What are the differences between Government subsidised and fee-for-service training places?
Government subsidised training places attract a subsidy from the government that pays for your training fees (tuition fees). You must meet set criteria to be eligible for a government subsidy and provide acceptable evidence to support this. Refer to the table within this document to see how much the Government contribution towards your training may be.
Fee-for-service training (also known as non-Government subsidised training) places are for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements for government subsidy or fee concession. Fee payment plans are available for fee-for-service students; however we also have other payment options. See below.
Other payment options
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Which fees apply to Government subsidised Courses?
If you supply acceptable evidence to show that you are eligible for government subsidised training (please see below for eligibility), Brite Institute will apply to the government to pay for your tuition fees. As of 1 January, 2019 Brite, does not charge any additional fees for tuition or amenities. As such, all government subsidised training can be considered “free” to the student.
In 2019 you are eligible for a Victorian government-subsidised training place if you:
Meet one of the following citizen/residency status categories:
Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa); or
New Zealand citizen
And are any of the following:
Under 20 years of age
Seeking to enrol in a Foundation Skills course (contact Brite Institute for details of Foundation Skills Courses)
Seeking to enrol in nationally recognised training as an apprenticeship
20 years and older and 'upskilling' by seeking to enrol in a course at a higher level than your existing qualification
You haven't begun and are not enrolled to begin two or more other government-subsidised courses this calendar year. (This means that you can start no more than two government-subsidised courses in this calendar year)
You are not already doing two or more other government-subsidised courses. (This means that you can do no more than two government-subsidised courses at one time).
You have not commenced two government subsidised courses at the same level in your lifetime (for example, at Certificate III level)
You have not commenced two government subsidised accredited courses with the title ‘Course in…’ in your lifetime.
(Please note: Some foundation level courses are exempt from being counted towards the maximum of two government subsidised courses per calendar year. Full list here)
Who is eligible for a fee concession?
Whilst Brite may take a copy of a concession card upon enrolment, it is important to note that:
Concessions fees are not available for non-government subsidised training
As of 1 January, 2019, no tuition fees will be charged for government subsidised training, therefore concessions are not applicable.
What will your training cost if you are a Job Seeker?
If you are a referred through a Job Active (JA) Provider, the provider may be able to assist you with paying your enrolment fees (non-government subsidised training). Generally, the cost for materials and amenities fees is your responsibility but you should contact your JA provider to discuss the possibility of further assistance. If you are a Job Seeker but do not have a JA provider, you may still meet the eligibility criteria for a government subsidised training place. Please contact Brite Institute (p: 03 9301 7300) to discuss.
What is a Fee Waiver/Exemption?
Specific fee waivers/exemptions may apply to government subsidised courses. For example, prisoners from the Judy Lazarus Transition Centre and young people required to undertake a course of study pursuant to a community-based order are not charged a tuition fee. Please speak with us prior to enrolment if you believe you may be eligible for a fee waiver or exemption.
Fee payment options
Payment for non-government subsidised training can be made via cash, cheque, money order, credit card, EFTPOS or direct debit into Brite Institute's bank account. If an employer or third party is paying your fees, confirmation from that party must be provided.
When must my fees be paid?
Fees for non-Government subsidised training which may include text book fees and amenities fees must be paid at enrolment or prior to training commencement (or at least a portion of). A payment plan can be developed for all subsequent payments.
What happens in situations where a student is experiencing difficulty paying fees?
Any person able to demonstrate extreme hardship may apply for a fee exemption or concession fee. “Extreme Hardship” is not defined specifically, but the phrase indicates that the circumstances are exceptional. Reasons for the exemption or concession must be documented by the student on the application.
What other charges apply?
Your original Certificate or Statement of Attainment is provided as part of your tuition fees. Requests for any further copies or re-prints of Certificates or Statements of Attainment will incur the following fees:
$30.00 for a copy that is scanned and emailed.
$150.00 for a hard copy full colour reprint on parchment paper (postage fees inclusive)
What happens if there are unpaid fees?
A Certificate or Statement of Attainment will not be issued until all outstanding fees have been paid.
Brite Institute’s Refund Policy
The following information only applies to non-government subsidised training. As of 1 January 2019, no tuition or amenity fees are charged for Government Subsidised training, therefore the following refund policy does not apply.
Brite Institute does not accept tuition fees in advance. Training materials/resources and/or amenities fees paid at enrolment or prior to training commencement shall not exceed $1000. Brite Institute will refund fees paid in advance without penalty should a course be cancelled or a student not commence.
Fees paid by students who discontinue within four weeks of course commencement may be refunded less an administration fee (charged as a percentage of the overall fees) and less the cost of any materials provided.
Fees paid for students who withdraw from a training program more than four weeks after course commencement will not be refunded. Requests for refunds will be processed within 28 days of receiving the written request. Refunds will not be issued in cash.
Fees will not be refunded until:
a written request for refund has been submitted to Brite Institute’s RTO Operations Manager
there is official notification from the party who paid the fees, that the student has withdrawn from the training program; AND
the student’s withdrawal from the training program can be confirmed by Brite Institute
Reason for refund
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A Student has decided to withdraw from a course within 4 weeks after the scheduled course commencement date.
Brite Institute will refund the tuition fees (less 20%), any applicable amenities and unissued materials (if applicable).
If less than 20% of the invoiced tuition fee has been paid, then this amount will be withheld.
Any amenities fees paid and unissued materials fees paid will be refunded.
A student has decided to withdraw from a course after 4 weeks from the scheduled course commencement date.
No refund is available for tuition fees or amenities fees. Fees pertaining to unissued materials (if applicable) will be refunded.
Student stops attending classes without formally withdrawing from a course.
No fee refund will be given.
Brite Institute cancels a course.
A full refund of all payments will be made for ANY course cancelled by Brite Institute.