What is the difference between ‘provider-based’ and ‘work-based’ learning?

Provider-based study means courses where you study on campus or online. If you’re enrolled in provider-based study, you may get up to $12,000 covered by Fees Free for your first year of study.

Work-based learning means programmes where you train in a workplace, or do on-the-job learning. If you’re enrolled in work-based learning, you may get up to $12,000 for the first 24 months of your programme.

The Fees Free eligibility criteria for provider-based and work-based learning are different, so it’s important that you check the eligibility criteria for the type of learning you’re doing. If you’re unsure whether you’re enrolled in provider-based or work-based learning, check with your tertiary education organisation.

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