Equal opportunity & Financial Services

Equal opportunity

The issue of equal opportunity is very important to TAFE Institutes. Students must have equal rights and equal access togoods, services, education and employment opportunities so that they can successfully complete their course requirements and confidently embark on their future careers.

Counsellors are available to support students who are from under-respresented or disadvantaged groups in their bid for equality.

To find out more about Equal Opportunity group membership, grievance procedures, students’ rights and responsibilities and sexual harassment guidelines, visit the websites below.

Financial Services

Financial, banking and legal advice and support is offered by most TAFE Institutes.

Financial advice includes Youth Allowance/Austudy, accommodation allowance, fee-free banking, learner emergency loans and fee-refund advice. Budgeting advice is provided to students who wish to clarify and better-manage their living and academic expenses. Interest-free loans are provided by some Institutes for course fees, books and course materials.

Free legal advice and representation is also available for students at some TAFE Institutes.

Student literacy & disability

Student literacy

TAFE Institutes have highly-specialised counsellors who cater for student needs. In the area of English language and literacy support, programs are developed to suit the student’s needs on an individual or small group basis. Professional counsellors and workshops help the student to develop his/her skills and confidence in public speaking, numeracy, reading and writing, exams and study skills.


Disability, in the context of the TAFE sector, is defined as:

  • A permanent, temporary or episodic disability that is attributable to a medical condition, psychiatric condition or sensory, physical, cognitive or learning impairment (eg dyslexia); or
  • A combination of such impairments that result in: (i) a reduced ability to access educational services provided by the Institute; or (ii) a need for support to overcome these barriers.’

Child care at TAFEVC

Many TAFE Institutes offer childcare facilities, 48-50 weeks per year, to children aged three months to five years. Numbers in childcare at any given Institute range from 25 to 80 children. Childcare is available to full-time and part-time students and, on an occasional basis, to students attending workshops and seminars on-campus.

Childcare hours are generally 7.45am to 5.45pm. Centres provide qualified and experienced staff, nutritional meals, individually-oriented developmental programs, family- and age- grouping activities, parenting rooms and childcare assistance (fee relief according to income and, from some TAFEs, Institute-subsidised fees).

Security arrangements are usually on a sign-in/sign-out basis and there are security entrance codes for parents and doorbells for visitors. Some TAFE Institutes are accredited by the National Childcare Accreditation Council.

TAFE Online Courses

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Student Guide
Using the Internet

Student guide
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This guide introduces students to the TAFE VC. It provides instructions on:

  • how to get set up to study online;
  • logging into the TAFE Virtual Campus;
  • communicating with your teachers and other students;
  • using the learning resources; and
  • undertaking assessments in the TAFE Virtual Campus.

Download the document in easy-to-access html format here.

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Using the Internet
Presented by SOFWeb (an initiative of the Victorian Department of Education, Training and Employment), ‘Using The Internet’ is designed to provide you with information on all aspects of the Internet, including how to download files, use email, publish your own web pages with special information on video conferencing, newsgroups, chatting, images on the web and how to use them in your web pages, the art of netiquette and taking care of yourself and your work on the internet, how to use the Internet for research and much more.