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Higher Level Skills Program

The Higher Level Skills Program supports eligible individuals with access to a subsidised training place in selected Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) certificate IV level and above qualifications or priority skill sets, with a pre-approved registered training organization (RTO) of their choice – otherwise known as a pre-qualified supplier (PQS).

The principal aims is to help individuals gain the high-level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry or transition to university to continue their studies. The Higher Level Skills program also provides eligible employers or industry with the capacity to address current workforce development needs that are adversely impacting on productivity, where individual employees meet the program’s eligibility requirements.

Under the program, FS Alliance is required to charge a student co-contribution fees as outlined below.

During the enrolment process, a representative from FS Alliance will conduct an induction session during which you will be advised of the contribution fees and provided with a copy of the Student Handbook. You will also, in consultation with a representative from FS Alliance, develop a training plan that includes details of delivery and assessment methods and proposed timeframes in which it is expected that you should complete the training.

Student contributions fees for the qualification are invoiced upon commencement of training and only once your enrolment has been confirmed. At the commencement of your training you will be invoiced for the co-contribution fees as specified by your training plan. Methods of payment are:

  • Credit card payment – Visa or MasterCard
  • Direct Deposit

Simply follow the instructions on your invoice or for more information contact:​

The Schedule of Fees provides an overview of contribution fees for concessional and non-concessional students. Eligibility Criteria ** to funding and concessional rates apply to enrolling in qualifications funded under the Higher Level Skills Program.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Eligibility Criteria **

Are you eligible to participate?

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

  • be aged 15 years or above,
  • be no longer at school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or New Zealand citizen
  • not hold, and not be enrolled in, a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundation skills training
  • *Note exception for MSL50118 – pre-requisite to hold a CIV in Laboratory Techniques must not have obtained this qualification under C3G funding

In addition to the standard eligibility requirements, specific restrictions and or exemptions may apply to participation in certain subsidised qualifications. Any additional eligibility requirements will be based on industry advice or requirements under the relevant national training package and is detailed in the Queensland Training Subsidies List:​


Student fact sheet:


Entitlement to concession

Concessional rates apply for those students that:​

  • hold 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 Care and is named on the card
  • provide FS Alliance with an official form under Commonwealth law, confirming that the student, his or her partner, or the person of whom the student is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card
  • identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • has a disability
  • are an adult prisoner

NOTE: students must supply current relevant documentation to FS Alliance before concessional rates can be applied to contribution fees.