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Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates

Fee-free training is available to Year 12 graduates in high priority vocational qualifications, apprenticeships and traineeships.

High priority qualifications provide training in the skills employers and industry need most.

To find out more on the courses available visit the Queensland Skills Gateway.


You can access fee-free training if you:

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification
  • enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training, with an approved training provider in a high priority qualification by the end of the calendar year following completion of Year 12 
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

What training is available?

You can choose from over 100 qualifications. These qualifications align to jobs and occupations in more than 30 different industry sectors.

Qualifications that offer fee-free training are listed on the Queensland Skills Gateway.

Who are the approved training providers?

To receive the subsidy make sure your training provider is a pre-qualified supplier (a government-approved training provider).

You can check this by finding a provider on the Queensland Skills Gateway:

  • enter the provider’s name or location
  • click ‘Find a training provider’.
  • view the search results at the bottom of the page—if they are an approved provider, they will be listed as ‘Funded’.

How much will I have to pay?

You won’t have to pay any tuition fees but you may have to cover other costs associated with your training (e.g. textbooks).

How do I start training?

You can only access the subsidy once, and it may mean you cannot receive further training subsidies from the Queensland Government, so it’s important you choose the right qualification for you.

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

For vocational qualifications

To access fee-free training for Year 12 graduates you need to:

  1. select a qualification using the Queensland Skills Gateway
  2. choose a training provider using the 'Year 12 fee-free' refined search filter on the Queensland Skills Gateway (click on 'View Providers' in the course search results to view a list of providers that offer the course)

For apprenticeships and traineeships

Follow these steps to getting started, if you want to begin a high priority qualification through an apprenticeship or traineeship.

More information

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

Frequently asked questions about the subsidy are also available.

Contact us

For training information phone 1300 369 935 or email

For apprenticeships and traineeships information phone 1800 210 210 or email

Related links

Career advice

If you need help choosing a career you can talk to your school’s guidance counsellor or find out more about career advice and planning.

Still in school?

You can get started on an apprenticeship or traineeship before you finish high school. Find out how to become a school-based apprentice or trainee.

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Last updated
05 March 2018
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