Fees and Funding Options in Queensland

Year 12 Fee Free

What is “Fee Free Training for Year 12 Graduates”?

Funded by the Queensland Government Department of Education and Training, to support Queensland’s Year 12 graduates to successfully transition to employment, the Queensland Government is offering fee-free training in high priority qualifications identified by the Queensland Government and industry groups. The training is available through a range of certificate III level vocational education and training (VET) courses, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships.

Fee-free training gives Year 12 graduates a head start on their careers by allowing them to complete a high priority qualification through an apprenticeship, traineeship or selected VET course without the financial burden of student contribution fees


Fee-free training only applies to apprenticeships and traineeships or certificate III level qualifications identified as high priority by the Queensland Government. High priority qualifications will develop the skills most needed by employers and the Queensland economy, and are based on skill demand, advice from industry, and whether the qualification will lead to employment.

The Queensland Government will cover the full cost of training in a high priority qualification delivered under the Year 12 fee-free training initiative. This means eligible participants will not be required to contribute to the cost of their training.

Year 12 fee-free training is available through two Queensland Government training investment programs the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice. It is important to carefully consider your training options before committing to a training course as this may exhaust your entitlement to further Queensland Government subsidised training.

View the Queensland Department of Education and Training Year 12 Graduates Fee-Free Training Program Fact Sheet

Eligibility Criteria

 Are you eligible?

To be eligible to access fee-free training, you must:

  • Have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Studies Authority (or the “Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority” which replaced the Queensland Studies Authority from 1 July 2014) or equivalent certificate that confirms you have completed Year 12 in Queensland
  • Enrol and start training with an approved training provider by the end of the calendar year following the completion of Year 12
  • Be a Queensland resident

Courses Available

What courses are offered by Queensford college under “Fee Free Training for Year 12 Graduates”?

You can access fee-free training in high priority areas if you start training with Queensford College, an approved training provider, within a year of graduating from Year 12.

 CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and CareView Course Info
CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) **View Course Info
SIT30616 Certificate III in HospitalityView Course Info

**The Qualification CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support requires the student to submit an AFP National Police Check (NPC) application to enable the student to successfully complete the work placement requirement of this Qualification. The student is require to apply and pay the application fee of $42.00 directly to the Australian Federal Police.

When can you start?

You can choose to start your training on any of our available monthly intake dates, please contact one of our friendly Course Advisors to discuss further.

Student Handbook

A copy of the Queensford College Domestic Student Handbook is located on the Resources page. Download the handbook and view a full schedule of miscellaneous fees, including replacement student ID cards and the reissuance of Qualifications.


Available Delivery Modes

How to Apply

Please contact our Brisbane Campus for more information on Higher Level Skills. Our team will provide you with more information and assist you through every step of the enrolment process.

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