Support to develop skills

The Queensland Government invests in training to support refugees and migrants gain the skills and qualifications needed to find employment.

Subsidised training is where the Queensland Government contributes to the cost of your course.

This reduces the cost of study for eligible students for a wide range of vocational education and training (VET) courses offered by registered training organisations.

There are several subsidised training programs including:

  • Certificate 3 Guarantee – helps to subsidise the training costs to undertake your first post-school certificater III qualification.
  • Higher Level Skills – supports you to gain higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement through selected certificater IV, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications in priority industries.
  • User Choice – supports apprentices and trainees to cover the cost of training associated with their apprenticeship or traineeship.

The Queensland Skills Gateway includes a tool to help you check if you are eligible for government subsidised training in Queensland, as well as a list of registered training organisations that are approved to deliver subsidised training throughout Queensland.

For migrants and refugees, the recommended minimum qualification for entry into a certificate level VET course is to have completed the equivalent of an Australian Yearr 10 qualification in your home country.

If you want to study a diploma or advanced diploma course, you may need to have completed the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 qualification in your home country.

Visa eligibility

To access subsidised training you must be:

  • an Australian citizen
  • an Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant)
  • a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or
  • a New Zealand citizen.

To determine if you are eligible to participate in subsidised training, check your current visa on the visa subclass eligibility list (XLSX, 41KB).

In addition, eligible apprentices and trainees may be able to access User Choice funding if:

  • they have entered into a training contract for a qualification that is funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training
  • they are registered in our registration system (DELTA)
  • and
  • their visa allows them to work in Australia.

For more information, talk to your preferred registered training organisation or phone us on 1300 369 935.

Support to learn English

When studying in Australia, courses require a minimum level of English language skills.

English courses are available to help you gain the language skills you need. General English courses teach the basic written and verbal communication skills needed to interact in daily life in Australia.

TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy Services (TELLS) provides language, literacy and numeracy training to job seekers and migrants through the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP) and the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program. The AMEP is delivered at TAFE locations across Queensland.

If your child is studying in a Queensland Government school and English is not their first language they may be eligible for English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) language support.

Support to recognise existing qualifications

If you hold a completed post-secondary school qualification from overseas and currently live in Queensland, our Overseas Qualification Unit may be able to assist you to have your qualification assessed and recognised.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work

Skilling Queenslanders for Work funds training and support for unemployed or underemployed people including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Find out more about how Skilling Queenslanders for Work training projects can help you gain the skills, qualifications and experience you need to enter and stay in the workforce.

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Last updated 2 February 2024

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