Community Work Skills is one of seven 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.

Registered training organisations (RTOs) with Skills Assure supplier (SAS) status will have opportunities to partner with funded community-based not-for-profit organisations to deliver the nationally recognised training and assessment service components of Community Work Skills projects.

Program overview

Community Work Skills provides tailored assistance to program participants to undertake formal training to gain nationally recognised skills and vocational qualifications up to a certificate III level.

In 2018–19, $16.8 million in funding is available to community-based not-for-profit organisations throughout Queensland.

Who does the program support?

Community Work Skills primarily targets Queensland residents 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 six months and remain unemployed.

What does the program fund?

Community Work Skills funds community-based training projects, with participants enrolled in training delivered in a community-based setting and provided with tailored support to complete their training and transition into work. The delivery of training and assessment services for these projects are funded through the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.

Who can apply for funding?

Community-based not-for-profit organisations can apply. The training and assessment services component of the funded project must be delivered by an RTO that is a Queensland Government approved SAS. More information is detailed in the Community Work Skills Guidelines for funding 2018–19 (PDF, 976 KB).

More information

Visit the Community Work Skills page in the for community organisations section of this site for more detailed information, including the program guidelines.

Related information

Last updated 30 June 2020

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