2021 short courses

This page contains information for short courses, National Priority Places and Innovative Places. It also contains frequently asked questions on the course places.

Semester 2 2021 Short courses for non-university higher education providers

This page contains information for short courses being offered in Semester 2 2021 to non-university higher education providers (NUHEPs) as a relief measure for the loss of international student enrolments.  

On 30 April 2021 the Australian Government announced a package of measures to support the NUHEPs most affected by COVID-19 and border closures. This package includes $26.1 million for 5,000 short course places for domestic students at NUHEPs for delivery in Semester 2,2021.

This is in addition to the 2,500 short course places already allocated to NUHEPs this year, bringing the total number of short course places to 7,500 in 2021.

These short courses will not be restricted by field of education or mode of delivery. As with the existing 2021 courses, the cost of these courses will be aligned to the cluster rates and student contribution amounts specified within the Job-ready Graduates (JRG) package. Students can still defer their upfront costs through HELP.

This measure will provide additional options for students and the recently unemployed to engage with higher education across a wider range of fields, which will help further the position of the nation and our workforce to move out of the economic downturn. It will also support NUHEPs affected by declines in international student enrolments to pivot delivery to domestic students.

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment now invites expressions of interest from NUHEPS to deliver these courses in Semester 2 2021. 

To apply, please complete the application form. Completed applications must be returned to CGS@dese.gov.au with the subject heading (Provider Name: Semester 2 Short Course Application) no later than 5 pm AEST on Sunday 16 May 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

FAQs are available. Questions and answers during the application process are being responded to individually and published here for transparency.

Please refer any further questions regarding this process to CGS@dese.gov.au.

Information on previous funding allocations of short courses, National Priority Places and Innovative Places

The Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates (JRG) package of reforms to higher education received Royal Assent on 27 October 2020. Under the package, the government provided resources to higher education providers as follows:

  • 47,500 higher education short course Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) (23,750 EFTSL) to be delivered in 2021 – all disciplines, all TEQSA registered universities
  • 2,500 higher education short course Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) (1,250 EFTSL) to be delivered in 2021 – restricted to national priority courses as per 2020, non-university higher education providers (NUHEPs)
  • 12,000 commencing undergraduate CSPs in 2021 for national priorities with further pipeline places – all TEQSA registered universities
  • 300 places for 2021 for national priorities (Innovative places), with pipelines places following – all TEQSA registered universities

Higher education providers are currently delivering these courses in 2021.

Previous 2021 Short courses FAQs

FAQs for providers regarding the previous funding allocations of short courses for 2021 are available.

Questions and answers during the application process were responded to individually and published here for transparency. This page is no longer updated.

Please refer any further questions regarding previous funding allocations for short courses in 2021 to cgs@dese.gov.au.