The Queensland Government invests in training based on industry advice to provide Queenslanders with the skills they need to gain meaningful and sustainable employment through the provider of their choice.

Government funding is directed to minimise skills shortages, focus on training for jobs that are in demand in our critical industries, and increase the number of Queenslanders with formal post-school qualifications.

The Queensland Skills Gateway includes a tool to help you check if you are eligible for government subsidised training in Queensland.

List of subsidised training and programs

Free online training for workers impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)
Queenslanders whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 or need additional COVID-19 Safe training can access a range of free online courses.

Certificate 3 Guarantee
The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to allow eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school certificate III qualification.

User Choice (apprenticeship and traineeship funding)
The User Choice program provides public funding for the delivery of accredited, entry level training to apprentices and trainees.

Higher Level Skills
The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to help individuals gain the higher level skills and qualifications required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry.

Free apprenticeships for under 21s
Queenslanders up to the age of 21, may be eligible to undertake high priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications for free.

Free tafe for Year 12 graduates
Free training for Year 12 graduates in high priority qualifications, available through apprenticeships, traineeships and other training courses.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work
Skilling Queenslanders for Work is an initiative to help eligible Queenslanders to gain the skills, qualifications and experience to enter and stay in the workforce. The programs are targeted at different groups including young people, mature-age job seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, women re-entering the workforce, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Skills Boost
Skills Boost provides a training subsidy for people who want to update their skills to go further in their current job or pursue a different career even if they already hold a vocational education and training qualification.

What's Next OOHC Fund
The What's Next OOHC funding initiative supports young people aged 15-21 who are, or have been in out-of-home care in Queensland to access assistance to navigate the VET system, personalised career and training pathways information and financial support to enrol in vocational education and training. This program is currently closed for registrations.

Back to Work
Back to Work gives Queensland employers the confidence to take on someone new and the opportunity to grow their business. The Queensland Government supports eligible employers to hire an eligible unemployed job seeker. Payments of up to $20,000 are available to employers for an eligible full-time employee hired in either regional Queensland or areas of South East Queensland experiencing significant labour market challenges. Funding is subject to availability.

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS)
VETiS funded from the VET Investment budget focuses on delivering qualifications to provide school students with the skills and knowledge required for employment in specific industries.

VET Student Loans
Learn more about the Australian Government's VET Student Loans program, which replaces the VET FEE-HELP scheme from 1 January 2017. The program offers assistance to help pay tuition fees for higher level VET qualifications.

Scholarships and financial support
Information about scholarships and financial support available for people undertaking vocational education and training.

Annual VET Investment Plan

The Annual VET Investment Plan outlines the Queensland Government's planned investment in vocational education and training over the coming year.

Further information

Last updated 1 June 2020

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