23 March 2020: Funding round opens, closing 5pm (AEST) 24 April 2020.

Micro-credentialing Pilots Program will be implemented in 3 streams over 3 years (2019–22). The program provides an opportunity to support changing workplaces by enabling the provision of focused training for new or transitioning employees in specific skills to better support businesses and industries to adopt innovations and improve productivity.

The skill outcomes targeted for these pilots will not be nationally recognised (i.e. vocational education and training or VET), as these outcomes can be supported under existing VET investment programs.

Funding streams

Micro-credentialing Pilots will be implemented through a number of targeted funding streams, to provide an opportunity to explore different priorities and types of micro-credentials:

  • Stream 1 - Public providers (TAFE Queensland and CQUniversity) will be funded to deliver a range of micro-credentials, developed to respond to priorities identified by industry and to support improved outcomes for existing VET students.
  • Stream 2 - Strategic partnerships in priority industries will be the industry sectors of tourism and National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) where Jobs Queensland has undertaken workforce planning projects and the Queensland Government has skilling strategies in place.
  • Stream 3 - A competitive funding round opening 23 March 2020, closing at 5pm (AEST) 24 April 2020 for market-led proposals from industry and other eligible organisations targeting specific industry sectors or regional priorities.

Application information

Who can apply for funding?

Industry peak bodies, unions, Industry Skills Advisors (approved by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training), regional industry bodies, employers (on behalf of industry) and Queensland's public VET providers (TAFE Queensland and CQUniversity).

Who will the funds support?

Queensland existing workers, new entrants or job seekers in industries, regions and enterprises targeted by pilots.

What can project funds be used for?

Costs directly associated with delivery of a skills program, or other project development, implementation and evaluation activities for micro-credentials. Funding will be provided on a basis of a negotiated co-contribution for all projects, which may be from industry, enterprises or participants. At a minimum, 50% of total funding sought should be for micro-credential delivery cots.

Application process for Stream 3

Applications for market-led proposals from industry and other eligible organisations targeting specific industry sectors or regional priorities may be submitted using the Micro-credentialing Pilots Program application form (DOCX, 217KB). The completed form can be returned to programdesign@desbt.qld.gov.au with the subject heading of "Micro-credentialing Pilots Program - name of your organisation".

How are applications assessed?

Applications are assessed against eligibility and assessment criteria detailed in the Micro-credentialing Pilots Program policy 2019–22 (PDF, 114KB) or (DOCX, 249KB). Alongside the industry and skill need, applicants must demonstrate their capacity to manage the proposed project and have a mandatory co-contribution from industry, employers or students towards the cost of the project.

Frequently asked questions

Read the frequently asked questions (PDF, 96KB) or (DOCX, 90KB) to find out more about the Micro-credentialing Pilots Program Stream 3 applications and applying for funding.

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Last updated 19 March 2020

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