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Course Fees and Assistance

CIT is the largest provider of technical and further education (TAFE) in the ACT and charges TAFE fees.

CIT generally charges a single fee for each unit of competency and does not charge additional fees for materials or amenities. The exact fee charged for each unit will dependent upon the type of enrolment and the amount of Government subsidy available for that enrolment type (for example, fees for Apprentice enrolments may be different from Standard or Commercial enrolments).

Fees can change on a regular basis in response to changes in delivery costs and Government subsidies.

The total price of a full course of study will depend on the individual units of competency enrolled in and different fees may be charged for various electives or streams within a course. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the options you have in your chosen course of study.

The government (Australian, state and territory) subside some tuition fees, with the level of subsidy differing by course. The level of subsidy can differ by course as some courses are partially subsidised and others attract no subsidy at all. Some courses may have capped places available as well which means only a certain number of people may make use of the applicable government subsidy. TAFE fees often change because these subsidies change. This means TAFE fees may not be the same one year to another which can make comparisons difficult.

To help you in understanding the different types of fees at CIT here are some examples:

Partially government funded (PGF)

Currently most CIT courses fall into this category, but the level of this subsidy can vary between courses, often reaching over 90%.

No subsidy at all (FF)

Some courses will have no Government subsidy of any sort. In some cases this is because there is no Government subsidy available at all; in other cases it may be because CIT has decided to offer that course without subsidy in order to provide a greater level of subsidy for other courses.

Australian Apprenticeships

The total cost of training as an Australian Apprenticeship (apprentice or trainee) at CIT is advertised under the qualification listed on CIT's webpage and varies for each course. The advertised qualification fee is for an apprentice or trainee that successfully completes all units of competency on the first attempt.

The Government subsidises some apprenticeship and traineeship course fees for eligible qualifications identified by the Government as being an occupation with a skills shortage. Courses that are not subsidised are classified as full fee.

ACT Apprenticeships

Apprentice/trainee - Subsidised fees apply to:

  • new workers
  • existing worker in an occupation that is identified on the ACT Skills Needs List

Apprentice/trainee - Full fees apply to:

  • existing OR new Australian Apprentices directly employed by the ACT or Australian Government.
  • existing workers that are not in an occupation on the ACT Skills Needs List.

An existing worker is anyone who has been employed with the company for more than three months full-time or part-time equivalent before the training contract has been signed.

See the ACT Skills Needs List for further information.

NSW Apprenticeships

Under the NSW Smart and Skilled program until 1 July 2024:

  • all apprenticeship qualifications are subsidised, and some are eligible for fee free training
  • most traineeship qualifications for new entrant trainees are subsidised and some new entrant trainees are eligible for fee free training.

See the NSW Skills List for further information.

Additional Fees

In some cases additional fees might be payable for specific purposes. Examples of additional fees are:

  • Recognition Fee - the fee for applying for Recognition by Assessment.
  • Excursion Fees - covering the costs of some excursions.
  • CITCard - replacement fee ($15).

Tax Deductibility

You may be eligible for tax deductions for course fees and associated study expenses.


GST of 10% applies to some fees. Basic tuition fees are GST free.