QAT is a Skill Assure provider approved by the Queensland Government to deliver publicly Government Funded training and assessment. Eligible students can access a range of government-funded courses. The Queensland Government invests in training based on industry advice to provide Queenslanders with the skills they need to gain meaningful and sustainable employment through the pre-approved training provider of their choice. Government funding is directed to minimize skills shortages, focus on training for jobs that are in demand in our critical industries, and increase the number of Queenslanders with formal post-school qualifications.

What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee? 

The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a government subsidy to allow eligible Queenslanders to obtain their first post-school certificate III level qualification.

Are you eligible to participate?

  1. You must be a Queensland resident and be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students).
  2. You must be Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
  3. You must not hold, or be enrolled in, a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training).

What can I study Government funded Certificate 3 Guarantee programs with QAT?

  1. BSB30120 Certificate III in Business
  2. SIT30622 Certificate III in Hospitality
  3. CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Do you need to contribute to the cost of training?

Given the benefits that training provides to individuals, students undertaking certificate III level training and non-concessional students undertaking lower -level vocational training are required to contribute to the costs of their training through a co-contribution fee. Please refer to the table in the bottom of this page for more details.

What is the Higher Level Skills program?

The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy in selected certificate IV or above qualifications and priority skill sets to help individuals gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry.

Are you eligible to participate?

  1. You must be a Queensland resident and be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school.
  2. You must be Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
  3. You must not hold, or be enrolled in, a certificate IV level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training).
  4. You must not be enrolled in another qualification, not including foundation skills training.

What can I study Government funded Higher Level Skills programs with QAT?

  1. SIT40422 Certificate IV in Hospitality
  2. SIT50422 Diploma of Hospitality Management
  3. CHC50121 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Do you need to contribute to the cost of training?

Given the increased benefits that you can gain from higher-level training, you are required to contribute to the cost of your training through a co-contribution fee. Please refer to the table in the bottom of this page for more details.

What is VETiS?

Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) is a program that enables students to gain nationally recognised qualifications while at school. Students learn skills and knowledge required for specific industries. VETiS can be undertaken in years 10, 11 and 12, and can count towards the Queensland Certificate of Education. VET can also be undertaken while a young person is still enrolled at school through a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship (SAT). Students who complete a VETiS qualification at school, even at certificate III or higher, are still eligible to access further Queensland Government subsidised training post-school, such as Fee-Free TAFE and Certificate 3 Guarantee.

Are you eligible to participate?

  1. You must be a Queensland resident and be enrolled in secondary school, in Year 10, 11 or 12.
  2. You must be Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
  3. You have not hold, or be enrolled in a VETiS qualification listed on the Priority Skills list at the time of enrolment with QAT.

What can I study Government funded Higher Level Skills programs with QAT?

  1. SIT20322 Certificate II in Hospitality.

Do you need to contribute to the cost of training?

VETiS funded by the VET investment budget is fee-free for students. Subsidies paid to QAT for VETiS delivery are detailed in the Priority Skills List. The subsidy for each VETiS qualification should cover the costs associated with participating in the training. In some instances however, there may be a shortfall between the subsidy level and the fees charged by QAT. This is known as the co-contribution fee. This fee must be paid by the school to QAT. QAT is to disclose any fees upfront and clearly publish them on our website. This allows schools and students to be informed of all training costs and able to compare co-contribution fees across different training companies.

What is User Choice?

The User Choice program provides public funding for the delivery of accredited, entry level training to apprentices and trainees. Queenslanders, up to the age of 25, may be eligible to undertake high priority apprenticeship and traineeship qualification for free. School-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SATs) are also available in many occupations in Queensland. A SAT is undertaken as part of the high school studies, combining school, employment and training.

Which apprenticeships and traineeships are funded under User Choice?

Not all apprenticeships and traineeships attract government funding. The funding priority will determine the level of public funds contributed to training regardless of whether the qualification is an apprenticeship or traineeship. Refer to the User Choice funding and pricing page for more information.

Am I eligible for a funded place in the User Choice program?

To be eligible for a government contribution towards the costs of training, an apprentice or trainee must have entered into a training contract for a qualification that is funded by the department and be registered in the department’s registration system DELTA. The contract commencement date or recommencement date must be on or after 1 July 2010, and the training provider selected to deliver the training must hold a SAS status for the nominated qualification. The government contribution for a User Choice funding contribution is detailed in the apprentice or trainee’s letter of registration from the department, and is subject to student eligibility and their selection of an eligible SAS to deliver their training.

Are there any rules I should be aware of in relation to funding?

Apprentices and trainees can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time, i.e. a student is not funded to undertake two apprenticeships or traineeships at the same time. In addition, apprentices and trainees, including SATs, can only receive a maximum of two government funding contributions under the current User Choice program. There are other rules specifically related to funding for SATs, so students and their parents/guardians should discuss their intentions with their school’s vocational education and training coordinator prior to signing up as a SAT. Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers are another good source of information.

What can I study Government funded User Choice programs with QAT?

  1. SIT30622 Certificate III in Hospitality
  2. BSB30120 Certificate III in Business
  3. CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
  4. CHC50121 Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Will I be expected to pay fees and charges to my training provider?

Usually students are required to pay a co-contribution fee. In some cases though, QAT may provide either a partial or full exemption for a student in respect to the co-contribution fee. SATs 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.

Prior to enrolment, QAT will provide details on all fees and charges, including full costs, method of collection, refunds and exemptions.