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From 1 January 2021, Free TAFE for under 25s will be available to eligible Queenslanders in 26 priority certificate III qualifications available at TAFE Queensland and Central Queensland University only.

This program is an extension to the former Free tafe for Year 12 graduates program to young people aged 25 years and under.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be aged under 25 years at the point of enrolment and not be at school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen
  • not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate III or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.

Individuals who hold a visa must also ensure their visa subclass is eligible for subsidised training.

The proposed certificate III qualifications to be included are:

Certificate II in Kitchen Operations

Certificate III in Hospitality

Certificate III in Laboratory Skills

Certificate III in Food Processing

Certificate III in Manufacturing Technology

Certificate III in Education Support

Certificate III in Community Services

Certificate III in Individual Support

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certificate III in Agriculture

Certificate III in Arboriculture

Certificate III in Horticulture

Certificate III in Parks and Gardens

Certificate III in Landscape Construction

Certificate III in Production Horticulture

Certificate III in Rural Operations

Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance

Certificate III in Dental Assisting

Certificate III in Health Administration

Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Certificate III in Health Support Services

Certificate III in Indigenous Environmental Health

Certificate III in Pathology Collection

Certificate III in Pathology Assistance

Certificate III in Sterilisation Services

Certificate III in ATSI Primary Health Care

What's free?

Free means the Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training in a high priority qualification, so eligible students don't contribute to training fees.

However, students may incur related costs such as uniform and resource costs.

Last updated 1 January 2021

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