Apprentices are required to wear short-sleeved, cotton drill shirts with long pants, or overalls. Steel cap boots, safety glasses and hair protection are also required.

The dress standards listed represent the minimum standard to 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 also 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 resources

Apprentices will be required to bring with them: 

  • pens or pencils
  • a ruler
  • eraser
  • notebook
  • highlighters
  • a standard calculator

Apprentices travelling away from their hometown for training should also carry their Medicare and identification records with them in case of any unforeseen illness or injury occurring.

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.


It is requested that apprentices purchase a copy of the following text book/s, prior to the commencement of classes and training:

  • Automotive Mechanics - Volume 1 and 2, Eighth Edition, May and Crouse.

Please note that limited copies of recommended textbooks are available from campus libraries. Depending on the availability and demand for recommended texts borrowed books may need to be returned to the library prior to the completion of your block.


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 Manager – Vocational Training.

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 and you may also be charged a late fee if enrolment occurs after the training commences.

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, courthouse, 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 as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander will need to indicate their status at enrolment.

Payment options


Payment by EFTPOS and credit card can be made at Admissions at Rockhampton City, Rockhampton North, Yeppoon, Gladstone City, Gladstone Marina, Mackay City and Mackay Ooralea campuses. BPay will also be available soon.

By phone

Payment by credit card can be made through the CQUniversity Student Advice Team on 132 786 (please have your Enrolment Selection Form handy to quote the availability, name and unit details to the enrolment adviser).

Payment plans (Time to Pay)

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

To apply, you must submit a completed Payment Plan Application and Direct Debit Request.

  • Payment plans may be refused where inadequate identification is provided, the delegated officer determines an unsatisfactory credit history or payment terms on previous Payment Plan arrangements have not been met.
  • Your application will be assessed within 48 hours. You may contact Admissions two working days after you submit your application, in person or by telephone to check if your application has been approved and if your enrolment can be processed.
  • A minimum deposit of 20 per cent of the total cost of enrolment, whichever is greater, is payable at the time of enrolment.
  • The total of your payment plan must be completed at least 30 days prior to the end of the program for which it has been approved.
  • Cancellation of enrolment (withdrawing) does not necessarily cancel your obligation to make all payments under the payment plan. Unless you cancel your enrolment before courses commence you may still owe unpaid fees, regardless of whether you have actually attended courses.
  • If you do not meet your obligations you will be refused further Payment Plans. Overdue debts may be referred to a debt collection agency for recovery and this may result in you incurring extra costs.

Time to Pay will not be extended where:

  • VET FEE-HELP for the course in question is available.
  • The enrolment relates to an Adult and Community Education (ACE) course (short course).
  • Recovery action was/has been initiated on the previous payment plan.
  • The total fee payable is less than $75.
  • The student is under 18 years of age, unless a guarantor is agreed to by the University.

You may also elect to have your repayments made by Centrepay from your Centrelink payments or by Direct Debit. Please see below for details.

Direct Debit

You may wish to pay your fees via Direct Debit. To do this, you must:

  1. On enrolment submit a Payment Plan Application and a Direct Debit Request.
  2. CQUniversity will lodge your Direct Debit Request. The repayments will be deducted from your nominated account on the payment due date. If the due date for payment falls on a non-working day or a national public holiday, the payment will be processed on the next working day. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have sufficient funds in the nominated account on the due date.


If you wish to pay your fees directly from your Centrelink payments you must:

  1. Submit a Payment Plan Application, Centrepay and Direct Debit Request.
  2. CQUniversity will lodge your Centrepay Deduction form with Centrelink. You will receive a letter from Centrelink advising you when your repayments will commence.

Please be aware that any failure to make payment will result in the termination of the agreed payment plan, resulting in the full outstanding balance becoming immediately due and payable. Even if you withdraw from the program, you may still owe for unpaid fees if the courses have commenced regardless of whether you have actually attended these courses.

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.

How to apply

To apply for the subsidy,

  1. visit and
  2. 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
  • date of birth
  • 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.


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.


For more information regarding training and enrolment please phone the Central User Choice Unit on 1300 8855 355.