Government-funded Aged Care Courses – Are You Eligible?

Interested in studying Aged Care? You’re not alone. Aged Care is fast becoming one of Australia’s strongest growth industries, with the strong demand for qualified carers continually on the increase. That’s why many people are turning to Sage to obtain a nationally recognised qualification that will thoroughly prepare them for their new careers in this burgeoning industry.

As a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), eligible students at Sage may be entitled to State and Federal government funding, which can save thousands of dollars on course fees.

Common questions regarding eligibility include:

  • Am I eligible for funding if I study part-time?
  • Is there an age limit?
  • What if I have a previous qualification?
  • How much money do I save if I qualify for government funding?


Everyone’s circumstances are different, so it’s best to speak directly to one of our careers advisers to discuss your circumstances, but there are some factors regarding eligibility that you may wish to know.

Who is eligible for government funding?

The criteria for eligibility depend on a number of factors. However, broadly speaking, if you answer yes to the below points, you should automatically be eligible for a government funded aged care course:

  • You are an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident (appropriate proof of identification is required)
  • You have not completed any prior qualifications


How does it work?

Assistance with funding may be provided by either the State or Federal government, e.g. Higher Education Skills Group (HESG) provides funding assistance to eligible individuals studying in Victoria.

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The good news is that you don’t have to manage the process yourself – Sage takes care of everything for you.

How long does it take to get started?

If you are eligible, the funding process is fast! All that’s required is that you come in and sit face-to-face with a career advisor to have a quick chat – and we’ll get you started. It’s that easy.

Is there an age limit on government funding?

No. There is no age limit on government funding for Sage Institute’s Aged Care courses. This is great news for people that are thinking of making a career change, or for mature age students.

Can I study part-time and still receive funding?

Yes. You may be eligible for government funding for either part-time or full-time Aged Care courses as long as you meet the requisite criteria.

What if I have a previous VET or tertiary qualification?

Australian and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents that have already received a qualification can still study Aged Care at Sage. However, your qualification may preclude you from receiving government funding. Please discuss this with our career advisors during your chat.

How much of the course fees are covered by government funding?

At Sage, we realise that everyone’s situation is different, so we offer two payment options to give you the flexibility to choose what’s right for you. One option gives you the opportunity to pay a lesser fee upfront, while the second option offers you a flexible payment plan over a number of months that are convenient for you.

government funded aged care course eligibility

What’s the right payment plan for me? The answer is simply whatever suits you best. At Sage we recognise that everyone is an individual with individual needs, so we provide as much flexibility as possible to accommodate the best payment solutions for you. Our career advisors are here to help you, so please feel free to call them to discuss which of our Aged Care courses are the right option for you.

What about concession entitlements?

If you have a valid concession, you may be able to receive further government funding assistance so please discuss this with our career advisors.

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