User Choice

User Choice
The User Choice program provides public funding paid directly to the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that has Pre-qualified Suppliers (PQS) status for the delivery of accredited entry level training to Apprentices and Trainees.

The program works in conjunction with the Commonwealth Australian Apprenticeships System, under which Apprentices and Trainees (also known in as “Australian Apprentices”) enter into legally binding Training Contracts with their employers and receive structured training to achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

The User Choice provides a public funding contribution towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland Apprentices and Trainees.

Prioritisation of Funding
The funding priority will determine the level of public funds contributed to training regardless of whether the qualification is an Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

  • Priority One (100 per cent subsidised)
    Priority one qualifications are those which lead to occupations deemed to be critical priorities in Queensland
  • Priority Two (75 per cent subsidised)
    Priority two qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as high priorities
  • Priority Three (50 per cent subsidised)
    Priority three qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical in Queensland but considered as medium priorities
  • Unfunded
    Unfunded qualifications are those which lead to occupations not deemed critical and which are not a funding priority. These include those qualifications which are not entry level qualifications identified by industry

The User Choice funding priorities are determined from national and state data in conjunction with industry input and are reviewed annually.

Priority Population Groups
Individuals identified as belonging to a Priority Population Group (PPG) undertaking a Priority Two or Priority Three qualification will receive 100% of the Government Contribution.

PPGs are those declared on the national Apprenticeship/Traineeship Training Contract, such as individuals of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, individuals from a non-English speaking background and individuals with a disability, impairment or long-term condition.

Certificate 3 Guarantee


Certificate 3 Guarantee
The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification and increase their skills to move into employment, re-enter the workforce or advance their career.


It also supports Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.


To be eligible to access Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy individuals must:


  • Be a Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and on the pathway to permanent residency.
  • Not have or be enrolled in a certificate III level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training)


The Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy can only access once, it is important you choose the right course for you to take full advantage of this opportunity