government fundingGovernment Funding & Incentives

The Queensland Government provides targeted investment through a number of different vocational education and training investment programs to assist industry and employers train and upskill their current and future workforce. These programs include;
  • Certificate III Guarantee
  • Skilling Queenslanders for Work
  • Higher level Skills
  • Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career. It also supports Queensland’s Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.
Are you eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee program?
The program is open to any Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students) and is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate III level or higher qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training.

Higher Level Skills

The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to help individuals gain the higher level skills and qualifications required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry or to transition to university and further their studies.
Are you eligible for the Higher Level Skills program?
This program is open to any Queensland resident aged 15 years or over, who is no longer at school and is an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or Australian permanent resident or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training.

Contribution to Training Costs

Given the benefits that training provides to individuals, students undertaking certificate III or certificate IV level training are required to contribute to the costs of their training through a co-contribution fee. The amount of your out-of-pocket expense will vary depending on the course you undertake. The fee may be paid on your behalf by an employer or another third party.

Back to Work - Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost

About Back to Work Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost
The Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost will provide eligible jobseekers with funding for the training needed to secure local jobs. Training opportunities may include “second chance” training for jobseekers who already have a Certificate III qualification or for workers where a change in employment prospects requires new or updated skills.
Who Can Access the Program?
To be eligible for Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost, individuals must be ineligible for subsidised training under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, and live in regional Queensland.
It will focus on delivering training to people who are unemployed, or are at risk of losing their job and who require reskilling to move to alternative employment opportunities, or who are in work but are looking to increase hours of work or shift from part-time to full-time.
In particular, the program will target those who are traditionally disadvantaged in the labour market, such as the long-term unemployed, young people, mature aged jobseekers, people with a disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
The Certificate 3 Guarantee Boost is focused outside South East Queensland in the Wide Bay Burnett, North Queensland, Far North Queensland, Mackay/Whitsunday, Central Queensland, North West and South West regions.
For more information go to www.qld.gov.au/backtowork

Apprenticeship and Traineeships (User Choice)

The User Choice program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skill needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.
Not all apprenticeships and traineeships attract government funding. The government funding priority will determine the level of public funds contributed to training regardless of whether the qualification is an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Funding priority levels
The government funding priorities under the User Choice 2010 - 2016 program are:
  • Priority One (100 percent subsidised) Priority One qualifications are those which lead to occupations deemed to be critical priorities in Queensland
  • Priority Two (75 percent subsidised) Priority Two qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical
  • Priority Three (50 percent subsidised) Priority Three qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as medium priorities.
The User Choice funding priorities are determined from national and state data in conjunction with industry input, and are reviewed annually.
Types of apprenticeships and traineeships
New entrant full-time or part-time:
  • Full-time apprentices and trainees work and train full-time, usually from 36 to 38 hours a week.
  • Part-time apprentices and trainees work and train no less than 15 hours per week, averaged over a four week cycle.
Adult and mature age:
Apprenticeships and traineeships aren’t just for young people. Commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship is the same for all, no matter what age. As an older apprentice or trainee, you provide maturity, reliability, life experience and knowledge, not only to an employer but to other staff.
Furthermore, your existing skills and experience may provide you with credit and may reduce your training time. Even if you have never formally studied or trained in a particular area, you may
have gained knowledge and skills through your education, training, work and life experience.
School Based
School-based apprentices and trainees undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship as part of their high school studies. A school-based apprentice or trainee’s employment and/or training arrangements must impact on their school timetable for the program to be considered school-based.
Existing workers 
It may be possible for you to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship with your current employer. Existing workers, irrespective of whether they belong to Priority Population Groups, are eligible for
funding only when undertaking Priority One qualifications.
Are you eligible to do an apprenticeship or traineeship?
Individuals who are 13 years of age or older may be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in most occupations.However, Queensland legislation applies age restrictions to particular apprenticeships and traineeships.
Additionally to be eligible to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in Queensland you will need to;
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • be employed with the workplace address in Queensland
  • have rehular working hours where the working hours (including supervised training) averages a minimum 15 hours per week* over each four week period for the length of the training contract
For more information visit Training Queensland