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Higher Level Skills (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, you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or an Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with an eligible visa subclass
  • be 15 years old or over
  • live in Queensland and have left school
  • not already have, or be enrolled in a certificate IV level or higher qualification, not including qualifications completed at secondary school.

Course specific additional eligibility

  • BSB42518 – Certificate IV in New Small Business. Students must be the owner, manager or employee of a small business in Queensland.
  • CHC42015 – Certificate IV in Community Services. Students must be an existing worker in the Community Services industry, which includes parents and unpaid carers of NDIS participants.
  • CHC43115 – Certificate IV in Disability. Student must already hold the Certificate III in Individual Support (or superseded qualification) and be an Existing Worker in the Disability industry sector, which includes parents and unpaid carers of NDIS participants.
  • HLT40113 – Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care. Student must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • HLT40213 - Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice. Student must identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • SIT40516 - Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery. Students must be an existing worker in the Tourism and Hospitality industry and must already hold a trade qualification (Certificate III) in the Tourism and Hospitality industry.
  • CHC52015 – Diploma of Community Services. Students must be an existing worker in the Community Services industry, which includes parents and unpaid carers of NDIS participants to receive subsidy.

For more information, check out the Higher Level Skills (HLS) Fact Sheet or visit the Queensland Government Department of Employment, Small Business and Training website, or call 13 27 86.

High Level Courses

The following list outlines all courses that may be subsidised.

If you have any questions, please call us on 13 27 86. You can also ask a question via eform.

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