​Foundation skills and equity courses

Foundation skills training is the Government’s commitment to support students in developing language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills. Employability skills are the skills required for participation in the workplace such as collaboration, problem solving, self-management, digital literacy and technology skills.

As well as guaranteeing free access to two priority foundation skills courses, the State Government also subsidises the majority of course costs for over 30 other foundation skills courses.

The Foundation skills list identified all the accredited courses and qualifications that are eligible to receive a government subsidy in 2016, subject to available budget.

While students do not pay for the priority foundation skills courses, they pay a relatively small fee for the other foundation skills courses.

Equity courses promote equality of opportunity in gaining access to vocational education and training or employment. The Equity course list identifies the accredited courses and qualifications that are eligible to receive a government subsidy in 2016, subject to available budget.

Like foundation skills courses, students pay a relatively small fee for equity courses.