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Batchelor Institute would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereign people of the lands on which our campuses are located. As we share our knowledge, teaching and learning and engage in research practices within this Institution and/or conduct business with a variety of external agencies and organisations, we must always pay respect to the sovereign status of our hosts. May their Ancestors always be remembered and honoured, their Elders listened to and respected, all members treated with dignity and fairness — in the present and well into the future.

We also acknowledge and pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever with our hosts, custodianship of country and the binding relationship they have with the land. Batchelor Institute extends this acknowledgment and expression of respect to all sovereign custodians — past, present and emerging. By expressing Acknowledgement of Country we encourage all to extend and practice respect to all First Nations people wherever their lands are located.

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Users of the website should be aware that, in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, seeing images of deceased persons in photographs, film and books or hearing them in recordings may cause sadness or distress and in some cases, offend against strongly held cultural prohibitions.
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All new and continuing students undertaking Further Education (VET) courses at Batchelor Institute will be charged fees.

The amount will depend on a student’s details and what is being studied.

A student must be:

  • An Australian citizen, or;
  • A permanent resident.

And, enrol in:

  • a course AQF level III and above, or;
  • a recognised VET National Skill Set or;
  • an approved stand-alone unit course.

VET fees for subsidised courses

Students who are Northern Territory (NT) residents and wish to enrol in a course that is subsidised by the Northern Territory and/or Commonwealth Government will also be charged fees.

Interstate students who enrol in the Certificate III, IV or Diploma in Media and the Certificate IV or Diploma of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care, will be charged the same rate as a NT resident.

Fees are subject to change each academic year. The fees will be charged at:

  • $2.20 per nominal hour for enrolment
  • $50.00 per Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application

Students are eligible to apply for a fee exemption.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will not be levied fees in 2024.

Fee-Free TAFE (Vocational Education and Training (VET)) courses in 2024

Batchelor Institute is offering Fee Free TAFE (Vocational Education and Training (VET)) Round 2 places in 2024. Fee-Free TAFE is a joint initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments, providing tuition-free courses to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill.

Following the availability of 180,000 Fee-Free TAFE places in 2023, the Australian Government will fund an additional 300,000 Fee-Free TAFE and vocational education places delivered in partnership with states and territories from January 2024.

The new Fee Free TAFE Round 2 places are available for courses within the following discipline(s):

  • business
  • community services
  • conservation and ecosystem management
  • early childhood education and care
  • education
  • health
  • resources and infrastructure
  • screen and media
  • visual arts

Who is eligible?

FFT Round 2 places are available to students commencing a new course of study in 2024 and:

  • A resident of the Northern Territory,
  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident or eligible visa holder who is over 15 years of age; and
  • Be identified as disengaged from NT schools (not at school); and
  • Have the skills and capabilities to undertake nationally accredited training; and
  • Meet minimum course entry requirements.

Who is not eligible?

FFT Round 2 places are not eligible to:

  • Local Government, Northern Territory Government and Australian Government agencies
  • Public schools or their employees
  • Private or independent schools or their employees
  • School age Territorians e.g., less than 15 years of age.

Priority Training Places

Priority training places are available for:

  • First Nations Australians
  • People out of work or receiving income support
  • Young people (17-24)
  • Unpaid carers
  • Women facing economic insecurity
  • Women undertaking study in non-traditional fields
  • People with disability
  • Certain category of visa holder

How do I apply for a Fee Free TAFE place?

As places are limited and will fill quickly, speak to the Institute about enrolling in a nationally recognised qualification or skill set in 2024 now.

What are the terms and conditions?

These places do not apply to Fee for Service delivery or negotiated contracts.

VET flat Fee

Students who require a stand-alone course/unit to complete their qualification or for licensing purposes, will be charged a flat fee.

Students are not eligible to apply for a fee exemption.

VET Flat Fee course and unit information will be available as it becomes available.

Unit CodeUnit Name2024 Fees
TLILIC0003Licence to operate a forklift truck$380.00
TLILIC0005Licence to operate a Boom Elevated Platform$380.00
RIIWHS204EWork safely at heights (Min 8)$380.00
RIIWHS202EEnter and work in confined spaces (Min 8)$380.00
CPCWHS1001Prepare to work safely in the construction industry$100.00
RIIVEH305FOperate and Maintain a Four Wheel Drive Vehicle$400.00
RIIMPO317FConduct roller operations$900.00
RIIMPO318FConduct civil construction skid steer loader operations$900.00
RIIMPO320FConduct civil construction excavator operations$1,000.00
HLTAID009Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation$85.00
HLTAID010Provide basic emergency life support$85.00
HLTAID011Provide First Aid$85.00
HLTAID012Provide First Aid in an education and care setting$125.00
UOE118Combined first aid - 009, 010, 011$85.00
UOE218Combined first aid with 012$125.00

VET fee for service

Batchelor Institute runs Fee-For-Service delivery for specified cohorts of students and/or for employees of a business that wish to have training delivered in specific location and/or time frame

For information about Fee-For-Service delivery, please contact a VET Administration Officer on:

Freecall: 1800 677 095

Material Fees for Units

At Batchelor Institute, Material Fees may apply to some units of competency for items such as mandatory text books and or specialised training items. To check if a unit of competency has a Material Fee, please visit the VET Course Guide.

Fee exemptions

Am I eligible for a fee exemption?

From July 2019 The following students are automatically exempted in the current academic year from paying student fees at the time of enrolment in a course fully funded by the Commonwealth or NT Government:

  • Incarcerated students
  • Students attending a Secondary School in the Northern Territory
  • Enrolled in a course AQF level II and below
  • Enrolled in an approved, stand-alone unit used for Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) assessment.

The following students are exempted from paying student fees in the current academic year, with the provision of relevant and current written evidence at the time of enrolment in a course fully funded by the Commonwealth or NT Government;

  • In receipt of one of the following full-time fortnightly Centrelink benefits: Abstudy, Austudy, Parenting Payment, New Start Allowance, Youth Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Carer Allowance
  • Unemployed
  • Financial Hardship - Special consideration will be given to students who can demonstrate financial hardship. The Director, Student Experience and/or delegate will assess individual cases.

The following forms of current written evidence will be considered;

  • Centrelink – Healthcare Card issued by Centrelink, Current Payment Statement (issued within the last month) issued by Centrelink, Current case summary issued by CDP provider confirming a student is in receipt of fortnightly payments
  • Unemployment – Written correspondence from the student or by an organisation stating the circumstances of their unemployment
  • Financial Hardship – Written correspondence from the student or by an organisation stating the circumstances of their financial hardship.

If the evidence is received by the Institute after the enrolment has been submitted, the fee exemption is applied from the current and following teaching period onwards. Fee exemptions are not applied retrospectively, unless approved otherwise.

Paying course fees

Once a student is enrolled with Batchelor Institute, they will receive an invoice for the Course Fees incurred in a specified teaching period and/or year. Course Fees will be determined at the time of the enrolment by Student Administration staff and are payable to the Institute by the student. Please note: All payments must include the relevant reference. If you do not provide this, your payment may not be matched to your invoice resulting in the monies paid being held in a suspense account.

Students can pay their course fees through the following methods:



Pay your course fees via BPAY Biller Code: 175208 Reference: Customer Reference Number for BPAY payments on the front of the Course & Enrolment Fees Invoice. Contact your bank, credit union or building society to make this payment from your cheque, savings or credit card account. More info:

Credit Card

Credit Card by Phone

Pay your course fees over the phone using your Visa or MasterCard. Your reference number is your Student ID on the front of the Course & Enrolment Fees invoice. Phone: (08) 8939 7160 weekdays from 8am – 4pm Transaction limits apply


On Campus using EFTPOS

Pay your course fees on Campus (Batchelor Campus only) using EFTPOS. Your reference number is your Student ID on the front of the Course & Enrolment Fees invoice. Please visit the cashier on the Batchelor campus or the Desert People Centre administration building.

Pay your course fees by Cheque. Cheques should be sent in the mail to the address below and made payable to Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. Please also enclose your reference number. Your reference number is your Student ID on the front of the Course & Enrolment Fees invoice. Please allow up to 4 weeks processing for funds to be cleared.

Contact Details

Postal: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education c\- Cashier BATCHELOR NT 0845 Phone: (08) 8939 7160  Fax: (08) 8939 7125 Email:

Fee refunds

Students enrolled at the Institute may, under certain circumstances, be entitled to a full or partial refund of their tuition or course fees or deposits. Any debts to the Institute must be paid before any refund can be calculated with outstanding amounts being deducted from the refund.

Refunds are not automatic. Where a refund is due, fees are re-credited to the student’s account and are held for a period of two (2) years, after which time, if the student has not applied for a refund, the monies may be forfeited.

Students may apply in writing to re-credit the forfeited amount to their student account or to their bank account. Refunds are remitted to the student after the appropriate form has been processed. Where a third party pays the student’s fees, any refund will be paid to the third party.

For more information see VET Student Withdrawal and Fee Refunds Procedure or contact Student Administration.

Third Party sponsorship of course fees

If an employer or a third party sponsor wishes to make a partial or full payment of your Course Fees they will need to complete the relevant form to be able to have your Course Fees invoiced directly to them. If an employer or third party has agreed to pay your Course Fees, and they do not make payment, you will not be able to obtain any official documentation from the Institute nor participate in any graduation event. Employers or a third party sponsor will need to complete the following form:

Completed forms should be sent to:

Important information for a Third Party sponsor:

  • The VET Third Party Sponsorship of Course Fees form is only valid for one (1) year. You will need to complete a new form for each year
  • An email address must be supplied by the Third Party. Invoices will be sent to the specified email provided on the form
  • By completing and returning the above form to Batchelor Institute, the Third Party agrees to sponsor the student(s) listed on the form
  • If the student has a pre-existing debt with Batchelor Institute, any form of AQTF certification will not be available until the pre-existing debt is also cleared
  • To cancel this sponsorship agreement, written revocation is required by Batchelor Institute and should be forwarded to
  • Cancellations will be processed for the following teaching periods. Example: If a cancellation request is received in Teaching Period 2, the request will be valid from the following Teaching Period (TP 3) onwards
  • Batchelor Institute will invoice the Third Party in June and December of the specified year. This amount will be a total of all of the students sponsored under the same Third Party/Employer

For more information on third-party payments please contact Student Administration
Phone: (08) 8939 7215 Email:

Contact Details

Postal: Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education c\- Cashier BATCHELOR NT 0845 Phone:  (08) 8939 7160  Fax: (08) 8939 7125 Email:

VET Student Loans

From 31 May 2023 Batchelor Institute is no longer an approved course provider under the VET Student Loans Act 2016. This means that no new students will be approved for a VET Student Loan (VSL).