provider or at some TAFE institutes as an international student.

The fees are usually set by the VET provider and there is no established minimum or maximum amount.

For this reason, it is suggested that you carefully consider your course options to find the right course and taking the cost of that course into consideration.

  1. How Long Will The Course Last?

The length of the course you choose will depend on the type of course you choose, the level of qualification and whether you choose to study full time or part-time.

The length of the course of study could vary between six months to three years if you are undertaking full-time studies.

It would take longer than that if you are studying as a part-time student. The benefit of choosing to study part-time is that it gives you the flexibility to structure and balance your work and personal commitments with your studies.

  1. What Do The Weekly Time Commitments Look Like?

Your weekly time commitments as a VET student will depend on the course you choose and the mode of study – full time or part-time.

Usually, with part-time studies, you might be attending classes for one or two hours a couple of days or night each week.

Time commitments are longer for full-time students with being required to attend a number of classes each day for up to five days a week.

It is important to be able to have the capacity, maturity, motivation and time-management skills to be able to juggle the different sets of time commitments you have as a full time or part-time student.

  1. What Course Should I Choose?

For you to be able to make a decision on the course to study, you need to carefully consider things such as your interests, career goals, costs, time commitments as well as your existing experience and qualifications.

An important point of consideration for international students is what you plan to do after you finish your studies.

It is not uncommon for international students to be interested in staying longer after their studies to live and work in Australia.

In this case, the course you choose as an international student is an important factor in achieving your goal to live and work in Australia after your studies.

You will also need to consider which level of studies most suits your personal circumstances and the differences between qualifications such as Certificate I, II, III, IV and Diploma.

If you have something you’re interested in or if you need help with choosing a VET course to study, feel free to get in touch with us to help you figure things out.

  1. Should I Study For A Certificate or Diploma Qualification?

This also depends on your experience, qualifications and career/personal goals. Once this has been settled, you should be able to determine if a Certificate or Diploma course is suitable for you.

So what to the different course qualification levels mean, especially Certificate and Diploma, which are the qualifications offered by most VET institutions.

The standard and criteria for each qualification level is defined in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Certificates I – IV

Generally, you will obtain qualifications at certificate level after completing a course or program at VET or TAFE.

At this stage, you are able to develop a solid understanding of specialised practical and theoretical skills.

Your reason for studying for a certificate qualification could be for your interests, employment reasons, career progression, or to be able to get admission into higher education such as a Bachelor’s degree.


You also obtain qualifications at diploma level after completing a course or program at VET or TAFE.

Some diplomas provide a pathway for progression into Bachelor’s of higher degree. For example, you can undertake a Diploma of Laws for one year as a prerequisite to gain admission for Bachelor of Laws.

You can also study for a diploma for the purpose of achieving career progression or to develop your knowledge or skills in the workplace.

“The standard and criteria for each qualification level are defined in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).”

6. Can I Study and Work At The Same Time?

The simple answer is Yes! However, as an international student, it is important to be aware and comply with the conditions attached to working on a Student Visa.

If you hold a student visa, you and your dependent family members are allowed to work with your visa. You and your family members must not breach the work conditions that apply to your student visa.

Once your course has started you are allowed to work up to a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session, and you can work unlimited hours when your course is out of session.

Find out more information about this on the Department of Home Affairs website.

7. Can I study A VET Course Online?

This depends on the course you choose and the VET provider.

Generally, undertaking courses under online delivery or distance learning mode is not available to international students.

This is because, under the ESOS Act, international students are not allowed to undertake more than 25% of their studies online.

It is suggested you make enquiries with your chosen institution or check the course catalogue more information about courses that are available to international students online in Australia.

8. Can I Still Study If I Live In A Regional or Remote Area?

This will depend on the course you choose and the VET provider.

Some VET providers have campuses in regional and remote areas making easier for people living in those areas to have access to study.

You might also be able to take some of your courses online depending on the program you choose, which allows you the flexibility of studying from home as long as you have a reliable internet connection.

9. What If I Am Struggling With My Studies?

This is not uncommon so don’t stress! You will find that there are other international students going through similar situations and this is understandable especially since you have a lot to adjust to as an international student. 

You will find a range of support services available from different VET institutions so you can reach out to the support team in your institution for help. 

Some of the support services provided in higher institutions include – counselling, disability support, career advice, study skills and complaints.

10. What Should I Look For In A VET Provider?

Things to look for in a VET provider that would help you decide if they are suitable for you are:

  • The range of courses on offer
  • Flexibility to study part time or full time
  • Course Costs
  • Financial and other support available
  • Location of campuses across Australia

You will find a range of support services available from different VET institutions so you can reach out to the support team in your institution for help. 

YouEnrol provides a full-service student concierge and consultancy experience we are also able to help and advise you further on steps you can take to achieve your study and career goals as an international student in Australia.

Do not hesitate to book an appointment with us for a free no obligation discussion where we help you to get started on your journey to studying in Australia the right way.

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