What is free tafe for Year 12 graduates?

Free tafe for Year 12 graduates supports school leavers to kick start their career with a high priority qualification.

Eligible Year 12 graduates must enrol and start training in a high priority qualification within the calendar year after leaving school.

There are nearly 160 qualifications to choose from across a range of industries and some qualifications are delivered on campus or as part of an apprenticeship or traineeship.

These qualifications develop the skills needed by employers and the Queensland economy, and are based on skills demand, advice from industry, and whether the qualification will lead to employment.

The full cost of training is covered, so graduates don't need to contribute to their training fees.

Are there any costs for me?

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 for apprentices and trainees. Please speak with your chosen training provider to understand any related costs that may apply to the qualification.

Who can access free tafe for Year 12 graduates?

To be eligible for free tafe, you must:

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification'
  • enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by 31 December the year after graduating (e.g. 2019 graduates have to start by 31 December 2020)
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

I'm starting an apprenticeship/traineeship straight after completing Year 12, can I get free tafe?

Yes, if you enrol in a high priority training area under the User Choice program.

I intend to finish school at the end of Year 10 or 11, can I enrol in free training?

No, not under the free tafe for Year 12 graduates' initiative. However, you may be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee.

Will all training be free for Year 12 graduates?

No, only high priority qualifications are guaranteed to be free. Year 12 graduates need to enrol and start training in a high priority qualification by the end of the calendar year after leaving school.

We encourage students to research carefully when choosing their training course and provider. Fees may apply for qualifications which are not a high priority.

Want to study now?

Follow the steps on the free tafe for Year 12 graduates page and contact a training provider for more information, including course details and how to enrol.

For tips on how to choose a course and training provider, read our training consumer tips.

Can I change training providers?

Yes. If you stop training with one training provider you can re-enrol with another government pre-approved training provider and still be eligible for free training, if it is within the calendar year after you complete Year 12.

Can I change courses?

If you start training in a high priority qualification but change your mind and want to undertake a different high priority qualification that will better support your goals, then you will still be eligible for free training but only if you re-enrol within the 12-month calendar year following Year 12.

Will I be able to access Queensland Government subsidised training in the future?

The free tafe for Year 12 graduates is available through two Queensland Government programs - the Certificate 3 Guarantee program and the User Choice program, which supports apprenticeship and traineeship training.

However, undertaking the free tafe for Year 12 graduates program may exhaust your entitlement to further Queensland Government subsidised training.

For this reason, it is very important that you take the time to consider and compare your training options and costs, before signing an enrolment form or committing to a course of study which will use up your Queensland Government subsidised training entitlement.

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Last updated 8 January 2020

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