Language, Literature and Numeracy Assessment

Once you have decided what course you would like to study, AACDS must make sure that you meet the requirements of the course and that you are at a level that you will be able to complete the course.

New Government entry procedure requirements apply for students to access VET FEE-HELP. The new requirements apply to students enrolled in higher level VET courses from 1 January 2016. As part of the student entry procedure if you enrol in a VET diploma, VET advanced diploma, VET graduate diploma or VET graduate certificate and want to take out a VET FEE-HELP loan, you will need to provide AACDS with a copy of your Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate).

If you don’t have an Australian Year 12 certificate, you must be assessed as displaying a required level of competence in both reading and numeracy. To do this AACDS will give you a test to see if you have the skills to give you a good chance of completing the course.

If you don’t attain an ‘Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy’, you will not be able to take out a VET FEE-HELP loan.


Can any other qualification that a student has attained be used to access a VET FEE-HELP loan?

No. The requirement is that if you do not have an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, you must complete the Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing to be eligible to access a VET FEE-HELP loan. If you cannot produce evidence (the certificate) of completion of an Australian Year 12 secondary education, you must prove eligibility through the test – a letter from a secondary school delegate will not be accepted in replacement. Other qualifications will not be accepted to be eligible for a VET FEE-HELP loan, including:

  • A VET qualification (e.g. Cert III, Cert IV, diploma)
  • A higher education qualification (e.g. degree or higher tertiary qualification)
  • An overseas year 12 equivalent qualification
  • Achievement of a Certificate IV within the same suite of the applied Diploma

NB: You are able to request a copy of your Year 12 certificate from the Education Department

Are students that have not yet finished year 12 able to access VET FEE-HELP?

Yes, if they meet the requisite requirements.

i) Students who are not able to present an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education on completion of Year 12 will need to demonstrate competency using an approved LLN assessment tool.

ii) Students who are still completing their secondary schooling may access a VET FEE-HELP loan if they meet the requisite requirements for a loan and meet the new requirements concerning protection for students under 18 years.

Does a VET FEE-HELP applicant need to demonstrate competency in any skills other than Reading and Numeracy?

Not for access to VET FEE-HELP, only reading and numeracy competencies need to be demonstrated to be eligible for a VET FEE-HELP loan. Even if the course does not include aspects of reading or numeracy these competencies must still be met to access the loan.

If a student has met all course entry requirements but does not display competence at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework, is the student precluded from entry to the course?

The entry requirements apply to accessing a VET FEE-HELP loan – not to the course.

Does an applicant’s score/results from their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education effect their eligibility for a VET FEE-HELP loan?

Access to a VET FEE-HELP loan can be granted to a student with a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education awarded on completion of year 12, and who meets the other requisite criteria (See the Study Assist website for information). It is up to providers to determine whether students meet other pre-requisite course requirements to access the diploma and above qualification.