Higher Level Skills
The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access subsidised training in selected certificate IV and above qualifications, or 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. 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
Queensland Training Subsidies List.
How does the program 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 participate?
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 skilling 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 remote locations.
The full list of subsidy levels for qualifications and skills sets available under the Higher Level Skills program are listed in the
Queensland Training Subsidies List.
Does the individual need 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, but cannot be paid or waived by the PQS, unless approved by the department.
Eligible individuals may also have the option of accessing the Australian Government's VET Student Loans program to help cover fee costs.
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 subsidised 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.
1. Higher Level Skills Program Policy 2016-17 (PDF, 359KB or
DOCX, 751KB) - effective 1 January 2017
Pre-qualified Supplier Policy 2016-17 (PDF, 602KB or DOCX, 233KB) - effective 1 January 2017
Program fact sheets
3. Higher Level Skills RTO fact sheet (PDF, 197KB or
4. Higher Level Skills employer fact sheet (PDF, 287KB or
5. Higher Level Skills student fact sheet (PDF, 288KB or
PQS fact sheets
Pre-qualified supplier marketing and disclosure directives fact sheet (PDF, 305KB or DOCX, 434KB) - effective 1 July 2016
Student training and employment survey fact sheet (PDF, 323KB or DOCX, 430KB)
Student training and employment survey response template (XLSX, 64KB)
Other PQS documents
9. Certificate 3 Guarantee and other associated programs - Audit evidence guide (V3 Feb 2017) (PDF, 866KB) - effective 6 February 2017
10. Adding skills sets to a PQS application or agreement fact sheet (PDF, 194KB or
11. Industry proposal - Funding submission apprenticeships, traineeships and other qualifications (DOCX, 743KB)
Historical program documents
Access historical Higher Level Skills program documents.