Current National Funding Programs

National Workforce Development Fund

Update on qldwater a NWDF applications

Following on from an initial qldwater National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) application approved early 2013, qldwater has recently submitted a second NWDF application on behalf of the Queensland Water Industry.

 A call for Expressions of Interest was sent out to industry in September and the submitted application includes 8 water organisations and 85 learners at a total training cost of $442,486 which includes funding sought to the value of $152,002. The funding amount for participating organisations varies depending on organisation size: Small Organisations (under 100 employees)  receive 67% funding per qualification, Medium Organisations (100 -199 employees) – 50% funding and Large Organisations (> 200 employees) - 34% funding. The application targeted qualifications at Certificate IV level and above in water operations and project management.

Updates will be provided on the status of the application. Any enquiries should be directed Michelle Hill, or 07 3632 6853.

General Program Information

The National Workforce Development Fund provides $558 million over four years to industry to support training and workforce development in areas of current and future skills need.

Organisations are eligible to apply for funding if they operate in a high priority sector or if the occupations in which they are seeking to train their workforce are in local or national demand. Proposals for funding may be submitted by lead organisations to Industry Skills Councils on an ongoing basis until all funding available for the financial year has been allocated.

Professional associations and industry bodies may submit an application to the relevant ISC to coordinate on behalf of smaller enterprises seeking to participate in the program. This approach is encouraged so that proposals meet localised training needs.

Training undertaken through the Fund must be for an Eligible Qualification (a nationally endorsed qualification or a Training Package Skills Set recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework) that addresses the identified training and skills development needs of the PO. For new workers these qualifications include Certificate II, III, IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Vocational Graduate Certificate and Vocational Graduate Diploma for new workers.

Further information about the program is available at

Apprenticeship/ Traineeship employer incentives

The Australian Government has introduced a number of initiatives to assist employers who take on an Australian Apprentice (the term apprentice includes trainees).  Employers of Australian Apprentices may be eligible to claim a completion incentive payment of up to $3,000 for employing an Australian Apprentice at the Certificate III to Advanced Diploma level (subject to meeting the required eligibility criteria).

Employers of an Australian Apprentice may be eligible for financial assistance through:

  • Standard, Additional and Special incentives
  • Support for Adult Australian Apprentices
  • Assistance for Australian Apprentices with Disability
  • Support for employing an Australian School-based Apprentice

Assistance on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships can be obtained from an Australian Apprenticeships Centre. To contact an Australian Apprenticeships Centre, please call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73.

Workplace English Language Literacy (WELL)

The WELL Program is funded by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).  Each project includes a employer co-contribution of between 20 and 50%.   The main aim of the program is to assist employers to train workers in English language, literacy and numeracy skills.  The training needs to be related to job-related workplace training and is designed to help workers meet current and future employment and training needs.

Current State Funding Programs

User Choice Traineeships

The Queensland Department of Education and Training has approved training delivered under the water operations package to be "Priority One" for User Choice Traineeships at both the Certificate II and III level.  This means all new and existing employees are eligible.  The process for accessing these traineeships:

  1. Choose an RTO.  Details of those eligible to deliver these traineeships are available here by typing in the search phrase "NWP" and clicking on the RTO links.  NWP20107 is for Cert II and NWP30107 is Cert III.  Details of each RTO's specialisations, delivery and costs are available here.  Contact if you are interested in training offered by an RTO which is not registered for User Choice.
  2. Contact them and ask for a quote based on the number of people you have, advising that your people will be eligible for a User Choice traineeship.  The quote will need to have a compulsory student services fee, a cost for the training, plus costs for travel/ face to face delivery if that is what you require.  Agree on a price and level of service.
  3. Contact the Australian Apprenticeships Centre servicing your region by typing in your postcode here. The AAC will arrange to complete documentation required for signing the trainee up and assess eligibility for other funding, including Commonwealth incentives.
  4. The AAC will confirm approval and the training can commence.
    Costs will vary depending on the qualification chosen, number of trainees, amount of face to face delivery and other factors.  Contact for assistance in interpreting your quotes.