Eligible students may be able to access a range of independent and government funding to help subsidise the cost of your training.
JobTrainer funded courses will help provide skills that Queensland needs for effective recovery from the pandemic. Over 70 free or low cost courses are available*.Learn more
Free RPL is available across a range of industry areas including agriculture, tourism, community services, health, business and more, to support Queenslanders in the wake of COVID-19.Learn more
The Queensland Government is supporting young Queenslanders up to the age of 25 by providing access to fully subsidised training across a range of priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualifications.Learn more
To support Queensland's youth, the government is offering fee-free training in high priority qualifications.Learn more
TAFE Queensland’s micro-credentials are short, highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill, while skill sets are made up of one or more industry-recognised competencies.Learn more
Find out if you're eligible for government and independent funding to help reduce the cost of your training.
Find out how subsidies work and discover if you could be eligible for some of the most common subsidies currently available.
When your course is funded or subsidised, some or all of your course costs are covered by a third party, often the government. While you get to pay less, the cost of the course is still the same and you still receive the same quality training and education as any other student.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAFE Queensland, in conjunction with the Queensland Government, is offering a range of education and training to support individuals, and small, medium and large businesses
Micro-credentials are short, highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill. Our micro-credentials will help you improve your career prospects, maintain currency in your field, or allow you to try out something completely new.
Skill sets are a great way to quickly build on your existing skills or retrain in a new area without having to commit to a full qualification. Each skill set is made up of one or more industry-recognised competencies that provide you with the skills and knowledge that employers are looking for.
To be eligible to enrol in a FREE skill set you need to be:
If you meet the above criteria you are able to complete multiple skill sets, however you will only be able to enrol in one at a time.Learn more
To support Queensland's youth to successfully transition to employment, the government is offering fee-free training in high priority qualifications. The training is available through a range of certificate III level vocational education and training (VET) courses as well as apprenticeships and traineeships. View the courses offered by TAFE Queensland or the full list of high priority qualifications is available on the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website.
Free TAFE for under 25's is available through two Queensland Government training investment programs: the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice. It is available to a select range of high priority qualifications that will develop the skills most needed by employers and the Queensland economy.
Under this initiative the Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training for eligible qualifications. This means eligible students will not be required to contribute to their training fees.
To be eligible to access fee-free training you must meet the following criteria:
The Certificate 3 Guarantee helps support eligible students to complete their first post-school certificate III level qualification. You may be eligible to receive a subsidy towards one certificate III qualification from a list of subsidised courses. Visit the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website to see which qualifications and skill sets are subsidised under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.
If your course is eligible, the Queensland Government will pay the subsidy directly to TAFE Queensland. The level of the government subsidy varies depending on the demand for skilled workers in each industry. You will be required to contribute to the costs of your training through a co-contribution fee.
To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee you must meet the following criteria:
If you’re studying one of our degree programs you may be eligible for a government subsidy known as a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). The amount the government subsidises for you is not a loan, and you will not have to pay it back.
As a Commonwealth supported student, if eligible, the Australian Government will pay part of the fees for your degree directly to your education provider.
You will only need to pay the remainder of the fees known as the student contribution amount. You may also be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan to help you pay your student contribution amount.
To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, you must:
If you're currently working or have experience in the Queensland building and construction industry, you may be able to study courses subsidised by Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ). CSQ is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices, and career seekers in the building and construction industry.
TAFE Queensland is a proud recipient of Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) funding for a range of courses under five programs – Short Courses, Apprentice Advance Plus, Small Business Program, Skills Assessment and Gap Training, and Higher Level Skills programs.
The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible students to access subsidised training in priority skill sets and selected certificate IV or higher qualifications. Visit the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website to see which qualifications and skill sets are subsidised under this program.
If your course is eligible, the Queensland Government will pay the subsidy directly to TAFE Queensland. The level of the government subsidy depends on the demand for workers in your chosen field. You will need to contribute to the cost of your training through a co-contribution fee.
To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy, you must meet the following criteria:
Other restrictions may apply to some programs, so check the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website.
The Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program aims to assess the skills of experienced individuals who can demonstrate substantial competency in a priority trade qualification.
The TSAGT program's principal aims are to minimise current and potential trade skills shortages, address emerging trade skills needs in the economy or in communities, and support individual career advancement within industries and enable individuals to attain a qualification in a priority trade area.
The User Choice program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skills needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.
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.
Usually students are required to pay a co-contribution fee. In some cases though, an RTO may provide either a partial or full exemption for a student in respect to the co-contribution fee. School-based apprentices and traineers are not required to pay a co-contribution fee while they are still at school, but may be required to pay fees once their training contract has been converted to full time or part time post school.
To be eligible for a government contribution towards the costs of training, an apprentice or trainee must:
Skills Boost will provide a second training subsidy for people wanting to update their skills to go further in their current job or pursue a different career.
Achieve your career goals with the help of a $5,000 TAFE Queensland Scholarship. There are two types of scholarships available: merit or access and equity.Learn more
If you're not eligible for subsidised training you might still be able to access a payment plan and pay off your course fees bit by bit while you study.Learn more