Funding - User Choice

User Choice

Skill360 Australia is proud to be a Skills Assure provider for the User Choice program that provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.

The program provides the flexibility for apprentices, trainees and their employers to select a preferred training provider (registered training organisation or RTO) from a list of Skills Assure suppliers (SAS) for the delivery of accredited training to meet their specific needs.

Student Contribution Fees

Students undertaking training funded under the User Choice program are required to contribute to the cost of their training through a contribution fee. Student contribution fees under the User Choice program are set at $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit of competency.  This fee may be paid on your behalf by an employer or another third party.

Partial Contribution Fees of 40% will be charged where evidence of a Health Care Card, Pension Card, or where the student is of school age or identifies themselves as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.

School-based apprentices and trainees are exempt from student contribution fees for all units that are commenced while in school.

Payment of Student Contribution Fees

Payment of student contribution fees can be made at enrolment into the qualification or over the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship.

Refund Terms

If a student cancels from their apprenticeship or traineeship a full refund will be provided for units not yet commenced. Units that have commenced but are not yet competent will receive a 60% refund.

Free apprenticeships for under 21s

The Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training for apprentices and trainees, under the age of 21, who commence or are undertaking a priority apprenticeship or traineeship qualification from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2023.

There are 139 priority apprenticeships and traineeships.

For more information on apprenticeships and traineeships visit the Queensland Government website.

Federal incentives may be available for employers, apprentices and trainees.

Visit https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/ for more information.

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