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What is the Higher Level Skills program?

The Higher Level Skills program is a Queensland Government subsidy program that aims to assist individuals to gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry, or to transition to university to further their studies.

Students pay a co-contribution fee as specified by the training organisation, and the rest of the tuition fee is covered by the subsidy program.

Students can only access this subsidy once so they should be aware that they will no longer be eligible for a government-subsidised training place under a program once they complete the qualification level targeted through the program.

Qualifications include:

Who is eligible?

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

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident, or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and on the pathway to permanent residency
  • live in Queensland and have left school
  • not already have or be enrolled in a certificate IV level or higher qualification
  • be 15 years old or over.

Fees

Co-contribution fees and unit costs for all Queensland Government subsidised qualifications available through Churchill Education are here, or check the relevant qualification information.

Concessional Rate eligibility:

To be eligible for the concessional rate for the Higher Level Skills program, students must provide one of the following:

  • evidence the student holds a health care card or pensioner card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a health care card or pensioner concession card, and is named on that card, or
  • evidence the student holds an official form under Commonwealth law that the student, his or her partner or the person on whom the student is dependant, is entitled to concessions under a health care card or pensioner concession card, or
  • evidence the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person; self-declaration on the enrolment form, by the student, will suffice, or
  • evidence the student has disability – pensioner concession card or other documentation verifying the holder has disability, or
  • evidence the student is an adult prisoner – formal signed confirmation from the place of incarceration.

For further information, please read the Higher Level Skills Student Fact Sheet and the Student Training and Employment Survey Fact Sheet or see the Department of Education and Training at training.qld.gov.au