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User Choice Funding

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A public funding contribution towards the cost of training

The User Choice 2017-20 program provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

The program aims to provide funding aligned to the skills needs of industry and respond to changing government priorities.

The three-year policy from 1 July 2017 recognises that employment-based training aligned to skills shortages is a critical priority for the Queensland Government.

How does the program work?

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred registered training organisation (RTO) from a list of pre-qualified suppliers for the delivery of nationally recognised, accredited training to meet their specific needs. The program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which apprentices and trainees (also known in some jurisdictions as “Australian Apprentices”) enter into legally binding training contracts with their employers and receive structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The Queensland Training Information Services (QTIS) website provides comprehensive information on all apprenticeships and traineeships that are approved in Queensland, including the priority level and government contribution.

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.

Usually students are required to pay a co-contribution fee. In some cases though, GCTC may provide either a partial or full exemption for a student in respect to the co-contribution fee. Apprentices and Trainees are not required to pay a co-contribution fee while they are still at school, but may (visit the Free Tafe for Year 12 graduates section of this website) be required to pay fees once their training contract has been converted to full-time or part-time post school. Details of our fees and charges policy, including full costs method of collection, refunds and exemptions are located on our website.

Student Co-Contribution fees vary dependant on elective subjects undertaken. We are required by Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) to charge $1.60 per nominal hour for every unit of competency.

Concessional exemption of fees (40% of the current rate – $0.64 per nominal hour) is available for:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students
  • students who are under 17 at the end of February in the year the training commences
  • students who hold a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card or who is a named dependent of a person who holds such a card

The nominal hours are determined by DESBT.

Based on our “preferred electives” our co-contribution fees under User Choice are approximately:

QualificationCo-contribution Fees
AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape ConstructionNon-Concession: $1,785.60
Concession: $714.24
CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/BlocklayingNon-Concession: $1,532.80
Concession: $613.12
CPC30211 Certificate III in CarpentryNon-Concession: $1,584.00
Concession: $633.60
CPC30313 Certificate III in ConcretingNon-Concession: $1,504.00
Concession: $601.60
CPC30611 Certificate III in Painting & DecoratingNon-Concession: $1,721.60
Concession: $688.64
CPC31211 Certificate III in Wall & Ceiling LiningNon-Concession: $1,187.20
Concession: $474.88
CPC31311 Certificate III in Wall & Floor tilingNon-Concession: $1,456.00
Concession: $582.40
CPC31411 Certificate III in Construction WaterproofingNon-Concession: $1,164.80
Concession: $465.92

Incentives, costs and other financial information

Further information pertaining to incentives, costs and other financial information for both Apprentices, Trainees and Employers please visit DESBT here.

Advise and support

Apprentices, trainees and employers can always seek advice and support. Simply click here.

Contact us to discuss your funding and payment plan options