​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Higher Level Skills

The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access subsidised training in selected certificate IV or above qualifications, and priority skill sets.

The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university to continue their studies. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs.

What training is ​​available?​

Subsidies are provided for a select number of certificate IV, diploma and advanced diploma qualifications, and priority skill sets critical to productivity within the workplace.

To view the subsidised qualifications and skill sets, visit the Priority Skills List.

How does the progra​m work?

The list of registered training organisations (RTOs) approved to deliver each subsidised qualification or skill set is published on the Queensland Skills Gateway.

Individuals and employers are free to choose their preferred RTO from this list. The subsidy is paid directly to the RTO as training is delivered and reported to the department.

How can RTOs particip​ate?

RTOs must be pre-approved by the department as a pre-qualified supplier (PQS) to deliver training and assessment services. Read more on becoming a PQS.

What level of subsidy is​ available?

Training in vocational areas that align with critical industry skills needs and government priorities will receive a higher government subsidy.

A higher subsidy will also be paid to support participation by concessional students, such as disadvantaged learners, and those undertaking training in identified country and remote locations.

The full list of subsidy levels for qualifications and skills sets available under the Higher Level Skills program are listed in the Priority Skills List.

Does the individual nee​​​d to contribute to the cost of training?

Individuals undertaking training must contribute to their training costs through a 'co-contribution fee'. While the amount of the fee is determined by the PQS, it is expected the co-contribution fee will be greater for higher level training given the increased benefits that accrue to individuals and industry.

The fee may be paid on behalf of the individual by an employer or another third party unrelated to the PQS, but cannot be paid or waived by the PQS, unless approved by the department.

What outcomes​​ are expected?

PQS will be measured on successful training completions and whether the training resulted in an employment benefit such as securing a job or career advancement, or transition to university for further education.

Individuals and employers will need access to a range of information to ensure they make an informed choice about a s​ubsidised training place. To support this, PQS must meet a number of performance standards if they wish to participate and maintain their PQS status for the program. Refer to the PQS Policy and PQS Agreement for more information.

Program documents

Policy documents

1. Higher Level Skills Program Policy 201819 (PDF, 243 KB) or (DOCX, 257 KB)  effective 1 July 2018 
2. Pre-qualified Supplier Policy 201819 (PDF, 366 KB) or (DOCX,​ 303​ KB)  effective 1 July 2018​ ​

Program fact sheets

3. Higher Level Skills RTO fact sheet (PDF, 157 KB) or (DOCX, 282 KB) 
4. Higher Level Skills employer fact sheet (PDF​, 268 KB) or (DOCX, 280 KB) 
5. Higher Level Skills student fact sheet (PDF, 255 KB) or (DOCX, 242 KB)

PQS fact sheets

6. Pre-qualified supplier marketing and disclosure directives fact sheet (PDF, 165 ​KB) or (DOCX, 162 KB)  effective 1 July 2018 
7. Pre-qualified supplier subcontracting arrangements fact sheet (PDF, 359​ KB)
8. Student training and employment survey fact sheet (PDF, 176 KB) or (DO​CX, 338 KB)
9. Student training and employment survey response template (XLSX, 126 KB)

Other PQS documents

10. VET Investment Programs  Pre-qualified supplier audit evidence requirements (v5.1, Aug 2018​) (PDF, 856 KB)  effective 6 August 2018​ 
11. Adding skills sets to a PQS application or agreement fact sheet (PDF, 194 KB) or (DOCX, 420 KB)
12. Industry proposal - Funding submission for apprenticeships, traineeships and other qualifications (DOCX, 284 KB)

Historical program documents

Access historical Higher Level Skills program documents​​.

Related inf​ormation

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Last updated
16 October 2018