Government Funding & Incentives

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy

The Federal Government will introduce, from 1 January 2019, a trial apprentice wage subsidy to support regional and rural businesses.  Eligibility is based on sign up date as well as commencement date (both being on or after 01/01/2019).

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy aims to support apprenticeships in skills needs occupations in rural and regional areas. 

The aim is to encourage employers in these areas who have not previously signed up apprentices (or trainees) and those employers who have been disengaged from the program over the last three years to take on an apprentice in a Cert 3 or 4 NSNL qualification.

SBAT’s and part-time apprenticeships are excluded.  The Apprentice must be employed full-time.

As is usually the case, Eligibility Criteria will apply including:

The Australian Apprentice must be employed under the relevant Award (Modern Award) for their occupation. The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy is based on the award wage rate under which an Australian Apprentice is employed and provides support in the first three years of an Australian Apprenticeship as follows.

  • 75% of the first year award wage
  • 50% of the second year award wage; and
  • 25% of the third year award wage

Download and print a fact sheet here.

 

Certificate 3 Guarantee

The Certificate 3 Guarantee program, funded by the Queensland Government, supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school certificate III qualification. It also supports school students to access training and Queensland's Year 12 graduates to transition to employment by providing fee-free training in high priority qualifications.

Download the Certificate 3 Guarantee student fact sheet for more information.

To be eligible to undertake a Certificate 3 Guarantee funded qualification, a student must be:

  • a Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits 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 foundations skills training)

Please note: Students can access the Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidy only once, so it's important that you take the time to choose your course carefully to maximise your career or further training opportunities.

Higher Level Skills

The Higher Level Skills program, funded by the Queensland Government, provides a government subsidy to support eligible individuals to access subsidised training in selected certificate IV and above qualifications, or priority skill sets.

The aim is to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in priority industries or to transition to university. Employers may also be able to access training to address workforce development needs.

Download the Higher Level Skills student fact sheet for more information.

To be eligible to undertake a Higher Level Skills funded qualification, a student must be:

  • a Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students)
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency
  • not have or be enrolled in a certificate IV level or higher qualification (not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training)
  • additional eligibility criteria apply for some qualifications, please contact Axial for full details

Please note: Students can access the Higher Level Skills subsidy only once, so it's important that you take the time to choose your course carefully to maximise your career or further training opportunities.

Axial's Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills Co-Contribution Fees:

BSB30115 Certificate III in Business: Non-Concession - $12 per unit, total of $144, Concession -
$5 per unit, total of $60

BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration: Non-Concession - $12 per unit, total of $156, Concession -
$5 per unit, total of $65

SIT30616 Certificate III Hospitality: Non-Concession - $12 per unit, total of $180, Concession - $5 per unit, total of $75

SIT40416 Certificate IV Hospitality: Non-Concession - $12 per unit, total of $252, Concession - $5 per unit, total of $105

SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management: Non-Concession - $12 per unit, total of $336, Concession - $5 per unit, total of $140

SIT60316 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management: Non-Concession - $12 per unit, total of $396, Concession - $5 per unit, total of $165

SITSS00039 Mentoring & Supervision: Non-Concession - $12 per unit, total of $48, Concession - $5 per unit, total of $20

 

Axial's Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills Refund Policy:

Purpose of Policy

This policy details the refund options available for students receiving Certificate 3 Guarantee or Higher Level Skills funding.

Policy

  • Process for identifying potential refunds
    • On receiving advice that the student’s Training Contract has been cancelled Axial will finalise the student’s records in the Student Management System.
    • Advice via weekly automated reporting will be sent to the Axial Accounts Department advising them of the student cancellation.
    • The Axial Accounts Department will review the student’s records in line with the below refund policy.
  • Calculation of refund
    • Units that have been issued the below result types will not attract any refund amount:
      Competent
      Recognition of Prior Learning
    • Units that have been issued the below result type will attract a refund of 50% of the total Co-Contribution Fee for that unit:
      Withdrawn
    • Units that have been issued the below result type will attract a refund of 100% of the total Co-Contribution Fee for that unit:
      Withdrawn – Not Started
  • Payment of refund
    • Axial will contact the payer to advise of any applicable refund and arrange appropriate account details to process the refund.
    • Payment of refund will depend on the amount of Co-Contribution Fees that had been paid prior to cancellation. Where Co-Contribution Fees are owing for a unit, any calculated refund may be allocated to the outstanding Co-Contribution Fee.

 

User Choice

Under the User Choice Contract, Axial must charge and collect a Student Contribution Fee for each student enrolled in a Traineeship/Apprenticeship which receives User Choice funding.  The current Student Contribution Fee is calculated at $1.60 per nominal hour for each unit (excluding credit transfers).

Student Contribution Fee Amounts:

The below table lists the qualifications available under the User Choice program, and the standard Total Nominal Hours and Student Contribution Fee associated with each qualification. Note, the Total Nominal Hours and Total Student Contribution Fee is subject to change dependant upon changes to elective units of competency included in your qualification. Changes to elective units may be made in consultation with the Trainee/Apprentice, Employer and Axial Training if required.

Qualification Code Qualification Name Total Nominal Hours Total Student Contribution Fee
AMP20117 Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services) 340 $544.00
AMP30815 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Retail Butcher) 945 $1,512.00
AUR30616 Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology 955 $1,528.00
 AUR31116 Certificate III in Heavy Commercial Vehicle Mechanical Technology 1050 $1,680.00
AUR31416 Certificate III in Automotive Diesel Fuel Technology 580 $928.00
BSB20115 Certificate II in Business 365 $584.00
BSB30115 Certificate III in Business 450 $720.00
BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration 490 $784.00
MEM20105 Certificate II in Engineering 340 $544.00
MEM20205 Certificate II in Engineering - Production Technology 330 $1,056.00
MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) 970 $1,552.00
MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Diesel Fitting) 937 $1,499.20
MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Maintenance - Fitting and/or Turning) 957 $1,531.20
MEM30205 Certificate III in Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Machining) 960 $1,536.00
MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Light Fabrication - Sheetmetal) 1010 $1,616.00
MEM30305 Certificate III in Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking/Welding) 1010 $1,616.00
SIT20316 Certificate II in Hospitality 215 $344.00
SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality 297 $475.00
SIT30816 Certificate III in Commercial Cookery 840 $1,344.00
SIT40516 Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery 1285 $2,056.00
UEE32111 Certificate III in Appliance Service 1060 $1,696.00
UEE32211 Certificate III in Air-conditioning and Refrigeration 1090 $1,744.00

Method and timing of collection:

Axial will send an invoice for 50% of the total Student Contribution Fees after the completion of the Traineeship/Apprenticeship probation period.
An invoice for the remaining 50% of the total Student Contribution Fees will be sent on the 12 month anniversary of the Traineeship/Apprenticeship commencement date.

 

Full and Partial Exemptions:

A partial or full exemption may be applicable for students who are one of the below categories and are able to provide the applicable evidence as listed below.  Eligibility for a partial exemption will result in a reduction of 60% of the Student Contribution Fee.

Exemption Type Exemption Category
Partial Student not completed year 12 and is under 17 at the end of February in the year in which Axial provides training.
Partial Student holds a current health care card or pensioner card, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a current health care card or pensioner concession card issued under Commonwealth law.
Partial Student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person.
Full Student experiencing severe Financial Hardship.
Full Student is a School-Based Trainee/Apprentice.
Full Student is applying for Under 21 Fee-Free funding (Priority 1 Qualifications only).  Applies where student is under 21 years of age as at the commencement date of the Apprenticeship.

 

Axial's User Choice Refund Policy:

Purpose of Policy

This policy details the refund options available for students receiving User Choice funding.

Policy

  • Process for identifying potential refunds
    • On receiving advice that the student’s Training Contract has been cancelled Axial will finalise the student’s records in the Student Management System.
    • Advice via weekly automated reporting will be sent to the Axial Accounts Department advising them of the student cancellation.
    • The Axial Accounts Department will review the student’s records in line with the below refund policy.
  • Calculation of refund
    • Units that have been issued the below result types will not attract any refund amount:
      Competent
      Recognition of Prior Learning
    • Units that have been issued the below result type will attract a refund of 50% of the total Student Contribution Fee for that unit:
      Withdrawn
    • Units that have been issued the below result type will attract a refund of 100% of the total Student Contribution Fee for that unit:
      Withdrawn – Not Started
  • Payment of refund
    • Axial will contact the payer to advise of any applicable refund and arrange appropriate account details to process the refund.
    • Payment of refund will depend on the amount of Student Contribution Fees that had been paid prior to cancellation. Where Student Contribution Fees are owing for a unit, any calculated refund may be allocated to the outstanding Student Contribution Fee.

 

Year 12 graduates eligible for fee free apprenticeship and traineeship training

Year 12 graduates can take advantage of fee-free training in high priority areas such as Axial’s engineering, automotive and meat retail trade qualifications.

Visit the training.qld.gov.au website for more information about other high priority qualifications available under the Queensland Government's Certificate 3 Guarantee program or User Choice program.

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

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Studies Authority
  • 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

Download the Year 12 Fee Free Student fact sheet for more information.

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