Changes to User Choice
The Queensland Government has introduced changes to the User Choice program, effective 1 January 2017, to encourage participation in apprenticeships and traineeships.
Changes to key program documents are listed below.
User Choice 2016-17 Policy
Under Section 2.1.1 Prioritisation of funding, ‘existing workers’ as defined in the User Choice 2016-17 Policy now have greater access to subsidised training with the definition of an ‘existing worker’ updated to include:
- Existing workers with an active registration number commencement date or recommencement date from 1 January 2017 are eligible for funding when undertaking Priority One, Priority Two or Priority Three qualifications.
- Existing workers with an active registration number commencement date or recommencement date up to 31 December 2016, irrespective of whether they belong to a Priority Population Group, are eligible for funding only when undertaking Priority One qualifications.
This change is intended to promote apprenticeships and traineeships as effective workforce development strategies for industry and employers.
User Choice 2016-17 Qualification and Price List
User Choice prices represent the level of public funding the government contributes towards the total cost of training for apprentices and trainees.
An increase to subsidies offered for Priority Two and Priority Three User Choice qualifications has been applied to support changes in the User Choice 2016-17 Policy and to improve consistency across programs under the 2016-17 Annual VET Investment Plan.
Effective 1 January, new prices apply to all students enrolled in the applicable qualifications based on increased subsidy amounts:
- Priority Two — 87.5 per cent subsidised
- Priority Three — 75 percent subsidised.
Priority One qualifications remain fully subsidised (100 per cent).
Training organisations can access more information, latest documents and contact details from the User Choice webpages (training provider section) of the Training website.
Apprentices, trainees and employers should contact Apprenticeships Info — call 1800 210 210 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.