Government funding for vocational and TAFE courses in QLD
In Queensland, there are seven different government funding schemes. For jobseekers, young people, and people looking to study high-priority qualifications in areas of skills needs, JobTrainer offers complete subsidies for fee-free training. Skills Checkpoint offers specialised coaching, counselling, and financially subsidised training to assist older workers in retraining or upskilling.
Free apprenticeships for under 25s and User Choice support apprenticeships and traineeships, while the Certificate 3 Guarantee, Higher Level Skills and free TAFE for under 25s cover vocational education and training.
Funded courses may be provided by both TAFE and authorised Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Upon enrolment, the government pays the training provider the course fee. Depending on the course and provider, students may still be required to pay for certain amenities and services, as well as textbooks and other study materials.
Funding for vocational education and training is available for accredited short courses (also known as skill sets) and nationally recognised qualifications, starting with foundation skills training, through to certificate III qualifications up to advanced diplomas.
Funded qualifications are available in various fields, including information technology, healthcare, and community services. Depending on the course, both in-person and online learning are available.
Funding programs generally require you to be a Queensland resident and be one of the following:
• Australian citizen
• Australian permanent resident
• New Zealand citizen
• Eligible visa holder
The page for each funding scheme includes a list of the additional requirements for each programme. Contact a provider about a course to verify your eligibility.
Popular Government Funded Courses in Queensland
Certificate IV in Mental Health (QLD & SA Only)
Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping (QLD Only)
Diploma of Payroll Services (QLD Only)
Certificate III in Business (QLD Only)
Government Funding Schemes in Queensland
JobTrainer provides fully subsidised training courses in industries with high skills demand and employment growth, and for school leavers, young people and job seekers.Learn More
Skills Checkpoint is a government program that supports Australians over 40 in retraining and upskilling so they can enhance their current careers or find new jobs.Learn More
User Choice is a government funding program that helps Australian Apprentices by contributing to the cost of training and assessment services.Learn More
Certificate 3 Guarantee
The Certificate 3 Guarantee program could help pay for your first certificate III level qualification.Learn More
Free TAFE for under 25s
All under 25s in Queensland can access training for 26 priority certificate III qualifications for free, opening up new and exciting opportunities for young people in the area.Learn More
Free apprenticeships for under 25s
Free Apprenticeships for Under 25s is a program set up by the Queensland Government to give training to young people in high priority areas.Learn More
Higher Level Skills
The higher level skills program aims to equip Queenslanders with the necessary abilities to find work in priority industries or to move on towards a university education.Learn More