• Apprentice in training.
    Apprentice in training.

The fee-free TAFE program has returned to Charles Darwin University with more than 60 courses on offer to ensure the Northern Territory has the skilled workforce it needs. 

In partnership with the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments, the initiative is designed to enhance the skills of Territorians and alleviate the financial pressures of living costs.

Between 2024-2026 an additional 2,200 free TAFE training placements will be made available to support Territorians to study. 

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the diversity of courses available will enhance the University’s supportive career pathways.

“Fee-free places gave CDU TAFE a great boost after its launch last year,” Bowman said.

“It is promising to see the fee-free TAFE program expand and focus on supporting courses to help address skills shortages in the Territory.”

In 2023, 600 students from across the NT were enrolled in fee-free TAFE courses at CDU.

Chief Minister Eva Lawler said fee-free TAFE removes the financial barriers for Territorians wanting to undertake further study, upskill or reskill.

Through fee-free TAFE courses, students can engage in nationally accredited diploma, certificate, or short courses, positioning themselves for success in rapidly growing industries.