Release type: Media Release


Short courses providing new skills to Australians


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Australians looking to learn new skills to make themselves more employable will be able to choose from 58 new online short courses announced today.

The Morrison Government will provide $7 million to heavily subsidise 1,015 places in courses covering teaching, agriculture, health, science, engineering, clinical psychology, information technology (IT) and languages.

The courses will be offered by 18 higher education providers and the cost to students will range from $1,250 to $2,500.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said these new courses at mostly private providers would complement the 177 courses across nine different fields of education currently on offer from 22 universities in Australia.

“Students can enrol in these short, online courses and graduate with a recognised qualification and new skills,” Mr Tehan said.

“These short courses will support Australians who have lost their jobs or are looking to retrain in national priority areas.

“The Undergraduate Certificate has been developed in response to community and industry need as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The creation and delivery of these courses will also drive innovation in our higher education sector, making Australia a leader in the delivery of micro-credentials.

“We are pleased the COAG Education and Skills Ministerial Councils have recognised Undergraduate Certificates and will review them by the end of December 2021 to ensure they remain fit for purpose.”

Courses will be advertised on the Course Seeker website.