Training: Understanding Funding and Eligibility

At Simmonds & Bristow we understand that government funding impacts what you and/or your employer must pay when it comes to training – and we know how important that is. We also know that figuring out what the various funding options are and whether you are eligible can be very confusing.

Please see below for further information regarding funding options.

Where does the funding come from?

Funding for training can come from a variety of sources, including both the state and federal level government departments as well as private industry organisations. It is important to keep in mind, that the exact funding scheme available changes from time to time and that not everyone qualifies for government funding.

Each state sets their own state level funding scheme and the rules can be very different from one to another.

Industry organisations, like LGAQ, or the QLD Water Directorate may also have some funding available to support industry specific training.

How does this impact our industry?

We’re actually very lucky in that Water Operators and Water Operations are recognised as highly needed skills in the Queensland economy. That means our industry is well supported by most of the major funding schemes in Queensland.

What are the current funding schemes?

In general, who is considered an eligible learner?

Incentives and funding opportunities are generally restricted to Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents or NZ Passport holders (for Queensland state government funding you must also permanently reside in Queensland). Beyond this, eligibility requirements differ between schemes, with varying degrees of detail and complexity.

What is location loading?

Sometimes, if training is provided in a particular location, the government provides additional funding.

Let’s take a look at the current funding schemes.

The summaries below are current as of April 2022. Please keep in mind that funding policies undergo regular reviews and updates. So please contact us if you are unsure of the current policy. And don’t forget – we don’t expect you to go it alone. You can call us any time.

User Choice – QLD

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for User Choice funding you must:

  • Be an apprentice or a trainee
  • Enter into a training contract for a qualification that is funded by DET and is registered in DET’s registration system DELTA.
  • Have a training provider, who holds a pre-qualified supplier status for the nominated qualification.
  • Not hold or be currently enrolled in a Certificate III or higher-level qualification (Certificate III qualifications completed at school or Pre 1995 do not apply).
  • Be 15 years or older.
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen, or a permanent Visa holder, resident in Queensland.

What is funded and what is the funding subsidy amount

CODE
QUALIFICATION
NON-CONCESSIONAL Students Funding
NWP20119
Certificate II in Water Industry Operations$3790
NWP30219Certificate III in Water Industry Operations$6850

Co-contribution Fee & other possible costs

  • $1.60 per nominal hour + Any difference between the entitled subsidies and our standard course price

Further Information:

Queensland Certificate 3* Guarantee

  • The Certificate 3 Guarantee program provides eligible Queenslanders access to government subsidised training. This subsidy covers up to and including one post-school certificate level III qualification in priority training areas. The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy for a course is paid to the training provider to reduce the cost of the certificate III course to the learner. The amount of subsidy provided by the Certificate 3 Guarantee program is determined by the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training based on their assessment of the demand for skilled workers in particular industries.

To be eligible for Certificate 3 Guarantee funding you must:

  • Be a Queensland resident.
  • Be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school.
  • Be 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.
  • Not hold, or be enrolled in, a Certificate III or higher level qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training) * If you have completed a course please speak with us as we may still be able to suggest other options.
  • If you hold an overseas qualification that has been recognised by an Australian professional body or other organisation as meeting the registration or licensing requirements for a specific occupation, then you would be deemed not eligible to access the Certificate 3 Guarantee funding.

Concessional Students

  • The Queensland Government pays a higher level of subsidy for qualifications undertaken by concessional students. This enables training providers to reduce fee costs for eligible learners. The following learners are entitled to concessions:

    • learners (or their partner or guardian) who hold a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners
    • learners with a disability
    • learners who are adult prisoners.

What is funded and what is the funding subsidy amount

CODE

QUALIFICATION

NON- CONCESSIONAL
Students Funding
CONCESSIONAL
Students Funding
NWP20119

Certificate II in Water Industry Operations$2997

$3330

NWP30219

Certificate III in Water Industry Operations$3160

$3555

  • Important Notes:

    Student Co-Contribution Fees may be paid on behalf of a learner by an Employer or Third Party.

    It is important that you take the time to consider and compare your training options and costs as a completed Certificate III course will use your Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy entitlement.

    As a condition of your enrolment, you will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing your training.

    The Certificate 3 Guarantee is a Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training initiative.

Further Information

Queensland Higher Level Skills

(Certificate IV or Diploma)

  • The Higher Level Skills program provides eligible Queenslanders access to government subsidised training. This subsidy covers up to and including one post-school certificate level IV or higher qualification in priority training areas. The Higher Level Skills subsidy for a course is paid to the training provider to reduce the cost of the course for eligible Queenslanders. The amount of subsidy provided by the funding is determined by the Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and the students’ concessional status.

To be eligible for Higher Level Skills funding you must:

  • Be a Queensland resident.
  • Be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school.
  • Be 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.
  • Not hold, or be enrolled in, a certificate III or higher level qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training) * If you have completed a course please speak with us as we may still be able to suggest other options.

Concessional Students

  • The Queensland Government pays a higher level of subsidy for qualifications undertaken by concessional students. This enables training providers to reduce fee costs for eligible learners. The following learners are entitled to concessions:

    • learners (or their partner or guardian) who hold a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners
    • learners with a disability
    • learners who are adult prisoners.

What is funded and what is the funding subsidy amount

  • Any difference between the entitled subsidies and our standard course price
CODEQUALIFICATIONNON- CONCESSIONAL Students FundingCONCESSIONAL Students Funding
NWP40120Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations $3325$4038
NWP50118Diploma of Water Industry Operations $2375$3088

Important Notes:

  • Student Co-Contribution Fees may be paid on behalf of a learner by an Employer or Third Party.

    It is important that you take the time to consider and compare your training options and costs as a completed Certificate IV or Diploma course will use your Higher Level Skills subsidy entitlement.

    As a condition of your enrolment, you will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing your training.

    Higher Level Skills is a Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training initiative.

Further Information

Key points

  • Only applies to students pursuing Cert IV or Diploma.

What are my options if I’m still confused?

  • People can easily get lost in the ever changing and complicated government funding systems. Simmonds & Bristow guides our clients through every step and handles the administrative processes to ensure every opportunity for funding is explored. So don’t worry – just call our Training Team today at 1800 620 690 and we’ll help you through it.
  • As mentioned, please just keep in mind that the details funding terms and conditions are subject to change.

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