​​​​​Higher Level Skills

What is the Higher Level Skills Program?

The Higher Level Skills Program aims to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry, or to transition to university.

Read the Higher Level Skills student fact sheet (PDF, 288KB or DOCX,​​ 420KB) for an overview of the program.

Are you eligible to participate?

The program is open to any Queensland resident aged 15 years or over, who is no longer at school and is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency. Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate IV or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training).

How can you participate in the program?

Access to subsidised training under the Higher Level Skills program is limited, so it is important that you take the time to carefully consider your training options and compare different providers and their fees before committing to a course of study.

The Queensland Skills Gateway displays the courses available under the Higher Level Skills Program and will also provide information about what they cover, the careers they can lead to and the training providers approved to deliver them. For information on choosing a training provider, read our training consumer tips.

What level of subsidy is available?

The investment priority or importance of the training influences the size of the government subsidy. Training in vocational areas that aligns with critical industry skill needs and government priorities will receive a higher government subsidy.

A higher subsidy will also be paid to support participation by disadvantaged learners (concessional students). More information on concessional student status is detailed in the Higher Level Skills Program Policy.

Do I need to contribute to the cost of training?

Given the increased benefits that you can gain from higher level training, you are expected to contribute to the cost of your training through a student co-contribution fee, payable to the training provider.

The amount of fees varies depending upon the course you undertake and the training provider you choose.

The fee may be paid on your behalf by an employer or a third party but cannot be paid or waived by the PQS.

Accessing VET Student Loans

You may be eligible to access the VET Student Loans program to cover all or part of your co-contribution fee when accessing subsidised training for a diploma or advanced diploma qualification.

In order to access the VET Student Loans program, you will need to ensure the training provider you enrol with is approved under the VET Student Loans program. VET Student Loans approved training providers can help to organise the loan.

More information

Visit the Higher Levels Skills page in the For training providers section of this website to access key documents, including the program guidelines.

Read the Higher Level Skills student fact sheet (PDF, 288KB or DOCX,​​ 420KB)​ for an overview of the program.

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Last updated
11 January 2017