Education and training

Information for people considering studying

Are you thinking about studying a post-school qualification? There are a number of options available for people seeking asylum, and the ASRC can help you find out more and refer you to education providers.

ASVET team

Vocational Education and Training - for training providers

The Asylum Seeker Vocational Education and Training (ASVET) program is a Victorian State Government funded initiative which supports eligible people seeking asylum and refugees to access Skills First VET courses. Since 2016 the ASRC ASVET Program has made over 1200 referrals for eligible people seeking asylum and refugees to study courses at TAFEs, Learn Locals and private training providers.

EAL Program

Pathways to Employment Program (PTE)

Low English language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills can prove a difficult barrier to cross for people seeking asylum looking for work.

The Pathways to Employment (PTE) program aims to support people seeking asylum with low LLN skills to be ready for the Australian workforce.

Avoiding a refugee crisis through learning

English Classes

The ASRC Education program does not provide English classes but we can help you to find an English class that will suit your needs.

If you would like help to find English classes near you please call 9274 9807 or 7068 8063 to speak with an advisor. We can organise a telephone interpreter for your call if needed.

University scholarships

People seeking asylum and refugees with temporary visas are not eligible for government support such as subsidies or HECS and HELP loans for university level study. The ASRC works with universities to share information about university scholarships and provide access support for people seeking asylum. We collaborate with universities to run information sessions for people seeking asylum and refugees on temporary visas across the Melbourne metropolitan region. For more information about the different scholarships available go to: