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Student fees & charges policy


Donvale Living and Learning Centre Inc trading as Pines Learning has the right to establish and collect fees from students.

Fees are established in accordance with the 2009 Ministerial Directions to:

  • The Adult, Community and Further Education Board AND The Governing Boards of Adult Education Institutions AND Regional Councils of Adult Community and Further Education Directions About Fees.
  • The Student Fees and Charges Policy is Pines Learning’s ┬ástatement of fees applying to programs, courses and associated administrative matters. Pines Learning offers government funded courses and fee for service courses.

Government-funded courses

The following information is applicable to eligible Victorian residents enrolled in government-funded adult community and further education (ACFE) and vocational education courses only. All courses must be classified in one of the five categories:

  1. Foundation Skills;
  2. Skills Creation;
  3. Apprenticeships and Traineeships;
  4. Skills Building; or
  5. Skills Deepening.

To enrol in a government-funded course, students must be:

  • Australian citizens; or a holder of a permanent visa; or a holder of a Special Category Visa (sub-class 444); or an East Timorese asylum seeker; or a holder of a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV). (Holders of TPVs are in the process of transition to new residency arrangements, but remain eligible in the interim).
  • Enrolling in Foundation Skills Category
  • People up skilling to Diploma level and Advanced Diploma level
  • People referred by skills for growth program and are up skilling in all qualification levels
  • People aged 15-19 years for all qualification levels, including VCAL
  • People aged 20-24 years up skilling to all qualification levels
  • Retrenched workers aged 25 years and over up skilling to all qualification levels.

Up skilling refers to a higher qualification than the highest level held, up to Advanced Diploma level.
Those students who are not eligible for government-subsidised places are to be charged full fee-for-service.

Students may apply to have fees waived on hardship grounds. The decision to waive fees will be based on the ‘Procedure For Assessing Discretionary Fund Applications’.

What will it cost to enrol in a government-funded course?

At enrollment you will be required to pay:

  • Tuition fee
  • Service and amenity fee
  • Materials fee (in some instances), some of which may be subject to GST.

Book lists may be issued in addition to these charges. Some courses may also have specific requirements (for example, a police check or tools).

For some courses, an additional fee may be charged for materials retained by students. Details of these fees, should they apply, will be available from the relevant coordinator prior to enrolment. These fees are subject to GST.

Tuition fee

The tuition fee is set annually by The Minister detailing the amount of the maximum hourly rate, the minimum and maximum tuition fees payable for enrolments in each category in a calendar year. For tuition fee structure and rates see ‘Securing Jobs for Your Future-Skills for Victoria’ pages 34-35.

Student Service and Amenities fee

The service and amenities fee is a compulsory fee, It entitles all students to a range of services. Funds are used to provide services of direct benefit to students. These vary for each course.

Materials fee

The course teaching materials fee covers materials that are necessary to the teaching of the course and supplied to the students by the Institute, and are consumed by students during the course for the purpose of the course. The details of this cost appropriate to your specific course will be provided with the pre-enrolment course information.

Retained course items are items provided to students, which are bought or leased and become the property of students. They attract GST.

Tuition fee concession

For enrolments in all categories other than Skills Deepening, students are charged the minimum tuition fee. This applies to all students who are either holders of (or listed as a dependant) on a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care Card,
  • Pensioner Concession Card, or
  • Veterans Gold Card.

Indigenous students always pay the minimum tuition fee.

Fee payment method

Payment of the initial enrolment, in a calendar year, must be made at the time of enrolment. Students will be advised of the amount of payment prior to enrolment.

If a student enrols and commences more than one course within the same category in a calendar year, tuition fees already paid in that year shall be taken into account in calculating the fees applicable to the additional enrolments.

If a student enrols and commences more than one course in different categories in a calendar year, tuition fees for each enrolment shall be calculated independently, within the minimum and maximum limits specified for each category.

Note: A student place in a course is not confirmed until fees have been paid.

Fee-for-service courses

Fee-for-service places in a course are places that do not attract any government funding for the delivery of the course.

If students are enrolled in a fee-for-service (full-fee paying) place in a course, you will be charged a rate of full-cost recovery, based on the appropriate number of hours, and the nature of the course. Contact the relevant Coordinator for more information.