On this page you will find information about course fees, including tuition fees.

Certificate, diploma or degree courses

You will need to pay the following fees related to your course:

  • A registration fee of A$100 (non-refundable)
  • One semester’s worth of the course fee, which is listed on course pages on the TAFE NSW International website.

Course fees include tuition, orientation program, additional study skills tuition, use of multimedia libraries, computers and other campus facilities, and assistance from student advisers and counsellors.

Course fees do not include the cost of textbooks, stationery, uniforms, accommodation, meals, health insurance cover or transport.

Payment is made towards the course fee in advance every semester. The statement of fees in your letter of offer will explain payment details.

English language course

You will need to pay the following fees related to your course:

  • An application fee of A$150 (non-refundable)
  • A course fee A$250 to A$350 per week.

You can also combine (package) an English language course with a certificate, diploma or degree course so you will only need one visa.

Read more about English language courses.


You will need to pay the following fees:

  • A registration fee of A$100 (or A$150 registration fee for English + Diploma package) (non-refundable)
  • One semester’s worth of the Sydney TAFE course fee, which is listed on course pages on the TAFE NSW International website.
  • Partial payment deposit for the university course
  • Australian Catholic University (ACU): A$5,000
  • Southern Cross University (SCU): A$6,000
  • University of Technology Sydney (UTS): A$110
  • Western Sydney University: A$5,000
  • University course fees - the university provisional offer will state the credit you will receive for the Sydney TAFE course, length and approximate costs of the degree.

Read more about Diploma-to-Degree courses.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Health insurance, called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), is compulsory for international students studying in Australia. This insurance covers you for certain medical costs if you need to visit a doctor or go to hospital while you are studying in Australia.

Please let us know if you have already arranged OSHC, otherwise, we will arrange standard OSHC cover for you with Medibank Private. We will invoice you for the insurance premium along with your tuition fees.

From 16 December 2014, the cost for standard OSHC is A$585 per year per single student.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)Single studentCouple (Student with Spouse)Family (Student with family)
1 yearA$585A$2,034.60A$2,865

The 2015 rate will apply for all applications submitted after 15 December 2014.

Health cover cards will either be delivered to you directly from Medibank Private to your Australian address or via TAFE NSW International. This process may take a few weeks. If you need medical attention before you receive your membership card, you should pay for the service and keep all receipts. You can claim a refund from Medibank Private.

You should check the policy carefully in advance, including the details of what is covered. Optional extra cover is available at an additional fee.

Serious medical problems should be declared on your application form and taken care of before you come to Australia, as standard OSHC generally does not cover pre-existing medical conditions.

For more information about OSHC, visit the Medibank Private website.

Other fees

Arrival fees

We offer assistance when you arrive at the airport. Staff can arrange to meet you at the airport and assist with accommodation.

Airport pick-up feeA$140
Accommodation placement feeA$300
Homestay feeA$310 per week

Uniforms, equipment and textbooks

Uniforms, equipment and textbooks costs range from A$300 - A$2,500 per course. For example:

  • Hospitality (Commercial Cookery) students should allow A$300 - A$450 for a knife kit and uniform
  • Hairdressing students should allow A$125 for an equipment kit and A$495 for workbooks
  • Maritime students should allow A$1,500 for specific qualifications such as Marine GMDSS Operation
  • Dental Technology students are charged A$400 per semester for use of materials in the dental laboratory
  • Floristry students should allow A$2,500 for use of materials

Note: The above costs are estimates only.

Payments, reviews and refunds

Review of fees

Sydney TAFE reserves the right to review its fees. If the tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced.

Refund policy

For the full refund policy, refund procedure, and complaints procedure please refer to the Terms and Conditions section of the Application Form.

Read more about other expenses and living costs.


Our CRICOS Provider Code is 00591E and CRICOS Provider Name is TAFE NSW - Technical & Further Education Commission