Apply now to start in October
With JobTrainer funding expiring at the end of 2022, now is your last chance to access this funding and get qualified for little or no cost. Choose from more than 20 courses across a range of study areas including business, community services, health, and trades.
Our JobTrainer courses are offered in high-growth areas, so you can be sure you’ll graduate with in-demand skills that employers want now. Plus with our new October intake, eligible students can start studying sooner – helping you get ahead of the pack while keeping some change in your pocket.
The JobTrainer program is jointly funded by the Australian Government and Queensland Government, with training proudly delivered by TAFE Queensland.
JobTrainer funded courses
To be eligible for JobTrainer funding you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- permanently reside in Queensland; and
- be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or New Zealand citizen; and
- have finished school or no longer be at school (including home schooled); and
- not be enrolled in training (includes vocational education and training (VET) and higher education courses); and
- any previously completed qualifications were not funded as part of this program (under the JobTrainer Fund); and
- either be a job seeker OR school leaver/young person as defined below:
- Job seeker means an individual aged 15 years or older who, as at the course commencement date, is:
- out of work; OR
- in receipt of income support payments.
- School leaver or young person means an individual who is aged 16 to 24 years as at course commencement date, regardless of employment status.
As part of your application, you will be asked for evidence of the above.
From 1 October 2021 prospective students are eligible to enrol in an aged care, childcare, disability care or digital skills qualification, regardless of age or employment status.
In order to qualify for JobTrainer funding, you must commence your study by end of 2022 and complete your qualification by June 2023. The courses included on this page can be feasibly completed within this timeframe.
JobTrainer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
JobTrainer is an initiative of the Australian Government and is part of the government’s economic response to COVID-19.
There are two main components of JobTrainer: 1) subsided training (which you will find on this page) 2) an apprenticeship and traineeship wage subsidy. The Australian Government has partnered with the Queensland Government to deliver the JobTrainer subsidised training initiative in Queensland. TAFE Queensland will provide training to eligible Queenslanders, supporting them to gain new skills to help Queensland recover.
JobTrainer is about supporting Queenslanders who find themselves unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. JobTrainer funding for training is administered by the Queensland Government directly to TAFE Queensland. TAFE Queensland will apply this funding to the courses on this page. If you meet the eligibility criteria and you enrol in one of the approved courses, your course will either be provided to you at no cost, or at a low cost.
Courses supported by JobTrainer will either be offered to you fee-free or at a low cost—considerably lower than usual.
There are a range of programs that have been subsidised by the Queensland Government. If you are not eligible for the JobTrainer courses you may be eligible for one of these.
‘Free’ means there are no tuition fees for the course—this is because the JobTrainer Fund is providing a subsidy to TAFE Queensland on behalf of Queenslanders. It means you receive high quality training from industry experienced and award winning teachers at no cost.
You can use JobTrainer once for a full qualification. You may be able to access the funding for multiple short courses.
If you are eligible to use JobTrainer and choose to use it now, you may be eligible to use other government funding to subsidise the cost of training if you decide to study another qualification at a higher level.
If you are not eligible for JobTrainer funding, you might be eligible for other subsidies through TAFE Queensland. There are also other programs available to study, more information below:
Our short courses are designed to give you an introduction into a new area without the time and cost of a formal or full qualification.
Quickly and easily develop the skills you need to launch, progress or pivot your career with an industry-recognised micro-credential. These courses are all offered online and delivered to a scheduled timetable.
These programs have been developed for the hospitality industry, and beauty, nail, tanning, spas and tattooing sectors. COVID Safe training modules are 30-minute online courses for workers in businesses that are required to have a COVID Safe plan. These courses are fully funded by the Queensland Government.