Funding announcements

13 June 2021: Continuation of Skilling Queenslanders for Work announced.
19 August 2021: Application window for 2021–22 funding round now closed.

Skill Up is one of 8 programs that form part of the Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. Through a suite of targeted skills and training programs, Skilling Queenslanders for Work aims to improve the skills, employment opportunities and social inclusion of disadvantaged Queenslanders.

Program overview

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.

In 2021–22, $4 million in funding will be available for community-based, not-for-profit organisations throughout Queensland.

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.

Who does the program support?

Skill Up primarily targets Queensland adults 25 years an over who either:

  • are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance, or
  • require complementary services because they have significant barriers to learning and employment, or
  • have accessed Australian Government services for more than 6 months and remain unemployed.

What does the program fund?

Skill Up funds eligible organisations to provide adults 25 years and over with localised, skills focussed training and assistance to fill existing or future vacancies at the entry level in high priority industries.

The delivery of training and assessment services for community-based training projects are funded under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.

The delivery of projects should be tailored to participants' circumstances.

Skill Up funds cover the tailored support that must accompany the delivery of training within a community-based setting and the student co-contribution fees.

Skill Up projects focus on the attainment of up to certificate III qualifications, including skill sets recognised as an appropriate entry level pathway in some industries.

Who can apply for funding?

Community-based not-for-profit organisations, registered for GST, are eligible for funding. The training and assessment services component of the funded project must be delivered by a registered training organisation (RTO) that has Queensland Government Skills Assure supplier (SAS) status.

More information is detailed in the Skill Up Guidelines for funding 2021–22 (PDF, 299KB).

Funding levels and conditions

Funding is available for a maximum 12 month term. The level of funding is dependent on the type of project and nature of the training and assistance to be provided, as well as the number of participants targeted by the project.

How to apply

Applications are accepted during 2 open funding rounds each year.

First and second rounds generally open February/March and August/September respectively.

To learn more about the application process and how to apply, go to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page.

Program documents

Skill Up Guidelines for funding 2021–22(PDF, 299KB)

Skill Up 2021–22 fact sheet (PDF, 259KB)

Sample Skilling Queenslanders for Work Services Agreement (PDF, 987KB)

Contact information

For general enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work, email training@desbt.qld.gov.au or phone 1300 369 935.

Community-based organisations with specific enquiries about a Community Work Skills application should contact their local DESBT regional office or the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team at training@desbt.qld.gov.au.

Related information

Last updated 23 June 2021

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