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2019 Fees Enquiries

All Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses that lead to Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) are funded by the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Training and Workforce Development.

Course Fees

Please refer to the available download 2019 VET Indicative Fees. Information on Courses Offered and Fees may also be viewed at the My Skills web page.

Resource Fees

Resource fees are charges for materials that are considered essential to a course or unit of study and which do not form part of the course fee.

What are your Payment Options?


A VETSL (VET Student Loan) will cover fees for approved courses at the Diploma or Advanced Diploma level up to the maximum amount available for the course. The 2019 maximum VET loan amount is $10,342.

Should your course fee exceed the maximum amount, you are required to pay the difference upfront.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia, or, be a qualifying New Zealand citizen
  • be 18 years of age or older or have a parental consent form signed by your parent or guardian
  • have a valid Tax File Number (TFN) verifiable with ATO
  • have provided the required documents to ECU and submitted the loan application form by the first census day and no less than two business days after enrolling

You can make voluntary payments at any time to reduce the balance of your VETSL debt.

Please visit the Study Assist website for further information.

Upfront Payment

Payment can be made in full by the due date using the following payment options here.

Payment Plans

If you are enrolling in a course that is not VETSL debt approved, a payment plan is another option for eligible students.

For further information, please see also, the Payment Plan for VET Students page.


Eligible students can apply for a Concession Rate of the Course fee component of their fees. For further information please see the Customer Confirmation Written Consent Form.

Category of enrolment

Fee rate per nominal hour

Non-concession Student

Diploma or Advanced Diploma


General Industry Training (Up to Certificate IV)


Concession Student

Concession-eligible Diploma and Advanced Diploma Courses*


General Industry Training (Up to Certificate IV)


*only applicable to students in the Diploma of Screen Performance, Diploma of Musical Theatre or Diploma of Acting

For Diploma and Advanced Diploma qualifications, the maximum course fee chargeable in 2019 is $7,860.

For secondary school aged persons not enrolled at school (students born on or after 1 July 2001), the maximum course fee chargeable in 2019 is $420.

Outstanding Fees

If payment has not been made in full by the due date and you have not been granted a VETSL or Instalment Plan, an encumbrance will be placed on your student record.
If your tuition fees remain outstanding after the financial census date, your enrolment may also be withdrawn from your course. Should your enrolment be cancelled, you will be:

  • withdrawn from your units
  • discontinued from your course
  • ineligible to be re-instated in your units in the semester

Other Fees

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

The purpose of the SSAF is to provide student services and amenities beyond those required for the academic work of the university. Further information on SSAF may be found the SSAF web page.

Incidental Fees

Fees that are in addition to tuition fees and which are for goods or services that are related to your studies are classified as incidental fees.
These are items that belong to the student. Students may not access VETSL to defer the cost of incidental fees.

Incidental fees include, but are not limited to:

  • Goods or services not essential to the course
  • Alternative forms of access to goods or services essential to the course, but is otherwise readily available at no additional cost by the provider
  • Essential goods or services that students have the choice of acquiring from a supplier other than the provider and is for equipment or items that become the student's physical property and not consumed in the course

Other Fees and Levies

These are addition fees or charges issued by ECU during the academic year. These include but are not limited to fees such as:

  • Parking Charges
  • Library Charges
  • Equipment Charges

Withdrawal and Refunds


Written advice of withdrawal prior to the census date is necessary to ensure that students:

  • are eligible for refunds
  • do not incur a liability under the Commonwealth Government's VETSL scheme

You may withdraw from your units by submitting an Enrolment Variation Form to If you submit your request after the census date you will be withdrawn with full financial liability. Please note that it is not sufficient to verbally advise your Lecturer, Course Coordinator or Head of School.

You will need to:

  • submit a Withdraw Without Penalty online form within 12 months
  • explain and provide evidence of special circumstances that occurred after the census date that effected your ability to study
  • provide copies of supporting documentation - medical/death certificates, letter from counsellor/employer/doctor

Please refer to the guidelines on the application form and the ECU Remission of Tuition Fees Policy for the specific circumstances in which remission may be granted.


Students who lodge a withdrawal form before the census/withdrawal date for a unit will be eligible for a full refund of the course and resource fee for the unit.

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