Fees & Eligibility

As a tuition-paying student at WAIFS, you gain access to all of WAIFS facilities and services including:

  • Fully equipped classrooms;
  • Access to lecture material and notes;
  • Laptops are available for the students to use during the day;
  • Two student recreation areas with wireless access;
  • An on-call counsellor.

For more information on fees please refer to our Domestic Fees Sheet.

*Please note fees on this document are quoted in AUS Dollars.

If you would like to find out the next intake date for a desired course, please click here

Concession Fees Eligibility
The following students are entitled to the concession rate on course fees:

  • Secondary school-aged persons, not enrolled at school i.e. the student applicant is a person who has reached 15 years of age but has not reached the end of the calendar year in which their compulsory education period expires, as defined in the School Education Act 1999. For 2017, these persons will be born on or after 1 July 1999.
  • Persons and dependants of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution.
  • Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of the Youth Allowance.
  • Persons and dependants of persons in receipt of AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY.
  • Persons and dependants of persons holding
    • A Pensioner Concession Card.
    • A Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
    • A Health Care Card.
  • If the concession is valid for the full enrolment period, then all eligible units commenced within that period attract the concession rate. If the concession is valid for part of the enrolment period, then only eligible units commenced on or after the start date and prior to the expiry of the concession attract the concession rate.
  • Concessions are not available for existing worker traineeships.

Fee Waiver
WAIFS may waive all fees for student applicants who can prove severe financial hardship. Financial hardship is defined by Jobs & Skills WA and applicants MUST meet the definition and criteria to be eligible for a waiver. WAIFS will require information from you to prove your severe financial hardship claim.

A person is considered to be in severe financial hardship only where they are unable to provide food, accommodation, clothing, medical treatment, or other basic necessities for themselves and/or their dependents. Forms of entertainment or recreation are not basic necessities.

For more information and the Financial Hardship Fee Waiver Application Form click here.

Eligibility for CALD Programs of Study
Applicants must have been born overseas in a country where English is not their first language and be able to provide documentation to prove this. For e.g. one of the following:

  • A humanitarian visa
  • A passport
  • Travel documents
  • A birth certificate

Please note that applicants born in Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, the USA and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people are excluded from CALD and are not eligible to apply under this program.

Eligibility for Priority Industry Training (PIT)
A training place is guaranteed under PIT for as long as a student remains an eligible student enrolled in a State priority qualification where a training place is available. The guarantee means that for State priority courses, the Government will not limit the number of training places it subsidises.

There is no upper age limit and no restrictions based on your previous level of awarded qualification.

You are eligible for a guaranteed training place if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you are:

  • An Australian citizen; or
  • A permanent visa holder or holder of visa subclass 309, 820 or 826; or
  • A dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457;
  • And you meet the normal entrance requirements for the course.

Eligibility for Traineeships
Traineeships are available for anyone of working age to train, study and earn an income in a wide range of occupations while they remain employed. Traineeships fall into two categories:

  1. New Worker – A new worker trainee is a person who starts their employment with an employer under a training contract, or has been employed with the same employer for less than 3 months full-time or less than 6 months part-time employment.
  2. Existing Worker – An existing worker trainee is defined as a person employed with the same employer continuously for more than 3 months full-time or 12 months casual or part-time or a combination of both, immediately prior to starting their training contract.

I’m an employer – Why would I bother training my staff, they work for me anyway? 

There are plenty of reasons why! Some are financial and easily quantifiable and some are non-quantifiable. Here goes:

  • The Australian Government provides incentives to employers for training their staff up to $4,000***
  • Paying payroll tax hurts! If you are paying the 5.5% for payroll tax, you’ll be interested to hear that trainees do not count towards your threshold for payroll tax – so training saves you money!
  • You know that if your employees just knew a bit more they could be much better at their jobs – whether that is better customer service or know faster ways to do things.
  • Your workers will love you for it – an employer who invests in training and professional development is worth working for!

 Academic Entrance Requirements – All Courses

Certificate II and Certificate III Courses Completed Year 10 or equivalent or be a mature age student (over 21) with a CV which demonstrates you would be capable of entering a qualification at this level.
Certificate IV Courses Completed Year 11 or equivalent or be a mature age student (over 21) with a CV which demonstrates you would be capable of entering a qualification at this level.
Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses Completed Year 12 or equivalent, or be a mature age student (over 21) with a CV which demonstrates you would be capable of entering a qualification at this level.

 Specific Pre-requisite Course Requirements
Some courses delivered by WAIFS have specific pre-requisite entrance requirements in addition to the above. Information will be provided at enrolment.

English Language Requirements (N/A for Native Speakers)
All of WAIFS courses have minimum English requirements which vary based on the level of the course. E.g. a Diploma or Advanced Diploma at WAIFS requires a minimum 5.5 IELTS overall or equivalent. Further information is provided at enrolment. This is only applicable for students where English is not their first language.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a way of using your existing skills, knowledge and experience to get a formal qualification.

RPL considers all relevant skills, knowledge and experience that you have regardless of the way you got them. This includes experience and training you have gained through paid work, volunteer work and previous training and/or life experiences.

If you undertake an RPL assessment with WAIFS, you may be able to gain a complete qualification or, if you have gaps in your knowledge, parts of a qualification which you can then complete with additional training.

Why RPL?

  • You can attain a formal, nationally recognised qualification in a shorter period of time and at a significantly lower cost.
  • Your career and education options may be increased through formally recognised skills and knowledge.
  • You do not have to repeat or waste time learning what you already know.
  • You can finally “get that piece of paper” that says you are skilled without having to attend class.
  • There may be opportunities for you to get into a university course if you are recognised for 100% of a Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualification.

Apply for RPL

(i)  Contact WAIFS – either contact your trainer at WAIFS or discuss the possibility of RPL with WAIFS at enrolment .

(ii) Evidence Requirements – Our Assessor will contact you and work with you during the RPL process to determine exactly what evidence is required.

(iii) RPL Assessment Undertaken  – WAIFS’ assessor will review your skills and knowledge based on the evidence you provide and match them to units within a qualification. ​

(iv) Outcome Notified -Your WAIFS’ assessor will give you information about the skills and knowledge that have been recognised and whether you have gained the full qualification.

Skills Gap Training – If you do have any skill gaps, your WAIFS’ assessor will discuss with you how these may be addressed to complete the qualification.