Subsidised Training

The Queensland government will offset the cost of study for people who do not currently have a qualification. If you are eligible for a subsidy, you will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs known as the ‘student co-contribution fee”.

CQU Vocational Education Price List

Certificate 3 Guarantee

CQUniversity encourages prospective students to take advantage of the Certificate 3 Guarantee to gain a subsidised qualification that is both nationally recognised and quality assured.

What is the Certificate 3 Guarantee?

Part of the Queensland Government's Great Skills, Real Opportunities action plan, the guarantee gives working-age Queenslanders access to their first Certificate 3 qualification through a subsidy that reduces the cost of the course. This subsidy gives working-age Queenslanders who don't hold a formal qualification a chance to develop their skills and improve their employment prospects.

A Certificate 3 is the first level of post-school qualification shown to have a significant impact on a person's employment and earnings. It is also the level of qualification usually required to get a job in the emerging industries of aged care, child care, hospitality and small business.

Eligibility Requirements

You can receive a subsidy towards one Certificate 3 qualification from a list of eligible courses.

To be eligible for the Certificate 3 Guarantee a student you must meet the following criteria:

  • not hold or be currently undertaking a Certificate 3 or higher level qualification (this does not include Certificate 3 qualifications undertaken while at secondary school)
  • be 15 years of age or older
  • have finished secondary school or are no longer at school
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland.

For more information about eligibility, check the Certificate 3 Guarantee Student Fact Sheet or contact 13 27 86.

How can the Certificate 3 Guarantee Help?

The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidises course costs for Certificate 3 courses and supporting programs. Subsidy amounts depend upon the chosen course and other factors including possession of a health care or pensioner concession card.

To help students who may need to develop skills before undertaking a Certificate 3 course, the Certificate 3 Guarantee also covers study in language, literacy and numeracy programs as well as lower certificate qualifications that lead to a Certificate 3.

Students who hold a health care or pension concession card or identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander will receive a higher subsidy.

For more information please visit the Queensland Government Department of Training and Employment website.

Fee-free training for year 12 graduates

If you are a Queensland resident and have graduated Year 12 with a Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), and are keen to start your studies within the next calendar year, you may be eligible to study at CQUniversity fee free in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs.

The Queensland government has identified a number of industries with a high demand for trained workers. To help fill these gaps, they will pay the full cost of a number of Certificate 3 qualifications in high-priority study areas under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs. We want school leavers to gain the important skills and training they need before starting their university studies or careers - debt-free.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for fee-free training:

  • You must have completed year 12 in Queensland
  • You must hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Studies Authority or the Queensland
  • Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent
  • You must enrol in your chosen course by the end of the calendar year following your completion of year 12 (e.g. if you graduated in 2014, you must enrol before the end of 2015)
  • You must Live permanently in Queensland.

For more information, check out the Queensland Government Department of Training and Employment website, or call 13 27 86.

Fully Subsidised Courses

Higher Level Subsidy (HLS)

This is a Queensland Government initiative that will offset the cost of a Certificate IV or higher course so that Queenslanders can gain advanced skills to secure employment or further their careers.

This subsidy is available to any Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa.

Students will need to co-contribute to the payment of the course. The level of the government subsidy depends on the demand for workers in your chosen field.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the HLS, you must meet the following criteria:

  • not hold or be currently enrolled in a certificate IV or higher level qualification (does not include qualifications completed in secondary school)
  • be 15 years or older
  • have completed or left secondary school
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident residing in Queensland, or New Zealand citizen permanently residing in Queensland.

For more information, check out the Queensland Government Department of Training and Employment website, or call 13 27 86.

Government concessions

If you're eligible for a concession price on a course, you can make big savings on your education and training.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • have, or be listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card
  • hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card
  • if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • if you have a disability.

You also need to:

  • be 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • live in Queensland full time
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits.

Proof of eligibility
Proof of eligibility may be requested to support your concession status, such as:

  • proof of I.D. (e.g. birth certificate, student ID with photo, passport, driver's license)
  • advice from Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) that Abstudy has been approved
  • a declaration from the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community group or from TAFE Queensland Brisbane's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander officer.

For more information, please call our friendly Student Advice Team on 13 27 86.

Student Fact Sheets

Higher Level Subsidy Fact Sheet

Student Employment Survey Fact Sheet

Year 12 Graduates Fee-free Training Fact Sheet

Certificate 3 Guarantee Fact Sheet