All apprentices are required to adhere to standard safety dress standards when attending their blocks. This attire includes:

  • Long-sleeved cotton drill shirts
  • Cotton drill trousers or cotton drill shorts with work socks
  • Steel cap shoes or boots
  • Clear safety glasses (AS/NZS 1137 indoor (IO) glasses
  • Hair protection

Failure wot wear correct safety clothing will result in the refusal to enter workshops.

The dress standards listed represent the minimum standard which will provide adequate protection against certain hazards in the working environment. In addition to these standards regulations 61 - 71 of the Workplace Health and Safety Act, in part VII, "Personal Protective Clothing and Equipment" apply.

Jewellery and watches shall be removed during practical work in metal machining, or while undertaking any activity which may result in injury as a result of jewellery becoming caught or entangled.

All safety shoes shall conform to AS 2210 (all safety footwear shall incorporate protective steel toecaps complying with the relevant requirements of this standard). Protective shoes shall have covered uppers and non-slip soles for the working environment.

Sunscreen shall be used to provide protection for exposed skin in outdoor activities.

Clothing worn by persons who may come in contact with fire, heat and molten metal shall be manufactured from a fire-resistant material such as 100% cotton drill.

Equipment And Resource Material

Apprentices are required to bring along the following equipment to their blocks:

  • Notebook or notepad
  • Coloured pencils
  • Pencils and pens
  • Ruler
  • Eraser
  • Scientific Calculator (Casio FX-82AU)
  • Electrical meters
  • Small tool kit


Textbook used as a reference guide only.

  • Automotive Air-conditioning Australia and New Zealand 3rd Edition by Jeff Green and Roger Green; and
  • Todays Technician Auto Elect / Electron, By Hollembeak.

Copies of recommended textbooks are available from the library depending on availability. Borrowed books must be returned prior to completion of block.

Personal Protective Equipment

Eye protection in the form of safety spectacles or safety clip-ons (if you wear non-safety prescription spectacles) is to be provided by each apprentice. It must carry the Australian Standards Approval for the Code AS1337 "Industrial Eye Protection". If there is any doubt you will be required to obtain a pair that does comply with code.

If wearing prescription spectacles then safety clip-ons must be worn, unless the lenses are industrially hardened or made of CR39. Your optometrist will be able to advise you on this. However, if there is doubt then you will be required to obtain and wear a pair of safety clip-ons.

Hair protection shall be worn, when working around moving machinery and/or when a designated area is in operation. The hair protection should be in form of a peak cap especially designed for industrial use. It should also come with a snood capable of fully containing the hair. A cap of fire resistant material shall be worn when working in the various welding areas. You will be responsible for providing this protection.

Ear protection will be provided by the campus. If you wish to purchase your own, please ensure that it carries the Australian Standard Approval.

Codes And Standards

Due the changing nature of Australian Standards and reference material, you will be advised of the necessary books required for each stream at the commencement of your common stream TAFE block.

For any enquires regarding Australian Standard requirements please contact the University to be put in touch with a member of the teaching staff.


Use of mobile and electrical devices

Please be aware that the use of mobile phones, iPods, MP3 players and other electrical devices is not permitted in the classroom at any time. The only exception is if a student has sought special permission from the teacher prior to class due to an emergency situation. The use of a mobile phone as a calculator is also not acceptable.

This regulation has been implemented by all teaching staff and management of CQUniversity. The directive is in line with industry standards and clause 8.15 Student Responsibilities and Obligations in the CQUniversity Student Rules Policy (TAFE). Regulations will be monitored by teaching staff.

Signs have been posted in all classrooms and workshops to remind students of this regulation. Any student failing to abide by this directive will be referred to the Head of Course.

Conditions and behaviour while on campus

Conditions and behaviour in campus workplaces are governed by the Workplace Health and Safety Act 2011 and the provisions of this Act will be strictly applied.

Section 28 of this Act states: While at work, a worker must—

  • Take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety; and
  • Take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons; and
  • Comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that is given by the person conducting the business or undertaking to allow the person to comply with this Act; and
  • Co-operate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the person conducting the business or undertaking.

Enrolment And Payment Information

Students paying their own fees

The Student Contribution Fee is $1.60 per nominal hour of each Competency Unit (see your Training Plan for hours associated to each unit).

It is the responsibility of the apprentice to enrol and pay their enrolment fees prior to attending training at CQUniversity. You may not be able to access your exams and assessments if you are not enrolled.

Employers paying fees

If the employer has previously agreed to pay your fees and has provided us with an Authority to Invoice we will enrol you prior to the commencement of training and invoice your employer (except for students under the CSQ Reimbursement programs).

To set up an employer pays agreement an Authority to Invoice is required. Completed forms should be returned to

Concession Price Eligibility

To be eligible to pay the concession price you must be in one of the following circumstances and provide the necessary documentation at time of enrolment/payment:

  1. Apprentices who are less than 17 years of age at the end of February, of the year of study and have not completed Year 12. You will need to present your birth certificate or proof of age card. An extract or a copy of either of these that has been signed by a Justice of the Peace (JP) is also acceptable. To locate a JP ask at the campus, any police station, court house, school, bank or solicitor's office.
  2. Apprentices who are holders of Health Care Card/Health Benefits Card. You will need to present your card, or a copy that has been signed by a JP.
  3. Students who identify Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander will need to indicate their status at enrolment.

Payment Options


Credit card payments can be made online through MyCQU. Sign in with your Student ID and password, visit your Profile in the top corner and then select the Finances tab. This will display your student account for the term as well as options to make a payment.

BPAY - Please refer to your Fee Notice for the applicable biller code and reference number. Please ensure these details are from your current Fee Notice as they are specific to a term. Payments of $10.00 or less cannot be made using BPay.

Australia Post POSTbillpay - Please refer to your Fee Notice for the applicable biller code and reference number. Please ensure these details are from your current Fee Notice as they are specific to a term. Payments of $10.00 or less cannot be made using BPay.  Please refer to your Fee Notice for the applicable billpay code and reference number. Please ensure these details are from your current Fee Notice as they are specific to a term.

In Person

Payment by EFTPOS and credit card (excluding Diners Card) can be made at any of the cashier's offices at Mackay City,  Rockhampton City, and Rockhampton North Campuses.

By Phone

CQUniversity will be able to accept your payment over the phone by calling 13 27 86. Payments can only be made over the phone between the hours of 9:00 am - 4:00 pm AEST.

Payment plans

As a student, you may be eligible to pay your course fees and charges in instalments through a Payment Plan.

For further information, on how to apply for a Payment Plan please email the Student Engagement Team –

Travel And Accommodation Information And Claim Process

The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training provide a travel and accommodation subsidy to eligible apprentices and trainees to subsidise their expenses if they have to travel more than 100 kilometres return, to attend their closest training organisation. To apply for the subsidy, visit and click on “Apply for travel and/or accommodation subsidies” in the 'Quick links – I want to…' section. If you apply online you can submit your claims prior to the end of your training block while still at college. To apply online you will need to enter your surname, first name and date of birth, and your 9-digit training contract registration number.  This number is found on your training plan and training notices.

You can also submit a hard copy ATF-022 Travel and accommodation claim form but payment will be processed faster if the application is received electronically. If you choose to submit a hardcopy form you will need to have your teacher sign off on the document on the last day of your block and will also need administration at your local campus to stamp and approve. Forms can then be emailed to

For more information about subsidies, visit or telephone Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

CQUniversity Student Residences

Staying on campus at the Student Residence will assist significantly with your cost of living as you will not bear the costs that go with a rental property such as electricity and a bond.

You will also be able to access Broadband internet facilities in your room for no additional cost.

For more information, visit our CQUniversityStudent Residences page.

Useful Links

CQUniversity Student Rules Policy (TAFE)
CQUniversity Rockhampton City Campus Map
CQUniversity Mackay City Campus Map
CQUniversity Mackay Ooralea Campus Map (inc. Trades Training Centre)
CQUniversity Gladstone City Campus Map
CQUniversity Emerald Campus Map
CQUniversity Student Handbook

For more information regarding training and enrolment please phone the 13 27 86.