Fees and charges

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Fees and Charges

The following information relates to international students only (visa sub-class 500). If you are a 457 visa holder, please visit the 457 fee payment options page. Fees information for public schools enrolment can be found on the school tuition fees page.

There are three types of fees that you need to pay for your TAFE course:

1. Tuition Fees – international student tuition fees are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee. International student tuition fees are not aligned to domestic student tuition fees.

The tuition fees that must be paid by an international student are outlined in the Letter of Offer which a student signs in acceptance of their offer. This is completed as part of the Department of Home Affairs student visa application process. Please note that TIWA does not accept liability for any fees paid to an agent or other third party in relation to an application for enrolment.

Tuition fees are payable in advance to TIWA each semester of your enrolment. Tuition fees do not include text books or course materials, and start at approximately $6,240 AUD per semester (2020 Fees Schedule). Tuition fees are reviewed annually and updated in August each year in TIWA’s fee schedule. You will be required to pay the updated fees as they are introduced.

2. Resource Fees – Resource fees are a mandatory charge and are paid to your TAFE college each semester. These fees are a fixed payment that are determined by each unit of enrolment. Resources fees are charged for items that you will use during your course, for example if you are studying a hospitality course it will be the food that your use; or an art and design course may include paint.  You will be advised of any increases for subsequent semesters. These charges are determined by your TAFE college and may vary each semester during your enrolment. Your TAFE college will advise when resource fee payments are due for future semesters. Payment of your resource fees will entitle you to full access to services and facilities at your TAFE college.

3. Materials Fees – Material fees are required to be paid for some courses. These fees are for materials that you will keep for use during and after your studies, for example personal protective equipment, text books, uniforms etc.

TAFE Course Fees

English Language Courses
TIWA offers English language courses to international students through North Metropolitan TAFE’s English Language Centre. These courses will enable you to develop your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills from beginner to advanced level. You can also combine an English language course with a TAFE course so that you only require one visa.

TIWA offers the following English language courses to international students, at a fee of $300 per week:

  • General English (CRICOS Code: 013024G);
  • English for Academic Purposes (CRICOS Code: 013025F); and
  • IELTS Plus (CRICOS Code: 041750M).

View more information about the English language courses offered to international students.

TAFE Courses
TAFE courses can be undertaken as a:

  • standalone course – that is, an international student is eligible for and chooses to; enrol into one course only. For example, the Certificate III in Individual Support; or
  • package of courses – that is, two or more courses packaged together. This allows students to complete English requirements, prerequisite courses or a higher level course entry requirement. Students can submit a single application form to apply for multiple courses.

View TAFE course fees in TIWA's current fee schedule.

TAFE to University Packaged Courses
TAFE courses can also be packaged with an eligible university undergraduate degree. A tuition deposit for a TAFE to university packaged course must be made prior to admission.

View more information about TAFE to University Packages, including fees and charges.

Other Fees

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
The Australian Government requires all international students to purchase OSHC in order to be granted a student visa. This insurance covers you for agreed medical costs if you need to visit a doctor or go to hospital while you are studying in Australia.

OSHC must cover the length of your student visa and be purchased prior to your arrival in Australia. International students are able to purchase OSHC from a registered health provider, approved by the Australian Government Department of Health or TIWA is able to arrange OSHC for you with Bupa. If you choose this option, you will be billed for OSHC along with your tuition fees, both amounts will be printed on your statement of account.

Payments and refunds

Payment of fees
Students are required to pay tuition fees and OSHC fees to TIWA prior to arrival in Australia to secure their enrolment. Resource and materials fees are payable to your TAFE College at enrolment, details will be provided at orientation.

Tuition fees are not fixed for the duration of your enrolment. Tuition fees are reviewed annually. When approved, fees for the subsequent year will be available at tafeinternational.wa.edu.au/Documents/schedule-of-fees.pdf.  Additional tuition fee payments can be made at any time. 

New students will find detailed fees and payment information on their Letter of Offer and continuing students will receive a tuition fee reminder notice in April for semester two and October for semester one the following year. You must ensure payments are made in accordance with the due dates indicated in these notices to ensure you maintain a valid enrolment.

TAFE International Western Australia is not responsible for any losses or gains resulting from fluctuations in exchange rates or any related bank fees.

You can pay your fees using one of the following methods:

  • Credit card – online form or in person at TIWA's office;
  • BPay – TIWA’s Biller Code and BPay Reference Number are located on your statement of account;
  • In person – please bring your statement of account to TIWA’s office to pay by EFTPOS or credit card (cash is not accepted);
  • Overseas bank draft or cheque – these should be made payable to TAFE International Western Australia and posted to TIWA (postal address: Locked Bag 16, Osborne Park DC​ WA 6916); or
  • Western Union GlobalPay.

Instalment plans
Instalment plans may be available for students in their second semester of study. Continuing students can apply for an instalment plan (a $200 administration fee will apply). Should you default on a payment, this may result in cancellation of your enrolment. Students whose payments dishonour will incur a $10 charge for each dishonour.

Repeating units
Students who need to repeat units will be required to pay additional fees and charges. These are calculated on a course by course basis, for more information contact the International Centre at your college.

Refund Policy
Students may be eligible for a refund of fees if circumstances apply within the reasons listed in the TIWA Refund Policy.

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