Funding and incentives
Abstudy provides financial assistance for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island people that may help you with your study. You might also qualify for extra payments for living allowance or to help with the cost of studying. If you are studying part time or full time at TAFE you may qualify.
Information and can be obtained from any Centrelink office or by visiting Centrelink.
Aged Care Education and Training Incentive Program
The Aged Care Education and Training Incentive program provides incentive payments to eligible aged care workers who undertake specified education and training programs.
For more information on the Aged Care Incentive Program, please visit the Australian Government Department of Heath.
Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program
The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program contributes to the development of a highly skilled and relevant Australian workforce that supports economic sustainability and competitiveness.
For more information please visit the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.
Austudy and Youth allowance
Austudy may provide financial assistance if you are studying or undertaking an Australian apprenticeship full time and you are age 25 years and over. If you are under the age of 25, Youth Allowance may be able to assist you if you are studying, undertaking training or an Australian apprenticeship, looking for work, or sick.
Information about qualifying for Austudy or Youth allowance can be obtained from any Centrelink office or by visiting the Centrelink.
Certificate 3 Guarantee
The Certificate 3 Guarantee is a Queensland Government initiative that provides a training subsidy for eligible students. Under the Certificate 3 Guarantee, you receive subsidised training for one certificate level III qualification of your choice to increase your employment opportunities. More about the Certificate 3 Guarantee.
Fee free childcare training
Tuition free enrolment in a Diploma or Advanced Diploma of Children's Services is available from TAFE institutes. Take advantage of this funding and gain a qualification or upgrade your skills and become a childcare professional. The fee free arrangements expire on 31 December 2014. For more information contact your local TAFE institute.
Unemployed people over 21 may be entitled to Newstart Allowance to support their studies as part of an employment pathway plan. More information can be found at the Centrelink.
Pensioner Education Supplement
If you already qualify for certain Centrelink payments you may also qualify for the Pensioner Education Supplement or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement. More information can be found at the Centrelink.
Some TAFE Queensland institutes may provide scholarships to help students access education and training. For more information contact your local TAFE institute.
There are opportunities to apply for a broad range of scholarships offered through external Government agencies, Community organisations, and private sponsors. More information is available at the Australian government.
TAFE fee concessions
You have not completed Year 12 and are under 17 at the end of February
You are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
You are the primary cardholder for Centrelink, Health Care (Concession) Card, Pensioner Concession Card
You are a listed dependant for Centrelink, Health Care (Concession) Card, Pensioner Concession Card
Not all courses qualify for this concession. For more information contact your local TAFE Queensland institute.
You may be eligible to claim a deduction for the costs associated with TAFE study as a self education expense through your tax return. Visit the Australian Taxation Office to determine your eligibility.
TAFE Queensland Institutes offer VET FEE-HELP, where students can enrol in courses of study (certain diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses) and gain assistance to pay for all or part of the tuition costs. Students can study now and pay later through this Australian Government student loan scheme. Eligibility criteria applies. For more information about VET FEE-HELP with TAFE Queensland contact:
- Brisbane North Institute of TAFE
- Central Queensland Institute of TAFE
- Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
- Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE
- SkillsTech Australia
- Southbank Institute of Technology
- Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE
- Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE
- The Bremer Institute of TAFE
- Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE
- Wide Bay Institute of TAFE
You can also visit the Study Assist for more Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) information.