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Higher Level Skills (DET Funding)

The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access subsidised training in selected certificate IV or above qualifications, and priority skill sets.

The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university to continue their studies. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs. 




To be eligible to enrol in the Higher Level Skills program, prospective students must:

  • 15 years of age or over and no longer attend school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen.
  • do not hold, and I am not currently enrolled in, a Certificate IV or higher level qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and Foundation Skills training)
  • You must hold a Certificate III in a general construction trade to be eligible for CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building) funding


Concessional Status

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 an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • the student has a disability
  • the student is an adult prisoner


Student fee contribution

Individuals undertaking training must contribute to their training costs through a ‘co-contribution fee’.   It is expected the co-contribution fee will be greater for higher level training given the increased benefits that accrue to individuals and industry.

The fee may be paid on behalf of the individual by an employer or another third party, but cannot be paid or waived by the training provider, unless approved by the department.


How to apply for Higher Level Skills funding:


Available qualification and student co-contribution fees

QualificationNumber of UnitsStudent co-contribution Fee (Non Concessional)Student co-contribution Fee (Concessional)
CPC40110 Certificate IV in Building and Construction (Building)16$80.00 ($5.00 per unit)$40.00 ($2.50 per unit)