Eligible students may be able to access a range of independent and government funding to help subsidise the cost of your training.
The Certificate 3 Guarantee helps support eligible students to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification. You may be eligible to receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of subsidised courses. Visit the Department of Education and Training website to see which qualifications and skill sets are subsidised under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.
If your course is eligible, the Queensland Government will pay the subsidy directly to TAFE Queensland. The level of the government subsidy varies depending on the demand for skilled workers in each industry. You will be required to contribute to the costs of your training through a co-contribution fee.
To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee you must meet the following criteria:
If you’re studying one of our degree programs you may be eligible for a government subsidy known as a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). The amount the government subsidises for you is not a loan, and you will not have to pay it back.
As a Commonwealth supported student, if eligible, the Australian Government will pay part of the fees for your degree directly to your education provider.
You will only need to pay the remainder of the fees known as the student contribution amount. You may also be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan to help you pay your student contribution amount.
To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, you must:
Achieve your career goals with the help of a $5,000 TAFE Queensland Scholarship. There are two types of scholarships available: merit or access and equity.Learn more
If you're not eligible for subsidised training you might still be able to access a payment plan and pay off your course fees bit by bit while you study.Learn more
If you're currently working or have experience in the Queensland building and construction industry, you may be able to study courses subsidised by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ). CSQ is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices, and career seekers in the building and construction industry.
CSQ funding is paid directly to TAFE Queensland. You will be required to contribute towards the remaining course fees. There are a range of different CSQ funding options available.
The CSQ Short Courses Program provides funding for a number of competencies and skill sets for existing workers wanting to update their skills and knowledge in specific areas.
CSQ Trade Start is a pre-employment program which introduces you to the building and construction industry. It will give you a better understanding of the work involved and help you find a trade you like. Trade Start is suited to people with no previous building or construction experience.
The CSQ Skills and Assessment Gap Training (SAGT) program provides pathways for eligible students with significant industry experience to have their existing skills recognised and receive the gap training required to achieve a nationally-recognised qualification.
The CSQ Higher Level Skills (HLS) program helps existing workers in the building and construction industry to gain new skills and knowledge to progress their career. Certificate IV and higher level vocational training qualifications are available under this program.
To support Queensland's Year 12 graduates to successfully transition to employment, the government is offering fee-free training in high priority qualifications. The training is available through a range of certificate III level vocational education and training (VET) courses as well as apprenticeships and traineeships. The full list of high priority qualifications is available on the Department of Education and Training website.
Year 12 fee-free training is available through two Queensland Government training investment programs: the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice. It is available to a select range of high priority qualifications that will develop the skills most needed by employers and the Queensland economy.
Under this initiative the Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training for eligible qualifications. This means eligible students will not be required to contribute to their training fees.
To be eligible to access fee-free training you must meet the following criteria:
The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible students to access subsidised training in priority skill sets and selected certificate IV or higher qualifications. Visit the Department of Education and Training website to see which qualifications and skill sets are subsidised under this program.
If your course is eligible, the Queensland Government will pay the subsidy directly to TAFE Queensland. The level of the government subsidy depends on the demand for workers in your chosen field. You will need to contribute to the cost of your training through a co-contribution fee.
To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy, you must meet the following criteria:
The User Choice 2017-20 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skills needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.
The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) for the delivery of accredited training to meet their specific needs.
Usually students are required to pay a co-contribution fee. In some cases though, an RTO may provide either a partial or full exemption for a student in respect to the co-contribution fee. School-based apprentices and traineers are not required to pay a co-contribution fee while they are still at school, but may be required to pay fees once their training contract has been converted to full time or part time post school.
To be eligible for a government contribution towards the costs of training, an apprentice or trainee must: