Important changes to employer funding in QLD

19 April, 2017

QLD apprentice and trainee funding Important update – new changes announced

The Queensland Government has just announced changes to its User Choice 2016–17 apprenticeship and traineeship funding program, effective 1 January 2017.

New definition for Existing Workers* Increased subsidies for Priority Two and Three qualifications^
Existing workers with an active registration number and a commencement or recommencement date from 1 January 2017 are eligible for funding when undertaking Priority One, Priority Two or Priority Three qualifications. Government subsidies have increased for:
  • Priority Two qualifications – from 75% to 87.5%
  • Priority Three qualifications – from 50% to 75%

These changes have been introduced to promote greater participation in apprenticeships and traineeships, to assist industry and employers with workforce development, and to improve employment outcomes for all Queenslanders.

*Existing workers with an active registration number commencement date or recommencement date up to 31 December 2016, irrespective of whether they belong to a Priority Population Group, are eligible for funding only when undertaking Priority One qualifications. (Note: unchanged as per program rules in place before 1 January 2017). ^The new prices will take effect starting from 1 January 2017 and will apply to all User Choice students enrolled in the applicable qualifications. Priority One qualifications remain unchanged at 100% subsidised.Find out more here.