Eligible Queenslanders who do not have a post-school qualification higher than a Certificate II are now entitled to a government subsidy to complete their first Certificate III qualification. An initiative of the Queensland Government, the amount provided depends on the demand for skilled workers in each industry and your eligibility.
The program is open to any Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students) and is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and on the pathway to permanent residency. Prospective students must not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training).
The Queensland Government will fund 60% to 80% of course costs for a number of courses offered at TAFE Queensland South West. The amount of subsidy provided will depend upon the course chosen. Students who hold a health care or pensioner concession card will receive a higher subsidy. The remainder of the course cost must be met by the student. Eligible students may be able to access TAFE Queensland South West Payment Plans to assist with the remainder course costs.
To help students who may need to develop skills before undertaking a Certificate III course, Government subsidised funding will also be offered in language, literacy and numeracy programs as well as Certificate I and II qualifications that lead to a Certificate III outcome.