For employers

Costs to train your apprentice or trainee
Read about the costs of taking on an apprentice or trainee and funded training that may be available to help cover some of these costs.

Wages and entitlements for your apprentice or trainee
Your apprentice or trainee must receive award wages and workplace entitlements such as superannuation, workers' compensation, leave entitlements and allowances.

Employer incentives and subsidies for apprenticeships and traineeships
Information about available incentives, subsidies and funded training for eligible employers of apprentices and trainees.

For apprentices and trainees

Wages and conditions
Learn more about your wages, conditions of employment and your employer's workplace requirements, including safety at work and supervision in the workplace.

Incentives and funded training

User Choice
Under the User Choice program, pre-approved registered training organisations (known as Skills Assure suppliers) are funded to provide training and assessment for most apprenticeships and some traineeships. You may only access a maximum of 2 government contributions, so it's important you ensure the qualification you choose will lead to your future career.

Free apprenticeships
We will cover the full cost of training for apprentices and trainees, under the age of 25, who commence, or are undertaking, one of the 139 priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications under this initiative from 1 January 2021 to 30 September 2022.

Free TAFE for under 25s
We will cover the full cost of training for eligible Queenslanders under the age of 25 years in 26 priority qualifications, with delivery only available at TAFE Queensland and Central Queensland University.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work
Under Skilling Queenslanders for Work, you may be able to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship at a reduced, or no, cost.

Costs of training

Your costs of training may include:

  • travel and/or accommodation costs to attend training
  • uniforms and equipment
  • text books and other study materials
  • tuition costs
  • parking or transport costs (to attend work or training).

Tuition costs will depend on the training organisation you and your employer choose to deliver your training and assessment.

You and your employer can choose either:

  • a training organisation funded under the User Choice program, meaning reduced tuition costs due to subsidies available
  • a training organisation not funded, which means you and/or your employer will pay the full fee for training.

Visit the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) for a list of funded training organisations.

The training organisation must advise you of any fees to be paid, including student contribution fees which are payable by you (however are not payable by school-based apprentices and trainees).

Your employer may be required to contribute towards the cost of training where the User Choice funding contribution does not meet the cost of training offered by the training organisation. If you choose a training organisation who receives funding, your training contract registration letter will contain details of the amount of funding contribution towards the training.

Financial support

Travel and accommodation subsidy (Queensland Government)
If you are required to travel more than 100kms return to attend training at your training organisation, you may be eligible for a travel and/or accommodation subsidy. Not available for school-based apprentices and trainees.

Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY (Department of Human Resources)
As part of this assistance, you may be eligible for a health care card which may entitle you to a reduction in training costs.

Financial support and loans (Australian Apprenticeships)
Find financial assistance and support loans that may help you with the costs of undertaking your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Living Away From Home Allowance (Australian Apprenticeships)
If you have to move away from your parent's or guardian's home in order to take up or retain an apprenticeship or traineeship, you may be eligible for this allowance.

Disability support
As an apprentice or trainee with disability, there are a number of support services available to help you throughout your apprenticeship or traineeship. Support may be available to you, your employer and/or your training organisation.

Last updated 7 May 2021

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