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Higher Level Skills Program


The Queensland Government is making funding available to eligible Queenslander’s to help individuals gain the higher-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry or transition to university to continue their studies.To assist the Queensland Government in assessing the impact the initiative is having on Queenslanders, it is a requirement that students respond to a survey within three months of completion of the qualification or withdrawal from the program.

To be able to access this funding, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged 15 years or above and no longer enrolled at school
  • Permanently reside in Queensland
  • Satisfy one of the following:
    • Australian citizen
    • New Zealand citizen
    • Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants)
    • Temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
  • Not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate IV or higher-level qualification. Note that this does not include qualifications completed at school or foundation skills training.

Available qualifications and fees:

The table below shows the qualifications available under this program, and the co-contribution fee for each course. The co-contribution fee must be paid by the student or a third party, and students may be eligible for the concessional fee if they meet the criteria below.

Code Description Full Fee Concessional Fee
FNS40215 Certificate IV in Bookkeeping $143.00 $26.00

*Student must be the owner, manager or employee of a Queensland Small Business (19 or fewer employees)

Eligibility criteria for concessional co-contribution fee:

  • Student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card, or is the partner or dependent of such a person, and is named on their card
  • Student is eligible under Commonwealth law for concessions under a Health Care or Pension Concession Card, or is the partner or dependent of such a person
  • Student is Aboriginal or Torre Strait Islander
  • Student has a disability
  • Student is an adult prisoner

Please note that the co-contribution fee will reduce proportionately for any units of competency a student has already completed with another training provider (credit transfer).

Once a student has completed a Higher Level Skills-funded qualification, they will no longer be eligible for funding under this program.

Further information:

The Queensland Government has published a Fact Sheet on the Higher Level Skills Program, which is available on their website at