Higher Level Skills

What is “Higher Level Skills?”

The Higher Level Skills program aims to assist Queenslanders to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries, or to transition to university.

The Higher Level Skills program subsidises your vocational education and training (VET) course fees. This means that instead of paying the full costs of a training course, you will pay a reduced amount, making training more affordable and accessible.

To view the Higher Level Skills Student Fact Sheet, please click here.

Please note: As a condition of your enrolment into a Higher Level Skills program, you will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing your training.


Are you eligible?

To be eligible to enrol under Higher Level Skills, prospective students must:

  • be aged 15 years or older;
  • be no longer at school;
  • permanently reside in Queensland;
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
  • not hold, and not be enrolled in, a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.

In addition to the standard eligibility requirements, specific restrictions and/or exemptions may apply to participation in certain subsidised qualifications. Any additional eligibility requirements will be based on industry advice or requirements under the relevant national training package and will be detailed in the Priority Skills List.

How much will you pay?

The Queensland government will subsidise a portion of the training costs for your chosen qualification available under the Higher Level Skills program. However, a contribution to the cost of training and assessment services – called a co-contribution fee – must be made by students enrolling into this program. This fee may be paid on your behalf by a third party (e.g. your employer).

It is important to note that eligible candidates are only entitled to access Higher Level Skills funding to complete one Certificate IV or higher-level qualification.


Qualification Higher Level Skills Co-Contribution Fees
Non-Concessional Fee Concessional Fee

Non-Concessional Fee

Per Unit

Concessional Unit Fee

Per Unit

CHC43015 Certificate IV Ageing Support $300.00 $200.00 $16.67 $11.12


How do you qualify for Concessional Fees?

Concessional student status applies when:

  • the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card;
  • the student is able to provide an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, their partner or the person of whom the student is a dependant is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
  • the student identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  • the student has a disability; or
  • the student is an adult prisoner.

For Challenge Employment and Training to verify your concessional status, you must provide evidence of any of the above criteria that applies to you at the time of enrolment.

Please click here to access our Student Handbook for further information regarding student fees and our Refund Policy.

Should you have any further enquiries regarding enrolling with us under the Higher Level Skills program, please contact us today on (07) 3282 8000.

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