​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Skilling Queenslanders for Work for co​​mmuni​ty organisations

​Are you a Queensland-​​based community organisation that would like to deliver a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project?​

See below for information to help your organisation get started.

Funding is available to provide direct assistance to those Queenslanders that need support to gain the qualifications and skills needed to enter and stay in the workforce.

Community-based not-for-profit organisations ca​​n apply for funding to start projects in local communities across Queensland. Local councils and school Parents and Citizens' and Parents and Friends' associations are also able to apply for funding under some programs.

There are two regular funding rounds each financial year, taking applications for five of the initiative's seven programs.

The second round of funding for 2018-19 closed at 5pm (AEST) on Thursday 27 September 2018. The Department of Employment, Small Business and Training will cons​ider projects funded through this round for long-term contracts, provided they meet performance targets and demonstrate ongoing demand in an area with few other opportunities for clients. It will not be an automatic process or a widespread practice. Read the long-term contracts fact sheet (PDF, 624KB)​ for more information.

Refer to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page​ to learn how to apply.

Further application information, including program guidelines and fact sheets, is available from the specific Skilling Queenslanders for Work program pages listed below.

Information ​​ses​​sions and QC​​OSS webinars and workshops

During each round, departmental staff run information sessions across the state for interested organisations.

Webinars and face-to-face workshops are delivered in partnership with the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) to provide information and advice to help organisations develop applications that stand out.

To ​learn more, go to the information sessions, webinars and workshops page.


The Skilling Queenslanders for Work fact sheet (PDF, 545KB)​ provides an overview of the initiative.

The participant eligibility fact sheet (PDF, 631KB) explains who can be recruited onto Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects and common situations providers may need to respond to when assessing project applicants.

Application information, program funding guidelines, fact sheets and other supporting materials are available from the relevant program pages listed below.

Provi​​der kit

Information and resources for funded organisations are available in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work provider kit.​

There are seven programs that make up the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

Community Work Skills

Community Work Skills assists disadvantaged Queenslanders to gain nationally recognised skills and qualifications up to a certificate III level.

Work Skills Traineeships

Work Skills Traineeships funds paid work placements, for up to six months, on projects that benefit the boarder community while participants complete a Certificate I in Business, Conservation and Land Management, Construction, Hospitality or Retail Services.

Get Set for Work

Get Set for Work provides intensive employment and training assistance over a 12 month period to young, disengaged Queenslanders aged 15–19 years.

Ready for Work

Ready for Work assists young people aged 15–24 transition into the workforce by providing 6-8 week courses focused on job search assistance and training.

Youth Skills

Youth Skills provides nationally recognised training and employment support for 15–24 year olds who are engaged with Youth Justice Services or Queensland Corrective Services.

First Start

First Start provides wage subsidies to local councils and community-based organisations to employ additional trainees. The program offers opportunities to young people and disadvantaged job seekers to gain nationally recognised​ qualifications and 12 months employment by undertaking a traineeship. For more information on First Start, download the First Start Guidelines for funding 2018-19 (PDF, 1MB).

Work Start incentives

Work Start is an incentive program that rewards eligible private sector employers with one-off $10,000 payment, after a qualifying period, if they employ a Queenslander in a traineeship or apprenticeship who has previously participated in a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project. A Youth Boost component of $20,000 is available from 2018-19 onwards, if the eligible person is aged 15 to 24 years. The program is targeted at private sector employers not eligible for a Queensland Government Back to Work employer support payment. For more information on Work Start incentives, download the Work Start Guidelines for funding 2018–19 (PDF, 889KB) or the Work Start fact sheet (PDF, 468KB).

Latest n​​​​​ews

27 September 2018:​ 2018-19 second funding round closed.
18 July 2018: 2018–19​ first round projects announced​ - view funded project lists​.

​For general enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work, email training@det.qld.gov.au​​​​ or phone 1300 369 935.

Community-based organisations and other eligible organisations with specific enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work should contact their local DET regional office or email the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team via training@det.qld.gov.au​​​​.

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Last updated
07 December 2018