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Fees | Payment options

While the State Government subsidises Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Western Australia, as a student you are required to contribute toward the cost of your training.
In order to enrol you must pay the required fees or enter into a fee payment arrangement.

At North Metropolitan TAFE, three types of fees may be charged:

  • Course or tuition fees - set by the State Government and are calculated on the category of enrolment

  • Resource fees - covers materials purchased by NMT which will be consumed or transformed by students in the course of instruction, such as workshop materials & workbooks

  • Other fees - charged for goods and services that are not essential to the course but are provided by North Metropolitan TAFE such as security and IT infrastructure.

In addition to these fees, students may need to purchase textbooks, uniforms and other course specific equipment.


How much will I pay?
An indicative list of course costs is published on our website as a guide for students. Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in, so an approximate amount is shown, they may also reflect the previous semester's fees if the next semester's fees have not yet been released.

These fees are  a summary of semester estimates for students doing state subsidised courses.      Indicative Fees     VET FEE-HELP Fees Schedule

The enrolment fees are applied at qualification level and generally reflect the relative priority of qualifications based on occupational outcome and industry need. Therefore individual units, when undertaken as part of different qualifications, may attract different fee rates.

There are a limited number of subsidised (State Funded) places in each course, and some students may be given the option of paying for the course in full. These are referred to as a Fee for Service Enrolments (FFS).  Fee for Service enrolments have different payment options and is non-refundable unless the course is cancelled.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development is the State Government Department responsible for Western Australia’s Vocational Education and Training fee policy. The policy, including the full schedule of student course fees and charges for State Funded Enrolments can be accessed at the VET Fees and Charges Policy 2016. 

For further information about the way that the State Government funds training in WA, please visit the Future Skills WA website.


Students studying a certificate course may be eligible for a concession. Concession students pay 30% of the course fees (not incidental, resource or other fees). 
You are entitled to concession rates if you hold or are a dependent of a person who holds any of the following:

  • A current Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
  • A current Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veteran's Affairs;
  • A current recipient or a dependant of a recipient of AUSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance; or,
  • Secondary school aged persons (in 2017, eligible students will be born on or after 1 July 1999 and must be at least 15 years old).

To claim the concession you must provide proof of your concession prior to the commencement of classes, otherwise you will be charged the full cost. The easiest way to do that is to bring your concession along with you when you enrol. If your concession is valid for the full enrolment period, then all eligible units commenced within that period attract the concession rate. It your concession is valid for part of the enrolment period, then only eligible units commenced prior to the expiry of the concession attract the concession rate.

A concession does not apply for foundation skills courses or Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications. There is no concession or fee cap for fee for service (FFS), commercial students, RPL and Higher Education.

Fee caps
There is a cap on the fees you pay:
Secondary school students
In 2017, there is a cap of $420 per year for students born on or after 1 July 1999, who are at least 15 years old and who undertake training that is not part of a VET in Schools program.
Resource fees and discretionary fees are not included in the annual cap and will need to be paid in addition to the capped course fee.
Other courses
Course fees for diploma and advanced diploma will not exceed $7,860 per course per year. 
Resource fees and discretionary fees are not included in the annual cap and will need to be paid in addition to the capped course fee.

      All these caps apply to Priority Industry Qualifications, General Industry Training, apprenticeships and traineeships and Foundation Skills courses, and to concessional and non-concessional students.
      These caps do not include fees for Recognition of Prior Learning or commercial courses (fee-for-service).

FEE-HELP | VET Student Loans
There are a number of options to assist you with funding your studies​. 
VET Student Loans
payment options

Pay in full upfront

Payment can be made by EFTPOS, credit card, cash or cheque during enrolment at your nominated enrolment location.

Set up a payment plan

Students wishing to pay their fees via instalments will enter into an agreement with Paysmart financial services. Instalment payments (extending up to 20 weeks) will be collected by direct debit from a Bank account or Credit Card.

To take up this payment option, you must provide:

  • Bank account or credit card details (BSB and account number and name, and name of bank and branch)
  • Complete Paysmart Application
  • 20% of your total fees Deposit

Remote payments

If you live remotely or are unable to attend in person you can pay in full over the phone (1300 300 822) or to set up a payment plan, please complete the Paysmart Request form .

Take out a VET student loan (diploma and advanced diploma students)

Students studying in an approved course can opt to defer all or part of their fees by applying for a VET Student Loan. Under this scheme, you take out a loan from the Commonwealth to pay your fees and pay it back through the Australian Taxation system. 

There are 3 steps to applying for a Vet Student Loan:
   1. Download and read the Vet Student Loans Information booklet for 2017 to ensure you are aware of your obligations under VET Student Loans.  
       When you complete your eCAF you will be declaring you have read the booklet.

   2. Print out and complete the VET Student Loan enrolment form and bring this when you enrol.  You will also need to provide the following evidence of eligibility:
     •    Your Tax File Number or a Certificate of Application for a Tax File Number  (from the ATO or stamped by the post office)
     •    The original and a photocopy of your Australian Citizenship evidence such as a birth certificate, Australian passport, Citizen Certificate or copy of your Permanent Humanitarian Visa
     •    An Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate or evidence of previous studies completed at Certificate IV or higher level.  
           Note If you do not have the above, you will be required to complete a Literacy and Numeracy Assessment

   3. Finalise your application by submitting the eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance form).  
       North Metropolitan TAFE will commence this process for you using the information you have provided on your Vet Student Loan enrolment form, however, you are required to finalise and submit this yourself.  
       Shortly after enrolling you will be emailed details on how to complete the eCAF.

Once you have submitted your eCAF and are approved for a Vet Student Loan, you will be provided with an invoice 14 days before your first census date and a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) within 28 days of the census date.


Complete a company invoice authority

If your employer or another third party agency, has nominated to pay your fees, they are required to complete an invoice authority form. North Metropolitan TAFE will invoice the employer directly for the fees; however it is important to understand that students still accept full responsibility for the payment of all fees and charges relating to their enrolment at North Metropolitan TAFE.

To take up this payment option, you must provide:

Debts from a previous semester

If you have a debt from the previous semester, you will not be able to enrol for the following semester. Please contact Client Services to arrange payment.


Page last updated April 11, 2017