Fees & Funding

Phillips Institute nationally recognised training programs are delivered either on a Fee-­for-­Service basis or with Government Funding to eligible individuals.  Our fees include placements organised for you*, placement fees, police checks, uniform and backpack (health and community services courses), and all required materials and resources (unless otherwise indicated for selected courses).

This page includes information about:  Fees for all courses (indicative); Funding eligibility information; Concession eligibility; Fee-For-Service; Recognition of prior learning; Payment plans; Replacement of certificate / statement of attainment; Refund policy; Resource fees; Assessment deadlines and late fees; Centrelink approval; Schedule of Indicative Fees

Fees for 2017 courses – funded training prices have dropped!

Click on the table image below for a full page PDF version.  This table lists the indicative fees applicable to all qualifications provided in 2017 according to our standard packaging.

Funding eligibility information

Phillips Institute is approved to provide funded training under the Victorian Skills First program.  This funded training must take place with a physical presence in Victoria.  (Note: the TAE40110 is not funded in 2017).

You may be eligible for the Skills First training subsidy, delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding, if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

You are:

an Australian Citizen, or

an Australian Permanent Resident (holder of a permanent visa), or

a New Zealand Citizen

and you are:

an applicant seeking a higher qualification than the highest qualification already held˄

If you are recently retrenched, and regardless of whether you meet the second set of the above criteria, you may still be eligible for funding assistance.

Please call us on 1300 558 837 to check your eligibility and lodge your application for this funding.

Concession fees

Concession fees apply only to Skills First eligible applicants who also hold a current Health Care Card, Pension Card or other applicable concession card.  Concession eligible applicants are only required to pay 20% of the Skills First funded fees cost.  Diploma programs are excluded from this concession discount.


For applicants who are not eligible for any current funding programs, the Fee-­for-­Service cost of courses is applicable.  You may find our Fee-for-Service cost is lower than other providers, and often lower than funded programs, including those at TAFEs!

Payment plans

We offer direct debit and easy payment plans, however you must pay a minimum amount of 10% prior to enrolment.  Fees and charges apply to payment plans and are detailed here.  If you would like to pay your fees with a payment plan, please consult our staff at the time of enrolment.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Fees for recognition of prior learning (RPL) will vary depending on the program and the units claimed.  All RPL applications are subject to a preliminary assessment / administration fee of $250.00 which is non-refundable, but will be deducted from the overall fee.  Refer to our Recognition of Prior Learning procedure in our Student Handbook or call us to discuss your application.

* Please note: Skills First funding does not apply for RPL enrolments, or the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Refund policy

Participants in Phillips Institute training programs can be assured that our financial arrangements operate in such a way that refund moneys are always available if required.  In addition, we will not collect more than a maximum of $1,500.00 in fees per participant prior to commencement of training, nor will we collect more than a maximum of $1,500.00 in subsequent fee payments per participant at any time, in accordance with the national regulator guidelines.

In the best interests of all Phillips Institute students, we will issue refunds if:

a training participant notifies Phillips Institute in writing of withdrawal at least 7 days prior to commencement of training: a full refund will be issued (minus a $250.00 administration fee:  any other additional fees are non-­refundable), or

unforeseen circumstances require a course to be cancelled by Phillips Institute prior to commencement: in this case, a full refund of all fees will be issued.

All training is devised for a minimum number of participants and Phillips Institute reserves the right to cancel or defer courses up to 48 hours prior to commencement.  In such cases, any fees paid will be refunded, or an alternative course will be offered.

Phillips Institute intends to be fair and reasonable in the application of refunds and may apply additional discretionary refunds in exceptional circumstances, however, Phillips Institute cannot accept responsibility for changes to a participant’s work commitments or personal circumstances as grounds for refund once the course has commenced.

Where employers pay for training, they may send an alternative candidate to attend training if the original candidate is not available.  In this event, we request you advise our office in writing prior to the start of the course and ensure that any pre­-course information already supplied is relayed to the replacement candidate.

The complete cancellation and refund policy can be found in the Phillips Institute Student Handbook.

Replacement of certificate / statement of attainment

Replacement documents are available on written request (an email will suffice) from the student and on provision of appropriate identification such as passport or driver licence (if emailed, attach clearly legible copies).  The fee for this service is $35.00; issue of a replacement document is subject to verification.

Resource fees

Some courses may require additional resources, which may be noted on your Statement of Fees – please check prior to enrolling in your chosen course.  If you have enrolled as online but would like an additional print-based resource, this will incur an additional fee per unit of between $15 to $18 (indicative) plus postage and handling.

Assessment deadlines and penalty fees

Certificate III courses:  All assessment tasks must be submitted no later than two weeks after each unit’s last session date of delivery, or two weeks from online unit commencement.  For example, if you attend the last session for “Work with diverse people” delivered on 21st February, you must submit all assessment tasks for that unit no later than 7th March.

Certificate IV and Diploma courses:  All assessment tasks must be submitted no later than four weeks after each unit’s last session date of delivery, or four weeks from online unit commencement.  Where units require workplace project completion, seek advice from your facilitator.  Refer to your Training Plan for due dates.

Online training:  You should submit at least once during every month, regardless of whether you have completed the tasks in each unit, and preferably more than once per month.  You should submit your work even if it is not fully completed so that your trainer/assessor can provide you with feedback.

Extensions:  If you are unable to submit all course or unit assessment tasks within the required time-frame, you may request an extension in writing addressed to your trainer/assessor, or the Program Manager, Phillips Institute.  Applications for extension will be considered on their individual merit.

Non-submission:  Failure to submit assessment tasks within the specified timeframe may incur the payment of a re-­enrolment fee for the unit and/or late assessment fee. These will be calculated as at the cost at time of re­-enrolment or late assessment.

Centrelink approved

Our courses are Centrelink approved which means you can continue to receive your benefits while training.  Our institution reference number is 3P390, which should be quoted for eligible applicants.  Our courses have been recognised as approved courses for the purposes of Youth Allowance, Austudy Payment, ABSTUDY, and the Pensioner Education Supplement.  Applicants receiving these and other benefits are encouraged to enquire about their eligibility for fee assistance.  Contact Centrelink for further information and to apply.

Schedule of Indicative Fees

Schedule of Indicative Fees 2017 provides the indicative scheduled per hour tuition fees for each nationally recognised program currently on our scope of registration.  The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees are effective from 1 January 2017 and supersede any previously advertised fees.

^Please note – Skills First Eligible applicants, in addition to meeting the eligibility requirements listed above, are only eligible to
a) commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses in a calendar year. If you are scheduled to commence at a later date in that calendar year, this course(s) must be counted when assessing eligibility;
b) undertake a maximum of two government subsidised courses at any one time;
c) commence a maximum of two government subsidised courses at the same level within the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in their lifetime. 

Fees provided are indicative and are subject to change according to whether an individual applicant undertakes more than one course and / or has approved credit transfers, however, Phillips Institute will not charge more than the listed fees where the standard packaging of a qualification is undertaken.

* Placements not organised by us for Education Support students; some courses may require additional resources or materials not included in this cost – information will be provided on request.
** Skills First government funding may apply to fully online enrolments where the training is undertaken with a physical presence within Victoria.
Phillips Institute encourages individuals with disabilities to access government subsidised training.