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Queensland government funding

By Michael Crump | 07 February 2017

The Queensland state government offers two major funding schemes for vocational education and training, Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills program. 

Subsidies are provided for select qualifications and priority areas of skills needed in the Queensland workforce. Subsidies provide as much as three quarters off course fees in some instances. 

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides Queenslanders with access to government subsidised training places, up to and including their first certificate III level qualification in priority training areas. To help students who may need to develop skills before undertaking a Certificate III course, the Certificate 3 Guarantee covers foundation skills training including language, literacy and numeracy as well as certificate I and II qualifications that lead to Certificate III iterations of qualifications. 

The Higher Level Skills program provides eligible students to subsidised training in selected certificate IV and higher qualifications that have been identified as priority areas. The aim is to assist students, and the broader Queensland workforce, to gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries and progress the output of Queensland workers. 


You are eligible for either scheme if you:

  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident, or NZ passport holder resident for more than 6 months;
  • Living or working in the QLD, and;
  • At least 15 years of age, and;
  • Not enrolled in or attending secondary school;
  • Other Eligibility criteria may apply

Some of the Upskilled courses that are eligible for subsidies include:

Find out now if you're eligible, here.

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