​​​​​​​​​​​Funding announcements

21 October 2016: 2016-17 second round funding now closed
​19 July 2016: 2016-17 first round projects announced

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​​​​​​​​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.

Program overview

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.

Current projects

View the list of 2015-16 first round projects - Community Work Skills - community training (XLS, 80KB)

View the list of 2015-16 second round projects - Community Work Skills - community training (XLSX, 39KB)

View the list of 2016-17 first round projects - 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 
​(P​QS) status. More information is detailed in the Community Work Skills Guidelines for fun​ding 2016­-17 (PDF, 798KB).

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.

How to apply

Applications are accepted during two open funding rounds each year.

First and second rounds generally open February/March and August/September res​​pectively.

​To learn more about the application process and how to apply, go to the Skilling Queenslanders for Work applications page.​​

Program documents

Community Work Skills Guidelines for funding 2016-17 (PDF, 798KB)

Community Work Skills 2016-17 fact sheet (PDF, 260KB)

Sample Skilling Queenslanders for Work Services Agreement (PDF, 220KB)

Contact information

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 training@det.qld.gov.au.​

Related information

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Last updated
20 October 2016