Higher Level Skills program - for students

The Higher Level Skills program aim is to help individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university.

Under the program your vocational education and training course fees will be subsidised to help make training more affordable and accessible for you.

You can complete a:

  • certificate IV
  • diploma
  • advanced diploma
  • priority skills set.

Information for registered training organisations about the Higher Level Skills program is available.

What training is available?

There are over 60 different qualifications you can enrol in through the Higher Level Skills program. These qualifications are aligned to jobs and occupations in around 20 different industry sectors. To find out more on the qualifications available visit the Queensland Skills Gateway.

There is also a network of government approved training providers that you can choose from to do your course. The number of training providers available varies from courses to course.

All government approved training providers are listed on the Queensland Skills Gateway and come up in the training provider search as ‘Funded’.

To receive your subsidy you will need to ensure that the training provider you select is a pre-qualified supplier. Contact your preferred training provider to see if they are a pre-qualified supplier.

Approved training providers are called pre-qualified suppliers by the government.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident
  • be 15 years old or over
  • live in Queensland and have left school
  • not already have or be enrolled in a certificate IV level or higher qualification.

How much will you pay?

The government will pay a portion of the training costs for your course directly to your chosen training provider up to a set amount.

You will be required to pay a co-contribution fee to the registered training organisation you choose for your course. The fees may vary between training providers so it pays to shop around.

The fee may be paid on your behalf by your employer or another third party, such as your parents, but cannot be paid by the training provider you select.

Accessing VET FEE-HELP

You may be eligible to access VET Student Loans to cover all or part of your contribution when accessing approved diploma or advanced diploma qualifications as well as a small number of Certificate IV qualifications.

You need to enrol with a VET Student Loan approved course provider to access this assistance.

How do I start training?

Step 1—choose your qualification

You can only access the subsidy once, so it’s important you choose the right qualification for you.

Get tips and advice to help you choose the right qualification.

The full list of subsidised qualifications is available on the Queensland Skills Gateway.

Step 2—find a training course

Once you’ve decided on a qualification, use the Queensland Skills Gateway to find an approved preferred training provider who is delivering the course for that qualification.

Step 3—enrol

Contact your preferred registered training organisation to enrol in a course.

More information

Visit the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training's Training website.

Contact us

For training information phone 1300 369 935 or email

For apprenticeships and traineeships information phone 1800 210 210 or email

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