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Subsidised training
 
 

Eligible students may be able to access a range of independent and government funding to help subsidise the cost of your training.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

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.

 

Certificate 3 guarantee explained

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.

 

Certificate 3 Guarantee eligibility

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee you must meet the following criteria:

  • not hold or be currently enrolled in a certificate III or higher level qualification (does not include qualifications completed in secondary school)
  • be 15 years or older
  • have completed or left secondary school
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Queensland, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland

 

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Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

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.

 

CSP explained

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.

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CSP eligibility

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or the holder of a permanent visa
  • meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements
  • be enrolled in each unit at your university by the census date
  • read the relevant edition of the HECS-HELP and Commonwealth supported places information booklet
  • submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form to by the census date (or earlier administrative date); and
  • finalise your payment arrangements for your student contributions with by the census date.

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Scholarships

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.

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Payment plans

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.

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Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) funding

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 explained

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.

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Short courses

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.

View general short courses View civil short courses 

 

Trade start

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.

View trade start construction courses View trade start civil construction courses 

 

Skills and assessment gap training

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.

View SAGT general courses View SAGT civil courses 

 

Higher level skills

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.

View CSQ HLS general courses View CSQ HLS civil courses

 

Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

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.

 

Fee-free training explained

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.

 

Fee-free training eligibility

To be eligible to access fee-free training you must meet the following criteria:

  • you must have completed year 12 in Queensland
  • you must hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Studies Authority or the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent
  • you must enrol in your chosen course by the end of the calendar year following your completion of year 12 (e.g. if you graduated in 2017, you must enrol before the end of 2018)
  • you must live permanently in Queensland.

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HIGHER LEVEL SKILLS (HLS)

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.

 

HLS explained

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.

 

HLS eligibility

To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy, you must meet the following criteria:

  • not hold or be currently enrolled in a certificate IV or higher level qualification (does not include qualifications completed in secondary school)
  • be 15 years or older
  • have completed or left secondary school
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Queensland, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland.

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USER CHOICE

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.

 

User choice explained

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.

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User choice eligibility

To be eligible for a government contribution towards the costs of training, an apprentice or trainee must:

  • have entered into a training contract for a qualification that is funded by the Department of Education and Training (DET)
  • be registered in DET's registration system DELTA
  • the contract commencement date or recommencement date must be on or after 1 July 2010
  • the training provider selected to deliver the training must hold a pre-qualified supplier (PQS) status for the nominated qualification

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