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QLD Govt. Funding Opportunities

If you are looking to gain a qualification, through classroom learning, on the job training or RPL the QLD Government provides a range of funding opportunities to assist with paying for selected qualification. Funding opportunities give eligible Queenslanders access to Government subsidises for training in priority training areas. The amount of subsidy provided by the Government will vary depending on the demand for skilled workers in a particular industry and the needs of the student.


How do I know if I’m eligible?

Eligibility for each course can differ slightly, select from the below options to determine if you are eligible for current funding schemes.


Fee Conditions

A $300 instalment of Contribution Fee will be invoiced upfront with the remaining balance being invoiced at 6 months payable by ETFPOS or Credit Card.



Priority Population groups are fee-exempt. This includes:

  • Individuals of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin,

  • Individuals from a non-English speaking background, and

  • Individuals with a disability, impairment or long-term condition. 

Certificate 3 Guarantee

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. Click here for more detail.

QLD Higher Level Skills Program

Under the Queensland Government’s new Higher Level Skills Programs, funding is now available to undertake the Certificate IV in Retail Management, Diploma of Retail Leadership or the Certificate IV in Community Pharmacy courses through fir. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available, up to 100%.

Many current Retail and Pharmacy Store Managers and Employees will be eligible.


To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee, a student must:

  • not hold a Certificate III or higher level qualification (This does not include qualifications undertaken while at secondary school),

  • be 15 years of age or older,

  • have finished secondary school or left school, and

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland.

  • Employment status does not matter and nor is there any minimum education requirement, only the standard entry requirements for the course of study.


To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills Program, a student must:

  • Be aged 15 years or over and not be at school

  • Permanently reside in QLD

  • Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen

  • Not hold a Certificate IV or higher level qualification, unless gained at school.


Co-contribution and Tuition fees invoiced before the commencement of training.  Payable by direct debit, EFTPOS, credit card or cheque.


Concessional rates (40%) available for 

  • students (or their partner or guardian) who hold a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students;

  • school students enrolled in a VETiS program;

  • students with a disability; or

  • students who are adult prisoners.

Certificate 3 Guarantee/Higher Level Skills Program

RPL Fee payable on commencement

User Choice (Traineeships)

Employer Contribution Fee payable at 6 months post commencement

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

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred training provider (registered training organisation or RTO) from a list of Skills Assure suppliers (SAS) for the delivery of accredited training to meet their specific needs. SAS are training providers who have a contract with the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training to deliver funded training.

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A traineeship is a structured and flexible learning pathway, made up of ‘on the job’ training in the workplace, and ‘off the job’ training with ARC.


Traineeships provide employees with an opportunity to increase skills and knowledge and upon successful completion, receive a Nationally Recognised Qualification.


A contract of training (known as a Training Agreement) is established between the employer and employee for a nominal period of time. Trainees receive regular contact from fir trainers either on-job, face to face visits, in workshops or live online.


Benefits for the business include:
  • Attract and retain quality employees to the business and be recognised as an employer of choice

  • Develop a more productive, efficient and motivated team, impacting on customer service, reputation, competitiveness and the bottom line

  • Cost effective solution for training staff to the business’ specific needs

  • Employer incentives available *criteria apply

Benefits for the student include:
  • Increased skills, knowledge, confidence and job satisfaction

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification upon successful completion of all units

  • Access to quality training and the opportunity to progress on a structured career path

  • Earn while learning 

  • Queensland government-funded user choice traineeships are available to part-time (15 hours +) or full-time employees and year 10-12 school students.

  • Eligibility criteria apply

  • School-based Traineeships are FEE FREE

  • FT/PT Traineeships attract a co-contribution and tuition fee


For more information, please contact ARC.

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