With Queensland’s workforce projected to surpass 2.6 million by 2022, the Palaszczuk Government is focused on providing people with the right skills to drive a strong economic future with a focus on delivering jobs, supporting small business and an entrepreneurial culture. Building on the Skills and Industry Summit held in late 2018, the Budget outlines a number of programs and initiatives which support Queenslanders to be competitive and succeed in a modern and changing economy.

The Palaszczuk Government is continuing the successful Free TAFE initiative that is providing young Queenslanders with the opportunity to study in one of 160 high priority courses for free in the 12 months after they graduate high school.

The key funding programs designed to skill Queenslanders for the jobs of the future include:





User Choice – Apprentice and Trainee Training Subsidy

$199 Million

Subsidy which provides funding of between $1,150 and $50,720 to be used towards the costs of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.


Certificate III Guarantee  – Tuition Fee Subsidy

$193.7 Million

Helps eligible Queenslanders obtain their first post-school Certificate III qualification to gain a job or to improve their employment status.


Higher Level Skills – Tuition Fee Subsidy

$75 Million

Subsidises the cost of tuition fees paid by eligible students and employers undertaking a priority Certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma or industry endorsed skillset.


Micro-Credentialing Pilot

$5.5 Million over three years

Support for industry-led skills development designed to address emerging workforce skills requirements.

The pilot will match industry skill needs with focused training for employees, and include options to develop skills, skill sets or knowledge that is required by industry, professional associations, or the community.
The focused training will help businesses more easily adopt innovations and improve productivity whilst supporting lifelong learning for employees.

Higher Level Apprenticeship Pilot

$300,000 over two years

Will be established to provide opportunities to partner with industry to develop new pathways to layer specialised skills and knowledge with the traditional apprenticeship model.

Skilling Queenslanders for Work Program

$80 Million in 2019-20 as part of a $420 Million six-year commitment

The Program helps eligible Queenslanders to develop skills, gain qualifications and provides direct assistance to enter and stay in the workforce. The initiative offers several programs that deliver training to improve skills and employment opportunities for Queenslanders.


Upgrades and improvements in QLD’s training infrastructure.

$105.8 Million in 2019-20

Key projects include the upgrade of TAFE campuses at Mount Gravatt, Gold Coast, Pimlico in Townsville, Alexandra Hills and Toowoomba. These upgrades aim to deliver the best possible learning environment to support training providers, students and employers with high quality education and skills to meet industry needs.

Digital Engagement Strategy

$4.6 Million over five years

Improving online accessibility of vocational education and consumer training information for young people.

QLD Social Enterprise Strategy

$1 Million in 2019-20

Supporting the further development and growth of the social enterprise sector in Queensland to create jobs, support inclusive and diverse workforce participation and deliver social impact outcomes.

Link & Launch Initiative

$9.6 Million over four years from 2018-19

Helping disengaged year 12 school completers engage in education, training
or employment.

Regional Youth Engagement Hubs Program

$11.2 Million over four years

An expansion of the program to locate, case manage and re-engage early school leavers back into school and training.



$16.6 Million over four years from 2018-19

Support for schools to provide innovative learning spaces to retain students at risk of disengagement.


Please Note: This information is periodically updated, last edit being June 2019. As all programs have eligibility and incentive criteria requirements, please contact the relevant agencies to discuss your specific business needs. For more information, please contact QTA VET Consultant, Linda MacDonald linda@qta.com.au.