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#1 Around_the_world

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:31 PM

Hi all, I have just passed my admissions test to get into tafe to study aged care. If all goes well and I get an offer then I have to pay 100% of the course fees before the term starts. There was an option of paying it over 8 weeks if really needed but not just for anyone.

I'm in WA and going through central tafe. I noticed when I applied it said around $5,800 for the 6 month course.
but I just read a post on here that someone was going to study the exact same course through a different place and it was only $840.
Does anyone know what is normal? I've never studied before so have no idea what to expect regarding fees.

Thanks in advance.

#2 Chazonator

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:36 PM

I think you might be able to do the course cheaper through OTEN but it's distance so not sure how you are learning via that method.
http://oten.tafensw.edu.au/Handlers/Conten...ashx?crsid=7221

Im not sure if that link worked im juggling a few kids at the moment but it seems it may be a little cheaper.


#3 Fluster

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:40 PM

I think you may be reading the information incorrectly.  According to the Central TAFE website, the course will cost $976

http://www.central.wa.edu.au/Courses/Healt...okieCheck=true#

(I work for a company that offers Adv. Dip. courses in another field and we charge less for these than the price you quoted for a Cert 3, that's why I checked  original.gif )

#4 indigogirl

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:41 PM

That sounds like an awful lot for a Cert 3 course to me. Id look around some more

#5 Fluster

Posted 12 December 2012 - 03:42 PM

Oh, and good luck!  An ex is a carer, who has worked in a variety of settings, and he has always enjoyed the work.  No two days are the same, that's for sure.

#6 Around_the_world

Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:28 PM

Thanks fluster , I see what I did... International students is $5500. Whoops.

I hope I get an offer. I was told there were more applicants for the amount of places so may not get accepted. My second option is education support though which I will end up doing one day anyway. Widen my opportunities.

#7 HRH Countrymel

Posted 12 December 2012 - 04:55 PM

Just a heads up for anyone thinking about studying at TAFE next year.. at the moment TAFE fees are 'capped' at around $1000 or $300 if you have a concession card.  

As of 2014 TAFE fees will be run on the same model as University fees and a HECS scheme will be in place. The fees will go right up as the 'cap' will be removed and student will be expected to pay/defer payment, for the whole course cost -
(which as OP discovered when she thought she was going to have to pay OS student fees is A LOT!)

If you want to study cheaply at TAFE  2013 is the time!

#8 Chazonator

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:44 PM

What happens if you enrol in a course during 2013 but it doesnt finish til say end of 2014 will you still be paying fees capped or will you have to swap over to the hecs type scheme?

Also what about if you're upskilling from whatever the highest qualification you have received? I thought that there was some sort of government funding for that?


#9 Peridot

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:56 PM

I always found it odd that Tafe is so cheap! It costs me $200 for a full year of nursing study at Tafe.. Maybe if they up the price it will stop a lot of people dropping out!

#10 ubermum

Posted 12 December 2012 - 06:58 PM

Op, I have worked in aged care for the last few years. Some aged care facilities will employ you and pay for your study. Have a look around.

#11 Around_the_world

Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:47 PM

Oh wow theres a lot of interesting information there. I wanted to study for the next 3-4 years while my daughter is still at home so that by the time she goes to school I can look for work and have a high chance of getting a job rather than have no qualifications and end up extremely stressed and stuck in a fast food place or a pub. I want a career.

Ubermum, great idea but I'm just not ready to go back to work plus study just yet. DD is only 4 months old.

#12 fairyflosser

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:15 PM

The 5,800 is way overpriced. There are heaps of training companies that offer this course alot cheaper.

#13 grand poobah

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:57 AM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 12/12/2012, 05:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Just a heads up for anyone thinking about studying at TAFE next year.. at the moment TAFE fees are 'capped' at around $1000 or $300 if you have a concession card.  

As of 2014 TAFE fees will be run on the same model as University fees and a HECS scheme will be in place. The fees will go right up as the 'cap' will be removed and student will be expected to pay/defer payment, for the whole course cost -
(which as OP discovered when she thought she was going to have to pay OS student fees is A LOT!)

If you want to study cheaply at TAFE  2013 is the time!


But for Victorians this ship sailed a couple of years ago. TAFE fees went up here at the beginning of 2010 (on a staggered basis). There's a whole raft of other TAFE 'reforms' in Victoria that put courses out of reach of many people (particularly career changers).

A lot of people are now paying full fee for service for some courses (resulting in diploma courses that cost around $9000 per year) due to highly restrictive conditions relating to elegibility for government subsidised courses. You can't (in most cases, there are some exceptions) do a course at the same level, or lower, than a qualification you already have without paying full fees.

Essentially the system here has been royally shafted. ph34r.gif

The knock on effect to rural communities as local TAFEs wind back their offerings has been pretty bad. Money has been poured into dodgy training centres and decent colleges that have years of experience and facilities etc have been stuffed. People are losing their jobs. These 'reforms' have been supported by both major parties. I could write a much longer rant but I fear for my blood pressure. rant.gif

Back on topic -- good luck with your studies! original.gif

#14 gngrls

Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:14 PM

QUOTE (Tilli87 @ 12/12/2012, 03:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi all, I have just passed my admissions test to get into tafe to study aged care. If all goes well and I get an offer then I have to pay 100% of the course fees before the term starts. There was an option of paying it over 8 weeks if really needed but not just for anyone.

I'm in WA and going through central tafe. I noticed when I applied it said around $5,800 for the 6 month course.
but I just read a post on here that someone was going to study the exact same course through a different place and it was only $840.
Does anyone know what is normal? I've never studied before so have no idea what to expect regarding fees.

Thanks in advance.

i've just started through OTEN (NSW tafe) and it was $849 in 2 paymnets i think my next ones in 6mths,,not sure but i payed the 1st payment of $449 and i owe $400.its external btw

Edited by gngrls, 13 December 2012 - 05:15 PM.


#15 jessie123

Posted 14 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

QUOTE (Peridot @ 12/12/2012, 07:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I always found it odd that Tafe is so cheap! It costs me $200 for a full year of nursing study at Tafe.. Maybe if they up the price it will stop a lot of people dropping out!


Where on earth are you that you can do it that cheap ?

I pay that much just for one subject sometimes more. Pretty sure a diploma of nursing 18months worked out to about $3000 + no more than $5k anyway and I thought that was pretty good compared to a private college.

OP you can do certificate 3 in aged care at private colleges for no more than $2k. It shouldn't take more than about 12 weeks. The course remains the same no matter who you do it with. If you are keen to work and can afford it this is the way to go. I did my course in about 8 weeks including placement and have been working now for 4 years and really enjoy it. This was much more cost effective as I was working so much quicker.




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