What is the Higher Level skills Program?
The Higher Level Skills program provides a government subsidy in selected certificate IV or above qualifications and priority skill sets to help individuals gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry.
The Program is for any Queensland resident who does not already hold, or is not already enroled in, a post-school Australian certificate IV or higher level qualification this includes any equivalent certificate IV or higher level qualification irrespective of whether the qualification is through a university degree, apprenticeship or traineeship pathway. (Note: not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training.)
As you can only access the Higher Level Skills subsidy once, it is important you choose the right course for you to take full advantage of this opportunity. Any student who successfully completes a Certificate IV qualification will no longer be eligible for a subsidised training place under the Higher Level Skills Program.
The Queensland Government’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training administers the Higher Level Skills Program. For further information please refer to their website here.
What courses are funded under Higher Level Skills?
To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills funding, you must meet the entry requirements below.
To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills Program a participant must be:
- Queensland resident
- Aged 15 years or over
- No longer at school
- Not hold or be undertaking a Certificate level IV or higher qualification*
- 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.
*Please be aware that the students enrolling into the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, must be an existing worker in the Community Services and Health industry and may already hold a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification prior to enrolment. However, to be eligible, the previous qualification must not have been funded through the Higher Level Skills Program.
Please note you will no longer be eligible for subsidized training under Higher Level Skills Program once you have completed a certificate level IV qualification.
For further information and to check your eligibility please refer to the Department of Education and Training website:
Student Contribution Fees
Under this program students are required to make a financial contribution towards the cost of the training and assessment services for their selected course. There is a mandatory student contribution fee for all students undertaking a subsidised Certificate Qualification. There are two levels of contributions a general student-non-concession and a concessional student.
|Qualification Name||Number of Units||Non-Concession||Concession|
|CHC43015 Certificate IV Ageing Support||18||$69||$49|
|CHC43115 Certificate IV Disability||14||$69||$49|
|CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health||17||$69||$49|
|CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health||15||$69||$49|
|CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support||17||$34||$17|
|BSB42518 Certificate IV in Small Business||10||$69||$49|
|CHC42015 Certificate IV in Community Services||15||$69||$49|
|CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services||16||$69||$49|
|CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management||13||$69||$49|
|CHCSS00070 Medication Skill Set||2||$20||$20|
|CHCSS00098 Individual Support Disability||4||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00097 Individual Support Ageing||3||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00096 Disability Behaviour Support||2||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00081 Induction to Disability||4||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00075 Chronic Disease Skill Set||2||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00073 Case Management Skill Set||4||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00082 Lead and Mentor Skill Set||3||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00084 Lead and support colleagues||3||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00094 High Support and Complex Care – Disability Skill Set||4||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00100 Individual Support – Home and Community (Disability) Skill Set||4||$20||$15|
|CHCSS00065 Workforce planning skill set||2||$20||$15|
Am I eligible for Concession?
A concessional student fee is applicable for the following eligible students:
- 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
Once you complete a qualification through this program you will no longer be eligible for further subsidised training under this program.
Please note that pricing and course availability is subject to change without notice. For more information on this program you can download the Queensland Government Higher Level Skills fact sheet.
Check HLS Funding