The Skills Assure framework
The Skills Assure framework commenced on 1 July 2020 to support delivery of the Queensland Government's core vocational education and training (VET) funding programs:
- Certificate 3 Guarantee – provides a government subsidy to allow eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school certificate III qualification.
- Higher Level Skills – provides a government subsidy in selected certificate IV and above qualifications and priority skill sets, to help students gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry.
- User Choice – provides public funding for the delivery of accredited, entry level training to apprentices and trainees.
To enable the Queensland Government to deliver nationally recognised training and support students under these programs, the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training contracts registered training organisations to provide these services, known as Skills Assure suppliers (or SAS).
Currently, there are over 400 Skills Assure suppliers contracted to the Queensland Government to deliver training across the state to approximately 200,000 students each year in priority industry sectors including construction, health, agriculture, business, aged care and disability support.
Delivering to regional Queensland
Queensland's major public providers, TAFE Queensland and CQUniversity Australia, are ideally placed to deliver training to students in regional Queensland with campuses located across the state.
The Queensland Government is supportive of a strong public provider and is investing in capital infrastructure at TAFE campuses to support skills development including in emerging industries.
The Queensland Government is confident our contracted Skills Assure suppliers are providing quality training to skill the workforce of the future and are capable of meeting current student demand.
Becoming a Skills Assure supplier
As with any government funding program, the need for additional suppliers is determined at the discretion of the department based on consideration of a number of factors, including the changing VET landscape and the current level of suppliers available in Queensland to meet demand for training.
Therefore, the department has determined not to accept additional suppliers for the VET funding programs outlined above in 2021–22.
Decisions about 2022–23 suppliers will be made based on an assessment of Queensland's projected training needs against the supply of VET programs in the marketplace and the status of national reforms. These decisions are likely to be made following finalisation of the contracting process for existing Skills Assure suppliers in the first quarter of the 2022–23 financial year.
Registered training organisations interested in receiving information on the 2022–23 Skills Assure supplier application process or possible future qualification-specific expressions of interest processes can register their interest at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about operating as a Skills Assure supplier.