QLD Higher Level Skills Program

The Higher-Level Skills program aims to assist individuals gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry or transition to university to continue their studies.

How can you participate in the program?

You can only access the Higher-Level Skills program subsidy once, so it is important that you take the time to carefully consider your training options and compare different providers and their fees before committing to a course of study.

Who is eligible to receive training?

To be eligible for the Higher-Level Skills program, individuals must:

  • be aged 15 years or over and no longer at school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • 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 a New Zealand citizen
  • not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training
  • you must be an existing worker in the industry to be eligible to enrol

Do I 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, payable to the training provider. This non-refundable fee may be paid on your behalf by an employer or another third party but cannot be paid or waived by the training provider or any organisation related to the training provider.

Concessional Student status applies when:

  • the student holds a Health Care concession card or Pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a health care concession card or pensioner concession card, and is named on the card
  • the student provides the PQS with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, his or her partner, or the person of whom the student is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a health care or pensioner concession card
  • the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • the student is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program (may include youth in detention)
  • the student has a disability
  • the student is an adult prisoner.

The Queensland Skills Gateway displays the courses available under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and provides information about what they cover, the careers they can lead to, and the training providers approved to deliver them – visit www.training.qld.gov.au/skillsgateway

For more information and access to the student fact sheet. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact our office on 0427 230 763.

Central Outback Training offers the following qualification

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
AHC40116 Certificate IV in Agriculture$100.00$50.00