Current State Funding Programs

User Choice Traineeships

The Queensland Department of Education and Training has approved Certificate II and III qualifications delivered under the water operations package to be "Priority One" for User Choice Traineeships.  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.

 Industry Partnerships Strategy

qldwater is currently investigating possible projects for an industry coordinated application for the Industry Partneships Strategy. Information and a call for EOIs will be sent to members early 2015.


Current National Funding Programs 

National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF)

Update on qldwater NWDF applications

qldwater currently has two approved National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) applications, contracts with relevant parties have been executed and training is continuing.

Further funding for the NWDF was removed in the 2014 Federal Budget. A new Industry Skills Fund was announced in it's place. 

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).

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) Program

The WELL Program is has now ceased taking new applications.