Queensland

Queensland

User Choice Program

The User Choice 2016-17 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

How does the program work?

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.

The program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which apprentices and trainees (also known in some jurisdictions as "Australian Apprentices") enter into legally binding training contracts with their employers and receive structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

Visit the User Choice page for more information.

The following courses are funded by the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training under User Choice:

Course CodeQualificationEnrolment Type Average Nominal HoursNon-concession Co-Contribution FeeConcession Co-Contribution Fee
AHC20416Certificate II in HorticultureTraineeship 465$744.00$297.60
BSB30115Certificate III in BusinessTraineeship 470$807.00$355.80
BSB30415Certificate III in Business AdministrationTraineeship 525$840.00$336.00
BSB30915Certificate III in Business Administration (Education)Traineeship 515$824.00$329.60
FDF20111Certificate II in Food ProcessingTraineeship 450$720.00$288.00
TLI31616Certificate III in Warehousing OperationsTraineeship 595$952.00$380.80
The average co-contribution fee is calculated at $1.60 per nominal hour of each agreed unit of competency on the approved Training Plan, and is subjected to change in line with Queensland Government Department of Education and Training. Newskills invoices participants on the completion of each unit of competency, monthly.

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.

It also supports Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.

Certificate 3 Guarantee student fact sheet

The following courses are funded by the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training under Certificate 3 Guarantee:

Course CodeQualification Total UnitsNon-concession Co-Contribution FeeConcession Co-Contribution Fee
AHC30716Certificate III in Horticulture16$16.00$16.00
BSB30115Certificate III in Business12$1,580.00$1,040.00
BSB30415Certificate III in Business Administration13$1,580.00$1,040.00
FDF30111Certificate III in Food Processing17$541.00$17.00
MSM30116Certificate III in Process Manufacturing21$104.00$21.00
SIR30216Certificate III in Retail Operations13$1,898.00$1,464.00
TLI31616Certificate III in Warehousing Operations19$2,178.00$1,959.00
If the co-contribution is less than $600, Newskills invoice the employer the whole fee upfront. If the co-contribution is more than $600, Newskills invoice half of the total contribution at enrolment and then invoice for approximately 2 units per month until total contribution is reached. Newskills must wait until payment in full has been received from the employer before reporting the fee amount to the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training. Students will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Certificate 3 Guarantee once they complete a certificate III level qualification.

Higher Level Skills Program

The Higher Level Skills program supports the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training's Working Queensland jobs plan. The program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access one subsidised training place in selected certificate IV and above qualifications, or priority skill sets.

The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs.

Higher Level Skills Program Employer Fact Sheet

Higher Level Skills Program Student Fact Sheet

The following course is funded by the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training under the Higher Level Skills Program:

Course CodeQualification Total UnitsNon-concession Co-Contribution FeeConcession Co-Contribution Fee
TLI41816Certificate IV in Warehousing Operations21$2,267.00$1,938.00
If the co-contribution is less than $600, Newskills invoice the employer the whole fee upfront. If the co-contribution is more than $600, Newskills invoice half of the total contribution at enrolment and then invoice for approximately 2 units per month until total contribution is reached. Newskills must wait until payment in full has been received from the employer before reporting the fee amount to the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training. Students will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Higher Level Skills Program once they complete a Certificate IV level or a higher qualification.

Student Employment Survey

Students must be aware that, when accessing a Queensland Government Department of Education and Training subsidised training place, it is a requirement that they must complete a student training and employment survey within three months of completing or discontinuing the qualification or skill set.