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 will generally be required.
User Choice qualification and price list (XLS, 145KB).
The User Choice 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 2016–17 qualification and price list (effective 1 January - 30 June 2017) (XLSX, 58KB)
- User Choice 2016–17 qualification and price list (effective 1 July - 31 December 2016) (XLSX, 62KB)
- 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 2017–20 program are:
- Priority One (100 percent subsidised) qualifications are those which lead to occupations deemed to be critical priorities in Queensland.
- Priority Two (87.5 percent subsidised) qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as high priorities.
- Priority Three (75 percent subsidised) 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 funding, or review of a priority level, for a declared apprenticeship or traineeship should complete an
Industry proposal - Funding submission apprenticeships, traineeships, and other qualifications (DOCX, 743KB).
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. Read more about
fee-free training for Year 12 graduates including participant eligibility and high priority qualifications.
Existing workers with an active registration number commencement date or recommencement date from 1 January 2017 are eligible for funding when undertaking Priority One, Priority Two or Priority Three qualifications.
Existing workers with an active registration number commencement date or recommencement date up to 31 December 2016, irrespective of whether they belong to a PPG, 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.
Below are current notices from the department about certain qualifications and related funding conditions.
Please note: the following qualifications are now restricted, which means that no registered training organisation seeking pre-qualified supplier (PQS) status in Queensland can apply to deliver these qualifications in Queensland, and existing PQS are unable to have these qualifications added to their schedule for delivery in Queensland. These qualifications are:
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
CPC30313 Certificate III in Concreting
RII20715 Certificate II in Civil Construction
RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations
RII31615 Certificate III in Trenchless Technology
RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Bridge Construction and Maintenance)
RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Pipe Layer)
RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Construction and Maintenance)
RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Road Marking)
RII30915 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Traffic Management)
SIT40413/SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
TLI31210/TLI31216 Certificate III in Driving Operations
UEG30114 Certificate III in Gas Supply Industry Operations.
Market Performance Review
The Queensland VET Quality Framework identifies five key measures to support quality and confidence in Queensland's publicly funded VET sector including Performance and Oversight. This measure relates to the department's ongoing role in monitoring the effectiveness of government investment in meeting Queensland's industry skills needs. As part of this role, the department has commenced a Market Performance Review project which will focus on specific industry areas relating to restricted qualifications.
For more information about the review and the qualifications to be targeted, read the 2017–18 Annual VET Investment Plan Market Performance Review summary (PDF, 185KB).
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 40 per cent of the funded competencies to complete the trade qualification.
Department approved User Choice pre-qualified suppliers (PQS) with (1) an eligible scope of registration and (2) links to employers willing to upskill employees or employ graduates on completion of the program, are eligible to apply for funding.
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 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. In the case of school-based apprentices and trainees, contact should be made with the relevant secondary school, as the school is responsible for providing LLN support.
The approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy suppliers are listed below:
- TAFE Queensland
- Blue Dog Training Pty Ltd.
Enterprise-specific Registered Training Organisations (ESRTOs) and National Registered Training Organisations (NRTOs)
Under the User Choice 2006–2010 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 2010–2016, 2016–2017 and 2017–20 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.