User Choice Traineeship Program

The amount of funding and training available under User Choice is different in each State and Territory, with each State and Territory having different priority areas to direct their User Choice funds.

User Choice is a national policy whereby State and Territory Governments fund RTOs to provide structured training to Australian Apprentices (Trainees). These funds reduce the cost of the training that an Australian Trainee or the employer will have to pay under an Australian Traineeship.

Central Outback Training is approved as a pre-qualified supplier to deliver funded traineeships in Western Australia, Queensland and Northern Territory to eligible employees.


Each state or territory has their own funding guidelines, generally an employee must be a new worker (within 3 months of employment)

  • be signed up under a training contract that has been registered with the relevant state/territory training authority by an Australian Apprenticeship Centre (AAC)
  • be undertaking paid work and structured training
  • undertaking a negotiated training plan that involves obtaining a nationally recognised qualification
  • have not received User Choice funding for the exact same qualification

Trainees may be eligible for the living away from home allowance (LAFHA) this can be discussed at enrolment.

Student Contribution Fees

These are a compulsory contribution towards publicly funded training and are set by each state or territory. These fees may be paid for by the Employer or a third party.

Employer Incentive Program

There are several incentives currently available to eligible employers of Australian Trainees. Each
incentive payment has several eligibility criteria that will be assessed by the Australian
Apprenticeship Support Network Providers (AASN).

  • Commencement incentives – $1,500 Certificate III and IV Qualifications Only
  • Completion Incentives – $2,500 Certificate III and IV Qualifications Only
  • Declared Drought Area – Commencement – $1,500 Certificate II Qualifications Only, Completion – $1,500 Certificate II Qualifications Only
  • Rural and Regional Skills Shortage Incentive – $1,000 Certificate III Qualification Only

More detailed information is available in the Summary of the Australian Government Australian
Apprenticeships Incentives Programme information sheets.

Student Co-Contributions Fees

The below table shows the amounts charged per state as per our contracted responsibilities. Please note, there are no extra enrolment fees other than listed below.

Current CourseStudent Contribution Fee (calculated per nominal hour)Student Contribution Fee (calculated per nominal hour)
Non ConcessionalConcessional
Western Australia – 2018 User Choice Program
AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture
AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations
AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture
Queensland – 2017 -2020 User Choice Program
AHC30116 Certificate III in Agriculture
Northern Territory – 2018 User Choice Program
AHC32816 Certificate III in Rural Operations
AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture