Skilling Queenslanders for work (SQW)

  • Funding assisted 12,434 disadvantaged Queenslanders under SQW in 2017–18.
  • As at 30 June 2018, 30,874 Queenslanders assisted under SQW with 16,664 securing a job as a direct result of participating in a SQW project (cumulative since reinstatement of SQW in 2015).
  • Invested $4.25 million for 340 full-time traineeship opportunities and 12 months employment with 61 local councils and one statutory authority.

Vocational education and training (VET)

  • Queensland has the highest VET participation rate (27.2%) of all jurisdictions, with 877,200 working-age (15 to 64 years) Queensland residents undertaking some form of VET in 2017.

Training participation

  • 9% increase in trainee commencements in 2017–18.
  • 11.9% increase in indigenous trainee commencements and 9% increase in completions.

Table 1. Training and Skills service standards

Service standardsNotes2017–18
Target / Est.
Effectiveness measures
Proportion of all attempted competencies successfully completed
  93% 92.6%
Proportion of Queenslanders with higher qualifications 1, 2, 3 60% 60%
Proportion of VET graduates in employment or further study 1, 3, 4 87% 82.9%
Number of completions 5   
Apprenticeships 6 11,500 8,900
Traineeships 7 11,000 12,500
School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships (SATs)   5,000 4,900
Proportion of graduates satisfied with the overall quality of their training 1, 4 89% 88.2%
Proportion of employers satisfied with graduates of: 1,8   
Nationally accredited training   85% 80.7%
Apprenticeships and traineeships   83% 80.5%
Efficiency measure
Average cost per competency successfully completed
9 $600 $595


  1. Confidence intervals for estimates derived from sample survey responses need to be considered when interpreting relative performance.
  2. Sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Survey of Education and Work, Australia, May 2016 data cube: Table 1.12 Non-school qualification at Certificate III level or above, persons aged 20–64 years, 2016.
  3. While the department actively influences this measure (including through the Higher Level Skills program and providing funding for other higher level qualifications based on industry advice), it is affected by a range of factors including the economy, higher education providers, the Australian Government and the vocational education and training (VET) sector.
  4. Sourced from the annual National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) Student Outcomes Survey. The last survey was conducted in 2016 and relates to students who graduated in 2015.
  5. Departmental data shows that overall vocational student numbers have increased since 2014–15 suggesting alternate Australian Government and state-funded programs, including the Queensland Government subsidised Certificate 3 Guarantee program, are being chosen by students. Apprenticeship and traineeship measures include School-based Apprenticeships and Traineeships.
  6. The target reflects the national trend of reductions in apprenticeships following a decrease in Australian Government incentives and a reduction in the number of opportunities in the job market.
  7. Traineeships have been supplemented more recently through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program which is a $240 million commitment over four years and incorporates traineeship programs.
  8. Employer satisfaction estimates are obtained from the biennial national survey, Employers' Use and Views of the VET System, which was last conducted by NCVER in 2015. The 2015–16 Estimated Actual is statistically equivalent to the 2015–16 Target/Estimate.
  9. This figure is calculated by dividing the Training and Skills service area budget by the number of successful VET competencies (individual study units) directly funded by the department.

Last updated 28 September 2018

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