MCFE

{MCFE}{643 Spencer St}{West Melbourne}{3003}{Vic}{Australia}{(130) 036-8883}
643 Spencer St, 3003 West Melbourne, Vic
Phone: (130) 036-8883
U39 / 617 - 643 Spencer St, West Melbourne Vic 3003
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 3:00pm

Student Information

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Fees & Funding

For current course fees, click here

To pay for your course materials online, click here

Skills First Funding

You may be eligible for a government-subsidised place through the Skills First Funding Program or JobTrainer Initiative. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training. To check your individual eligibility or if you want further course information call/email the office. There are limitations to using Victorian government funding, you need to make sure you are using your funding for the right course, as it may affect your access to future government funding.

Skills First Funding Eligibility Criteria

Qualifications

  1. You must live in Victoria and be an Australian citizen, OR permanent resident or a New Zealand Citizen
  2. You must be up-skilling to a higher qualification than you already hold (unless under 20 at the 1st of January this year). We have limited exemptions we can use for this eligibility criteria 
  3. You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised qualifications in one year
  4. You can undertake up to two government-subsidised programs (Qualification or Skill set) at one time
  5. You can only ever begin a maximum of two government-subsidised courses at the same qualification level. We have limited exemptions we can use for this eligibility criteria
  6. At MCFE we require you to be 17 and over and not enrolled in high school to access funding

*Funding rules may differ slightly for courses on the foundations skills list and apprenticeships. Other eligibility exemptions or eligibility criteria may apply.

Cooling Off Period Qualifications

We report your government funded place after attending your second session

Skill Sets

  1. You must live in Victoria and be an Australian citizen, OR permanent resident or a New Zealand Citizen
  2. You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised skill sets in one year
  3. You can undertake up to two government-subsidised programs (Qualification or Skill set) at one time
  4. At MCFE we require you to be 17 and over and not enrolled in high school to access funding
Cooling Off Period Skill Sets

We report your government funded place 24 hours after attending your first session or commencing online learning and assessment.

*Funding rules may differ slightly for courses on the foundations skills list and apprenticeships.  Other eligibility exemptions or eligibility criteria may apply. 

Job Trainer Eligibility Criteria

JobTrainer is a joint Commonwealth and State government initiative. It provides additional funding to increase access to free or low fee training for young people and job seekers, and in priority programs. JobTrainer complements existing Skills First
training.

MCFE currently has access to limited Job Trainer places for the following programs:

  • CHC33015 – Certificate III Individual Support – Priority Program
  • CHC30121 – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care – Priority Program
  • CHC50121– Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care – Priority Program
  • BSB41419 – Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety
JobTrainer – Qualifications 

If you are not eligible for Skills First funding for an approved JobTrainer qualification because you did NOT meet the “upskilling” requirement or “two at a level in a life time”, you may be eligible for an exemption under the JobTrainer Initiative.

  1. You must live in Victoria and be an Australian citizen, OR permanent resident or a New Zealand Citizen
  2. Be 17 to 24 years old  OR a Job seeker of any age OR enrolling in a JobTrainer priority program
  3. You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised qualifications in one calendar year
  4. You can undertake up to two government-subsidised programs (Qualification or Skill set) at one time
  5. You can only enrol in 1 JobTrainer funded qualification in your life time

Other eligibility criteria and/or exemptions may apply.

JobTrainer – Skill Sets 

If using JobTrainer funding for a skill sets we must waive tuition fees.

  1. You must live in Victoria and be an Australian citizen, OR permanent resident or a New Zealand Citizen
  2. Be 17 to 24 years old OR a Job seeker of any age.
  3. You can enrol in a maximum of two government-subsidised skill sets in one calendar year
  4. You can undertake up to two government-subsidised programs (Qualification or Skill set) at one time
  5. You can only enrol in 1 JobTrainer funded skill set in your life time

Other eligibility criteria and/or exemptions may apply. Asylum seekers who meet the eligibility criteria for the Asylum Seeker VET Program may also enrol under JobTrainer if they meet the participation criteria.

Payment Plans

If you are not covered by government funding we offer payment plans.

You will receive an itemised invoice with your total course cost. After receiving the invoice, our finance team will send you a link to complete a “Gocardless” direct debit request.

Direct debits are charged once per week (charged each Wednesday) over the duration of your course. Certificates will not be able to be released until full payment is made.

VET Student Loans

MCFE is approved to deliver CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and its “replacement” course CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, with access to VET Student Loans (VSL). 

A VET Student Loan is a government loan for eligible students studying an approved course at Diploma level or above. VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements. Students can access a loan, which is paid directly to Melbourne College of Further Education (MCFE), to cover their course fees. Students repay the loan (plus a 20% loan fee for full fee paying students) to the Australian Government through the tax system. The VET Student Loan fee is not included in a person’s FEE-HELP balance but is included in a person’s VETSL debt as per the VET Student Loans Act 2016. Your repayments to the government commence when you earn over the threshold, the threshold changes each year: 

The compulsory repayment threshold for the 2021-2022 income year will be $47,014. For further information on thresholds, please read here. 

Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. Before you can apply for a VSL you must read the Australian Government Vet Student Loans -Information Booklet. There is also an information page with videos you should watch before enrolling that you can find here 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The following information is very important for students to read prior to confirming enrolment and applying for a VSL.

Schedule of tuition fees specific to CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. If applying for a VSL to cover this fee, this is a debt you will need to repay to the Commonwealth government.

Course start dates, planned completion dates, fee periods and census dates: When you apply for the course, you will receive a timetable that lists all of your census dates, (Dates may change from time-to-time). Census dates for the CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care are the point when you have completed 20% of the unit of study. There are currently 4 units of study in our Diploma course. If the census date falls on a weekend or public holiday, it will be moved to the next business day that our head office is open. The census dates will not be earlier than 20% of that fee period. Anticipated enrolment and Census dates for 2022 can be found here:

Student Entry Procedure (full details within the MCFE VSL guide below)

  1. You enquire about a course and VSL
  2. MCFE sends you an email with a VET Student Loan information pack
  3. You need to prepare your eligibility evidence (ID and copies of certificates)
  4. You will then attend a face-to-face information session, which includes information on:
    1. Fees, census dates, fee periods, VET Student Loan information
    2. Course information, training plan and course timetable
    3. A pre-training review, Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and Enrolment Form
    4. We will assess your eligibility documentation during this session
      • The VET Student Loan will NOT be approved if you do not meet eligibility requirements as per the VSL rules
  5. If suitable for the course and eligible for VET Student Loan we will process your enrolment and send you a welcome email and letter with your VET Student Loan Statement of Covered fees & VET Student Loan Fee Notice.
  6. You will be sent a link to eCAF, where you apply for your VET Student Loan online.
  7. Once all enrolment processes are completed successfully you will commence your first class, this is usually 1-2 weeks after the information session.
  8. Throughout the course, to maintain your VET Student Loan, you will need to confirm with the government that you are progressing successfully, you also need to show us suitable progression, with attending classes and submitting assessments regularly.
  9. You will receive a VSL Fee notice before every census date and a Commonwealth assistance notice (CAN) after each census date.
  10.  If you wish to cancel or withdraw from the course, you will need to be aware of the withdrawal procedures (within the MCFE VSL guide) and use this VSL withdrawal form

Documents you must read

MCFE VSL Information Guide

This guide provides general VSL information and our policies and processes for eligibility, the process of applying for a loan, census dates, withdrawing or canceling a course, refunds,  personal information procedures, complaints & appeals, fair treatment and equal opportunity procedures, engagement of agents, repaying your loan/debt.

MCFE staff should read the VSL rules and our staff, trainers & brokers VSL guide.

Learning Literacy & Numeracy Test (LLN)

If you do not have the required evidence for academic suitability (Year 12 Certificate or a Certificate IV) you will need to complete the approved online LLN test. We have purchased the LLN Robot from the Learning Resource Group. The assessment takes an average of 40 minutes -1.5 hour to complete. You must get at least 13/15 to be considered at exit level 3 for both the Numeracy and reading sections, which is the requirement for Vet Student Loans. Student instructions for the LLN Robot are here, we will need to send you an email invite to access the correct test. The Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment will be conducted with honesty and integrity.

Re-crediting of FEE-HELP Balances 

A student’s HELP balance can be re-credited, students must apply via email to MCFE ([email protected]) for re-crediting. You may be re-credited on the following grounds:

  • special circumstances; or
    • are beyond the student’s control; and

    • do not make their full impact on the student until on or after the census day for a course, or the part of a course; and

    • make it impracticable for the student to complete the requirements for the course, or the part of the course, during the student’s enrolment in the course, or the part of the course;     

    • Applications for recrediting due to special circumstances must be made within 12 months after the census day for the course, or the part of the course, concerned, or within that period as extended by MCFE
  • MCFE, or a person acting on MCFEs behalf, engaged in unacceptable conduct in relation to the student’s application for the VET student

    • applications for re‑crediting must be made within 5 years after the census day for the course, or the part of the course, concerned, or within that period as extended by the Secretary
  •  MCFE has failed to comply with the VET Student Loans Act or an instrument under the Act and the failure has adversely affected the student

    • applications for re‑crediting must be made within 5 years after the census day for the course, or the part of the course, concerned, or within that period as extended by the Secretary
  • In addition, the Secretary may re‑credit a student’s HELP balance in relation to special circumstances if MCFE:
    • is unable to act or is being wound up or has been dissolved; or
    • has failed to act and the Secretary is satisfied that the failure is unreasonable.

Any student who wishes to apply to have their FEE HELP balance recredited, for any reason as listed, shall not be discriminated against or victimised for doing so.

There is no charge for reconsideration or review of decisions, other than review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The Secretary may re‑credit a student’s HELP balance in relation to special circumstances if a course provider is unable to act or is being wound up or has been dissolved; or has failed to act and the Secretary is satisfied that the failure is unreasonable.

Vet Student Loans  – Brokers

In accordance with section 49 of the VET Student Loans Act 2016, MCFE specifically refrains from entering into any arrangement, whether written or not, that provides for another person to do any of the following in relation to an approved course:

(a)        enrol students, or accept applications for enrolment, in the course;

(b)        provide information or advice in relation to VET Student Loans (however described) for the course;

(c)        assist students to complete or submit applications for a VET Student Loan for the course;

(d)        assist, or provide support for, students who could be eligible for a VET Student Loan for the course to complete any assessments required to show that students are academically suited to undertake the course.

In accordance with sections 62 and 63 of the VET Student Loans Act 2016, in cold calling a person or in using a third party contact list to contact a person, MCFE specifically refrains from referring to the possible availability of a VET Student Loan, however described, for students undertaking a course.

Further Information 

MCFE will ensure no victimisation or discrimination of students who are:

  • seeking review or reconsideration of a decision; or
  • using the provider’s processes or procedures about dealing with grievances; or
  • making an application for re‑crediting of the student’s HELP balance under Division 2 or 3 of Part 6 of the Act.

Industry Partners

Referrals & Brokers

MCFE, as a division of iAscend, engages marketing brokers to work with relevant enterprises and service agencies and to refer to us potential students for whom training in specific courses may be suitable and appropriate to their vocational needs.  A fee is paid to these brokers for these services.

Marketing brokers currently engaged are:

  • Victoria Recruitment Agency
  • Ethical Training Solutions
  • SBN Training Solutions
  • Connect Education and Training trading as Ace Education and Training
  • Complet-Ed
  • A.C.N 642773126 Pty Ltd trading as Imperial Education
  • Educor
  • Subcontracted Training and Assessment: Results First Aid (The Barnes Family Trust 606431001) have been approved to deliver limited first aid courses with MCFE.

As a member of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), MCFE follows the ITECA Code of Ethics to ensure that agents engaged by MCFE conform to the highest professional and ethical standards.

The brokers are reported to ASQA and Skills Victoria prior to commencing their contract. If you would like to become a partner with MCFE, please email  [email protected]

Quality reports

iAscend Polytechnic  Pty Ltd, trading as Melbourne College of Further Education (MCFE) is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

To check our registration details as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) click here This website will provide a summary of our RTO, scope of registration (what courses we can deliver), key contacts, restrictions and what States we can deliver in.

MCFE believe in delivering quality training and assessment. We ensure we comply with the Victorian Governments Quality Charter as well as our own service standards.

MCFE Service Standards

  • Be transparent
  • Be honest
  • Be better – strive to continuously improve
  • Be yourself and let others be themselves – equality for all
  • Be informed

Quality Indicators – Student and Employer Surveys

To view the latest quality indicator report click here. The students (if applicable) and employers surveyed for these indicators were selected by this organisation in accordance with national guidelines.

Audit Reports

The last audit conducted by the regulatory body was in August 2015, this was a compliance monitoring audit.  The copy of the audit report from located here.

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