In 2024, the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training will trial a 12-month Rural and Remote Pilot (the Pilot) in Central and North Queensland (aligned to specific local government areas, or LGAs) to increase high-quality, face-to-face training options for Queenslanders living in these communities. The Pilot will support employers to grow or upskill their workforce through locally delivered training and assessment in priority qualifications.

The Pilot aims to:

  • support priority student cohorts to participate in inclusive training that delivers individual social and economic benefits, particularly focusing on assisting First Nations people, people with a disability, and people from diverse multicultural backgrounds
  • support individual learners through pre-training reviews to tailor each student's training and support plan
  • support a student-centred approach to training participation, including helping participants post-training to transition to the workforce, advance in their career, or transition to higher-level training
  • improve employability or career progression of eligible participants by providing relevant skills in demand in local areas
  • reduce the cost of training for individuals and employers by bringing face-to-face training opportunities to their local area
  • partner with departmentally approved registered training organisations (RTOs), enabling them to submit a business case for additional funding above current subsidies to support face-to-face training and assessment services.

The Pilot will help to inform the real costs associated with enabling face-to-face delivery in rural and remote Queensland.

We will provide a funding contribution towards the extra costs associated with the Pilot, including increased face-to-face training and support delivered in the Pilot's locations. This funding contribution will be considered (as part of the assessment process) based on each provider's itemised and detailed budget submission. Note: A student co-contribution fee is required.

RTO applicants approved as a Skills Assure Supplier (SAS) for the Pilot are only able to deliver training in the qualifications and LGAs stated on their Pilot Delivery Schedule. They will not be approved to deliver training beyond the Pilot scope and no funding will be paid by the department for any delivery outside the remit of the pilot.

Learn more in the Rural and Remote Pilot 2024 funding and application guide (PDF, 419KB).

Delivery locations

The Pilot will target selected LGAs in Central and North Queensland and operate for a period of 12 months from early 2024.

Note: Delivery outside these locations will not be permitted, nor funded.

  • Banana Shire Council
  • Barcaldine Regional Council
  • Barcoo Shire Council
  • Blackall Tambo Regional Council
  • Boulia Shire Council
  • Central Highlands Regional Council
  • Diamantina Shire Council
  • Isaac Regional Council
  • Longreach Regional Council
  • Winton Shire Council
  • Woorabinda Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Burdekin Shire Council
  • Burke Shire Council
  • Carpentaria Shire Council
  • Charters Towers Regional Council
  • Cloncurry Shire Council
  • Doomadgee Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Flinders Shire Council
  • Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • McKinlay Shire Council
  • Mornington Shire Council
  • Mount Isa City Council
  • Palm Island Aboriginal Shire Council
  • Richmond Shire Council
  • Whitsunday Regional Council

Pilot qualifications list

Industry training group (ITG) Eligible qualifications
Community Services – Childcare CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Community Services – General CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support
CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services
CHC40321 Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention
CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support
CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health
General Education and Training – Foundation Skills FSK20119 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
Health – General HLT30121 Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care
HLT33021 Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance
HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance
Hospitality – General SIT20421 Certificate II in Cookery
SIT30622 Certificate III in Hospitality
Primary Industry – Agriculture AHC30122 Certificate III in Agriculture
AHC32822 Certificate III in Rural Operations
Tourism – General SIT30122 Certificate III in Tourism

RTO applications for Rural and Remote Pilot 2024 are closed.

Student eligibility

Students may only access 1 funded qualification from the approved list. Students must:

Participating SAS

A list of participating SAS will be published when the assessment and allocation process is completed.

Program documents

Contact us

Email VPI@desbt.qld.gov.au if you have any questions relating to eligibility or the application process.

Last updated 20 May 2024

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