Frequently Asked Questions about the Pilot Program

Where can I find more information about the course?

Please visit each of our four pilot subpages to learn more about each individual course.

Do I need to be able to speak and write in English?

All courses and assessments are conducted in English. TAFE providers offer support for students from ESL backgrounds.

Will I need to write essays?

The assessment will include a range of methods to help cater for different learning needs. This may include examinations, teamwork and class participation, written assignments and presentations.

Can I enrol with a friend?

Of course! Having a friend for support and encouragement while you study will help you both succeed. If you don’t yet have a friend to study with – don’t worry, because our peer support model will create a community of like-minded women who are just like you - getting out there and studying again for the first time in a while.

I haven't studied since Year 10, is this course going to be too hard?

The course is aimed at students with at least year 10 studies, so the content will be presented in a way that is easy to understand and learn.

We understand that going back to study can be hard, which is why we build our model based on peer support – working with others who have been where you are and can help you succeed in your studies.

Is childcare available?

You may be eligible for subsidised childcare while you study, and there are many local childcare options available.

Check with Centrelink ( or contact your local council.

Can I choose the days/shifts of placement?

Generally, placements shifts are undertaken full time, over a number of weeks.

The shifts are allocated based on the staffing needs of the organisation, and the availability of supervisors.

If you have questions about your placement hours, or a specific request your placement coordinator may be able to assist.

Will I need to work nightshifts on placement?

Generally, students do not work nightshifts on placement, due to the availability of supervisors.

What if I have more questions?

You can call us on (03) 9114 7826 or email us at

Am I eligible for Free TAFE?

For more Information about Free TAFE courses and TAFE eligibility, got to:

Where will the Clinical Placement be held?

The clinical placement will be held at accredited aged care providers selected by TAFE and will be near your suburb.

If I enrol in the course and for some reason I need to discontinue the same, can I have a refund of the amenities fee/student services fee?

It depends on the TAFE provider. A TAFE provider may be able to extend your place and put you in another group if you need to re-commence after a period of absence. However, this must be discussed directly with the TAFE provider.

Do I need to be unemployed to register my interest?

No. You need to be able to attend the online sessions and practical training being held on Wednesdays as well as the clinical placements (Dates to be confirmed). If you have work commitments outside of these hours, it is not a problem.

You can also register for the program if you are not working.

Can I apply if I am not an Australian Citizen?

Yes. You can apply if you are an Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen or on a Permanent Residency visa.

What makes ‘The Placement Circle’ special?

At The Placement Circle we are dedicated to linking communities of peer supported women to vocational training and then on to employment. We are the only charity that blends these four elements as we help you become employment ready and capable.

We do not include men in the program – this is a program dedicated for women only.

Having the support of your peers, women just like you who are finding their way back into paid employment, means you belong. Together, we will help you rebuild your confidence and make new friends. We create a sense of connection and belonging.

At The Placement Circle we will also help you throughout your course and after you finish it. We will help you find your way onto employment by supporting you with our comprehensive Peer Support Program.

What is 'Free TAFE'?

Free TAFE for priority courses gives more Victorians the chance to study at TAFE.

More than ever, the skills we need to build our state are learned at TAFE.

Free TAFE for priority courses reduces financial barriers for students. Students can train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers.

For more Information about Free TAFE courses and eligibility, got to:

COVID-19 screening

Students need to have a Flu vaccination for 2020 but other immunisations are not required.

Students should keep a copy of their Student ID, Police check, Working with Children’s check, and Flu vaccination information with them when attending placement.