Creating and accessing your account
Why do I need to create an account?
Applications for regular funding rounds open under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work (SQW) initiative will only be accepted via the SQW Apps online application portal.
SQW Apps enables eligible organisations to apply for program funding in a secure cloud-based environment, requiring account registration and login.
How do I register an account?
To register an account, navigate to the SQW Apps portal page and click on the 'Register' link under the Register page. Follow the system prompts to verify email, sign-in and complete profile and organisation details.
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What is the difference between Portal Administrators and General Portal Users?
When an organisation is registered with SQW Apps for the first time, the user who registers the organisation will, by default, become the Portal Administrator. The Portal Administrator will then be able to manage other General Portal Users who would like to associate to the organisation and submit and view applications for a funding round.
Portal Administrators will approve access to other users when they register an account and associate to the organisation. Portal Administrators can grant or revoke access to other users at any time by navigating to the 'My Organisation' tab of their account and clicking on 'Grant Access'/'Revoke Access' for the user they wish to associate/disassociate.
Portal Administrators and General Portal Users will have the same level of access to be able to create, edit, submit and view applications relevant to the organisation. This means that users will be able to view and access applications that were created by other users associated to the organisation.
How do I join an organisation/link my account to an already registered organisation?
You will be able to associate to an organisation at time of registration. Throughout the registration process, you will be prompted to enter the ABN of the organisation you wish to be associated to. Once confirming the organisation association, the SQW Apps Portal Administrator of the organisation will be sent a request to grant access to the account, allowing you to create new and view existing SQW applications.
How do I add and remove users from my organisation account?
You will be able to grant and revoke access to an organisation account if you are the SQW Apps Portal Administrator. To do so, login to your account, click on the 'My Organisation' tab and click on the 'Grant Access' or 'Revoke Access' links within the dropdown icon of the 'Actions' column.
How do I change my password?
To change your password, login to your account and click on the 'Change Password' option under your account name.
How do we change organisation details?
Submitting an application
Completing and submitting forms in the portal involves the following steps:
- Login to the SQW Apps portal.
- Navigate to the 'Applications' tab.
- Select the program you want to apply for.
- Read and accept terms and conditions (note: you will have to accept these at the beginning of every application).
- Complete the application form, uploading any required supporting materials and using relevant templates supplied.
- Check your application for completeness, and read and accept declaration terms.
- Click the 'Submit' button to lodge your funding application.
Once submitted, an email will be sent to nominated email addresses confirming that your organisation's application has been received.
- Applications can be completed over time, from anywhere and on any device with internet access.
- Application pages are automatically saved upon clicking the 'Next' button.
- Use the Tab key to jump from field to field.
- When mandatory fields have not been completed, validation error notifications will appear. You must complete these fields before progressing.
- It is recommended that applications are submitted no later than two days prior to the closing date, to ensure any unforeseen issues do not prevent organisations from applying.
What is the maximum file size for attachments?
The maximum file size is 10MB per attachment.
Preferred file types include PDF, DOC and DOCX.
Can I save my application and finish it another time?
Yes. After you start an application, you can close it at any time and reopen it later by navigating to the 'Applications' tab and selecting the 'Edit' option of the application under 'My Organisations Funding Applications'.
As you progress through the application, the application is automatically saved every time you click the 'Next' button.
Will I receive an email confirming my application has been submitted?
Yes. A 'receipt of application' email will be sent confirming successful submission of your application.
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Can I apply for multiple Skilling Queenslanders for Work funding programs? If so, how?
Yes. An organisation can apply for funding under multiple SQW programs – provided it has the capacity to deliver multiple projects. However, an organisation can only submit a maximum of 10 applications per funding round under all SQW programs across all departmental regions.
A separate funding application is needed for every program type (i.e. a single application cannot seek funds under both Community Work Skills and Work Skills Traineeships).
When seeking to deliver a program across multiple locations, a separate funding application is also required for every departmental region. For example, a single application for Get Set for Work funding can include delivery in both Mareeba and Cairns (which are in the one region), but separate applications will be needed for delivery in Cairns and Townsville (which are in different regions).
My project will be delivered in multiple locations within one departmental region, how to I represent this in my application?
Forms enable you to select one primary delivery location and the option to add other delivery locations, if applicable.
A look up list of Queensland postcodes and locations is provided relevant to the departmental region that you are applying for.
Can I update my application after it has been submitted?
You cannot edit submitted applications in the portal.
Please check applications in full prior to submitting.
Applicant organisations can request amendments and attach additional supporting documentation before the closing date via email to firstname.lastname@example.org referencing the specific application (program name, region and date submitted).
Can I submit after funding round applications close?
No. Applications cannot be submitted after the published closing time and date.
Organisations are encouraged to aim to complete their applications well before the formal closing date, to ensure that unforeseen issues do not prevent the submission of an application.
I'm concerned about information privacy. How secure is the portal, and how will information be stored and used?
SQW Apps is a secure cloud-based environment that complies with government information and security standards.
Information collected is used for the purposes of assessing Skilling Queensland for Work applications and contracts.
What is the assessment process?
Refer to the 'how applications are assessed' section of each Skilling Queenslanders for Work program page.
When will I know if an application is successful or not?
Successful applicants will receive an email with a formal offer of funding in the week following a statement released by the Minister for Training and Skills Development, announcing funding round outcomes.
A letter is posted to unsuccessful applicants within 24 hours of a Ministerial announcement.
Will I receive feedback on an application?
Unsuccessful applicants are invited to seek feedback from the department when they are formally notified of funding round outcomes. The feedback process is outlined at this time.
If dissatisfied with the feedback, applicant organisations can follow the appeal process outlined in program guidelines.
I don't have internet access, can I submit via other means?
No. All organisations seeking funding under Skilling Queenslanders for Work are expected to have access to the internet.
What are the technical requirements of accessing the SQW Apps portal?
The portal is based on the Microsoft Dynamics 365 portal platform. For an optimum experience, the latest version of one of the following browsers should be used:
- Microsoft Edge or Windows Explorer 11
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Safari for OSX.
Screen reader accessibility is provided for desktop and laptop devices, as follows:
- Apple Macbooks – Safari browser with in-built voice-over screen reader
- Windows – Internet Explorer 10 or above browser using a JAWS screen reader.
Browser security settings
The portal will function correctly using the default security settings for the browser. For example, the default privacy setting for Internet Explorer 11 is medium and the internet zone setting is medium high.
The following settings are always required:
- Cookies must be enabled
- Compatibility view must be 'off' for Internet Explorer.
Applicant organisations are encouraged to contact their local DESBT regional office to discuss their project proposals.