Funded projects​

For job seekers, the best way to find a current Skilling Queenslanders for Work project​ is by navigating a map.

To view projects recently announced under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, go to the funded project lists​.​

Information ses​​sions, webinars and workshops

Funding announcements

26 September 2022: Application window closed for 2022–23 second funding round.
8 July 2022: 2022–23 first funding round projects announced – view funded project lists.

Are you a Queensland-based community organisation that would like to deliver a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project?

See below for information to help your organisation get started.

Funding is available to provide direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need support to gain the qualifications and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations are also able to apply for funding under some programs.

There are 2 regular funding rounds each financial year, taking applications for 7 of the initiative's 8 programs.

Applications for funding under the second funding round for 2022–23 opened on 1 August 2022 and closed at 5pm, 26 September 2022.

First and second rounds generally open February/March and August/September respectively. Incomplete and late applications are not considered.

Refer to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page to learn how to apply.

Further application information, including program guidelines and fact sheets, is available from the specific Skilling Queenslanders for Work program pages listed below.

Please note, for the second SQW funding round in 2022–23, a SQW Community Recovery package was activated to assist with the clean-up and re-building program across 21 identified local government areas in South East Queensland and the Fraser Coast region as a result of widespread damage caused by extraordinary rainfall and flooding.

As part of the Small Business Recovery and Resilience Package, an additional $10 million is available for non-profit community-based organisations (CBOs) in identified flood affected areas to submit recovery related project proposals under the existing SQW Work Skills Traineeships program.

The Small Business Recovery and Resilience Package is jointly funded by the Australian and Queensland governments under the Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

Information sessions and QCOSS webinars and workshops

During each round, departmental staff run information sessions across the state for interested organisations.

Webinars and face-to-face workshops are delivered in partnership with the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) to provide information and advice to help organisations develop applications that stand out.

To learn more, go to the information sessions, webinars and workshops page.

The Skilling Queenslanders for Work fact sheet (PDF, 162KB) provides an overview of the initiative.

The participant eligibility fact sheet (PDF, 252KB) explains who can be recruited onto Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects and common situations providers may need to respond to when assessing project applicants.

Application information, program funding guidelines, fact sheets and other supporting materials are available from the relevant program pages listed below.

Provider kit

Information and resources for funded organisations are available in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work provider kit.

There are 8 programs that make up the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Community Work Skills

Community Work Skills assists disadvantaged Queenslanders to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a certificate III level.

Work Skills Traineeships

Work Skills Traineeships funds paid work placements, for up to 6 months, on projects that benefit the boarder community while participants complete a Certificate I in Business, Conservation and Land Management, Construction, Hospitality or Retail Services.

Get Set for Work

Get Set for Work provides intensive employment and training assistance over a 12-month period to young, disengaged Queenslanders aged 15–19 years.

Ready for Work

Ready for Work assists disadvantaged Queenslanders transition into the workforce by providing 6–8 week courses focused on job search assistance and training.

Youth Skills

Youth Skills provides nationally recognised training and employment support for 15–24 year olds who are engaged with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services.

Community Foundation Skills

Community Foundation Skills assists disadvantaged Queenslanders with low-level language, literacy, numeracy and digital (LLND) skills to gain the knowledge and confidence necessary to participate successfully in a modern knowledge economy.

Skill Up

Skill Up provides assistance to adults 25 years and older to upskill or reskill in entry level positions in high priority industries to maximise existing and future job opportunities. Funding is available to community-based not-for-profit organisations, which will partner with registered training organisations with Skills Assure supplier status.

First Start

First Start provides wage subsidies to local councils and community-based organisations to employ additional trainees. The program offers opportunities to young people and disadvantaged job seekers to gain nationally recognised qualifications and 12 months employment by undertaking a traineeship. For more information on First Start, download the First Start guidelines for funding 2022–23 (PDF, 287KB).

Latest news

26 September 2022: Application window closed for 2022–23 second funding round.
8 July 2022: 2022–23 first funding round projects announced – view funded project lists.

For general enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work, email or phone 1300 369 935.

Community-based organisations and other eligible organisations with specific enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work should contact their local DESBT regional office or email the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team via

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Last updated 26 September 2022

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