Get qualified without the cost with the Queensland Government's Free TAFE for Year 12 Graduates program. Choose from a range of courses in high-priority areas and kick start your career with an industry-recognised qualification. Secure your future and get the skills employers want without the fees. 


How does it work?



Learn in-demand skills

To support school leavers into work, the Queensland Government offers free TAFE training in high-priority areas. These qualifications have been selected based on skills demand and advice from industry, ensuring students develop the skills needed by employers and the Queensland economy.


Find the right qualification for you

There are dozens of qualifications to choose from across a range of study areas including child care, community services, health, hospitality, agriculture, and horticulture. Plus, you can choose the study mode that suits you with many qualifications delivered both on campus and online.


There's no time to waste

Eligible Year 12 graduates ​must enrol and start training in a high-priority qualification within the calendar year after leaving school to take advantage of this great opportunity.​


Benefits of free TAFE training

Get qualified without the cost

If you take advantage of Free TAFE for Year 12 Graduates funding, the full cost of your training at TAFE Queensland will be covered. That means you won't have to contribute anything towards your training fees — you may still however need to pay some smaller costs such as uniforms or other resources.

Ensure your skills are in demand

The added benefit of completing a qualification in a high-priority area is that you're guaranteed to develop in-demand skills and graduate with strong job prospects. You'll stand out from the crowd and be ready to hit the ground running with the industry-relevant skills employers are looking for. 


Am I eligible?

To be eligible for Free TAFE for Year 12 Graduates funding, 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 a high-priority qualification with an approved training provider (such as TAFE Queensland) by 31 December the year after you graduate (e.g. 2019 graduates have to start by 31 December 2020)
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

If you hold a visa you must also ensure your visa subclass is eligible for subsidised training.

There are also additional eligibility rules that apply for students completing an apprenticeship or traineeship as part of the program.


Available courses

Free apprenticeships for under 21s

Looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship? Thanks to the Queensland Government's Free Apprenticeships for Under 21s funding, young Queenslanders have access to a range of fully-subsidised training across a range of priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualiifications. 

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News and events

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Sunshine Coast

Funding helps Ben grow a successful future

Year 12 graduate and TAFE Queensland horticulture student Ben Waddell is on track to one day run his own business, after receiving a helping hand from the Queensland Government.

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Free TAFE leads to job outcome

Cairns teenager Nanako Binst is getting ahead in life. She's studying hospitality for free at TAFE Queensland and has landed a job in the industry before she’s even completed her course.

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Sunshine Coast

Fee-free training helps set year 12 graduate on the right path

Marlene Paine has discovered her dream career after completing a Certificate III in Individual Support under the Queensland Government’s Year 12 Fee-free training initiative in 2017.

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