Community Work Skills
Community Work Skills is one of seven programs that form part of the Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. Through a suite of targeted skills and training programs, Skilling Queenslanders for Work aims to improve the skills, employment opportunities and social inclusion of disadvantaged Queenslanders.
Community Work Skills offers tailored assistance and integrated learner support to job seekers while they undertake a nationally recognised qualification, up to certificate III level.
In 2016-17, $15 million in funding will be available to community-based, not-for-profit organisations throughout Queensland.
View the list of 2015-16 first round projects -
View the list of 2015-16 second round projects - Community Work Skills - community training (XLSX, 39KB)
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Community Work Skills (XLSX, 37KB)
Recruitment to participate in Skilling Queenslanders for Work projects is managed locally by funded organisations. For more information on participation and eligibility for specific projects, individuals should contact the funded organisation.
Who does the program support?
Community Work Skills primarily targets Queensland residents who either:
- are ineligible for Australian Government employment services or assistance, or
- require complementary services because they have significant barriers to learning and employment, or
- have accessed Australian Government services for more than six months and remain unemployed.
What does the program fund?
Community Work Skills funds organisations to support disadvantaged job seekers to undertake formal training to gain nationally recognised skills and vocational qualifications.
The delivery of training and assessment services for community-based training projects are funded under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program.
The delivery of projects should be tailored to participants' circumstances.
Community Work Skills funds cover the tailored support that must accompany the delivery of training within a community-based setting and the student co-contribution fees.
Community Work Skills projects focus on the attainment of certificate III qualifications, however certain skill sets and lower level qualifications recognised as an appropriate entry level pathway in some industries may be funded.
Who can apply for funding?
Community-based not-for-profit organisations, registered for GST, are eligible for funding. The training and assessment services component of the funded project must be delivered by a registered training organisation (RTO) that has Queensland Government pre-qualified supplier
(PQS) status. More information is detailed in the .
Funding levels and conditions
Funding is available for a maximum 12 month term. The level of funding is dependent on the type of project and nature of the training and assistance to be provided, as well as the number of participants targeted by the project.
The application process
There are two regular funding rounds each financial year.
The first round of funding for 2016-17 closed on 7 April 2016. Information regarding the second round of funding for 2016-17 will be provided in mid-2016.
To apply for funding, go to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page.
Applications are assessed against set assessment criteria, including the applicant organisation's capacity to manage the proposed project, and the extent to which the project will service community and industry needs. Information on the assessment criteria is available in the
Applicant organisations are encouraged to contact their local DET regional office to discuss their project proposals.
Organisations should apply by the closing deadline. Incomplete applications and applications received after publishing closing dates will not be considered.
A separate application form is to be completed for each program and region that funding is being applied for.
One lead organisation is to apply for and manage the funding for each project.
Applications will be assessed by locally-based Regional Priority Jobs Committees, comprising of representatives from the community, industry, government and unions.
Community Work Skills fact sheet (PDF, 297KB)
Sample Skilling Queenslanders for Work Services Agreement (PDF, 220KB)
For general enquiries about Skilling Queenslanders for Work, complete an enquiry form or phone 1300 369 935.
Community-based organisations with specific enquiries about a Community Work Skills application should contact their local DET regional office or the Skilling Queenslanders for Work team at firstname.lastname@example.org.