What is the Higher Level Skills Program?

Introduced by the Department of Education, Training and Employment, the Higher Level Skills Program provides eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place in selected Certificate IV level and above qualifications.

The aim of the Program is to help individuals gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry, or to transition to university to continue their studies.

It is also an opportunity for eligible employers to address workforce development needs that are adversely impacting on productivity, where individual employees meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

Government investment of this type is intended to benefit Queensland’s economic prosperity and support industry to boost productivity.

What courses are available under the Higher Level Skills program?

Am I eligible ?

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

  • be aged 15 years or above, and no longer at school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • be 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.

Specific restrictions may apply to participation in certain subsidised qualifications. Any additional eligibility requirements will be based on industry advice or requirements under the relevant national training package, and will be detailed in the Queensland Training Subsidies List.

Higher Level Skills Program Learner Fact Sheets

Important Information

Students need to be aware they will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Higher Level Skills program, once they complete a Certificate IV level or higher qualification


Co-contribution Fees

There is a mandatory co-contribution fee payable for this course, which may be paid by the learner or a third party on the learners behalf.

Please see Fees Page for details