Funding and pricing
The User Choice price represents the level of public funding the government contributes towards the total cost of training for apprentices and trainees. Other contributions by industry, employers, apprentices and trainees may be required.
User Choice 2016-17 qualification and price list (XLS, 145KB) - effective 1 July 2016.
The User Choice 2016-17 qualifications and prices are also available on the
Queensland Training Information Service.
Not all apprenticeships and traineeships attract government funding. The funding priority will determine the level of public funds contributed to training regardless of whether the qualification is an apprenticeship or traineeship.
Historical price lists
- User Choice 2015-16 qualification and price list (XLS, 60KB)
- User Choice 2014-15 qualification and price list (XLS, 120KB)
- User Choice 2012-13 User Choice price list (XLS, 158KB)
Funding priority levels
The funding priorities under the User Choice 2016-17 program are:
- Priority One (100 percent subsidised) Priority One qualifications are those which lead to occupations deemed to be critical priorities in Queensland.
- Priority Two (75 percent subsidised) Priority Two qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as high priorities.
- Priority Three (50 percent subsidised) Priority Three qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as medium priorities.
The User Choice funding priorities are determined from national and state data in conjunction with industry input, and are reviewed annually.
Industry stakeholders that are seeking to set or review a priority level for a declared apprenticeship or traineeship should complete an
Industry proposal - Funding submission apprenticeships, traineeships, and other qualifications (DOC, 871KB).
Priority Population Groups
Priority Population Groups (PPG) are those declared on the national Apprenticeship/Traineeship Contract, such as individuals of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, individuals from a non-English speaking background and individuals with a disability, impairment or long term condition.
Individuals identified as belonging to a PPG undertaking a Priority Two or Priority Three qualification will receive 100 per cent of the government contribution.
School-based apprentices and trainees
School-based apprentices and trainees receive funding aligned to the priority level of the qualification.
Year 12 graduates
Year 12 graduates are able to access fee-free training in high priority areas through the User Choice program. Fee-free training applies to
high priority qualifcations (PDF, 117KB). Read more about
fee-free training for Year 12 graduates including participant eligibility.
Existing workers, irrespective of whether they belong to Priority Population Groups, are eligible for funding only when undertaking Priority One qualifications.
Training delivered in country, remote, Cape York and Torres Strait regions of the state will attract a location loading in addition to the government contribution. A full list of locations and the relevant loadings is available on the
User Choice documents page.
To be eligible to claim the Cape York and Torres Strait loadings, training and assessment services must not only be delivered in the Cape York or Torres Strait region, but be provided to participants that reside in the Cape York or Torres Strait region - as encapsulated by the 4871, 4873, 4874, 4875, 4876 and 4895 postcodes areas only.
Some qualifications, such as those considered as thin markets, are managed under special arrangements by the department. Only registered training organisations who hold pre-qualified supplier status and are specifically authorised by the department can deliver publicly funded training for these qualifications. The User Choice qualification and price list (linked above) identifies the qualifications which are restricted.
Read more about restricted qualifications and applying to deliver restricted qualifications.
Below are current notices from the department about certain qualifications and related funding conditions.
Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training
The Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training program aims to assess the skills of experienced individuals who can demonstrate substantial competency in a priority trade qualification and provide gap training of no more than one-third of the competencies to complete the trade qualification.
DET approved User Choice pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) are eligible to apply for funding. The PQS must have industry and employer support for the program and demonstrate the capacity to manage the provision of technical training based on industry specific standards to enter the relevant trade occupation.
Further details about 2016-17 funding arrangements will be published online and communicated to stakeholders by the department when finalised.
Find out more about Trade Skills Assessment and Gap Training.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy funding
Limited funding is available from the department for Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support for eligible apprentices and trainees. Funding will be provided under a separate agreement to the approved registered training organisations.
Approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy RTOs must provide Language, Literacy and Numeracy services to any eligible apprentice or trainee registered on the department's DELTA system, excluding school-based apprentices and trainees. The relevant secondary schooling sector will provide Language, Literacy and Numeracy support. In the case of school-based apprentices and trainees, contact should be made with the relevant secondary school.
The approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy suppliers are listed below:
- TAFE Queensland North
- TAFE Queensland East Coast
- Blue Dog Training Pty Ltd
- TAFE Queensland Gold Coast
- Construction Skills Training Centre
- TAFE Queensland Brisbane
- TAFE Queensland South West
- CQ University Australia.
Enterprise-specific Registered Training Organisations (ESRTOs) and National Registered Training Organisations (NRTOs)
Under the User Choice 2006-10 program, organisations referred to as Enterprise-specific registered training organisations (ESRTOs) and national registered training organisations (NRTOs), received a different level of funding than other RTOs. The department removed ESRTO and NRTO status under the 2010-16 and 2016-17 programs. All training organisations now have the same classification and if approved to be a pre-qualified supplier must be available to deliver training to all apprentices and trainees not just their own employees.