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Eligibility Requirements

RTO Eligibility
 

Only RTOs approved by the department to deliver publicly-funded training and assessment services to apprentices and trainees, under a Vocational Education and Training (VET) Pre-qualified Supplier Agreement for the User Choice 2010–2016 program, are eligible to receive payment from the department.

 

Pre-qualified suppliers are subject to the terms and conditions of the VET Pre-qualified Supplier Agreement and must comply with the Registered Training Organisation User Choice Pre-qualified Supplier Policy.

 

Any organisation seeking to be a Queensland PQS must be a National VET Regulator (NVR) RTO with registration, at the time of the application, for each qualification they are applying to include in their PQS contract.

 

PQS status is granted for successful applicants from the start date specified in the department’s letter of authority, unless otherwise advised by the department.

 

Applicants must wait until they receive the department’s letter of authority before representing themselves to the market as a PQS with access to funding under the User Choice program.

 

Student eligibility
 

To be eligible to receive a government contribution, the apprentice or trainee must:

  • have entered into a Training Contract for a qualification that is funded by the department

  • be registered on DELTA with a commencement date or recommencement date on or after 1 July 2010

  • select a training provider who holds pre-qualified supplier status for their nominated qualification.

 

The government contribution for a User Choice funding contribution will be detailed in the apprentice or trainee’s Letter of Registration from the department, and is subject to student eligibility and their selection of an eligible pre-qualified supplier as their SRTO.

 

Dual-trade apprenticeship or traineeship

A student undertaking a declared dual trade apprenticeship will receive the government contribution as specified on the department’s User Choice 2015–2016 Qualification and Price List.

 

School-based apprentices and trainees

School-based apprentices and trainees (SATs) receive funding aligned to the priority level of the qualification. The government contribution for the qualification will be detailed in their Letter of Registration from the department.

 

SATs are subject to the same policies as apprentices and trainees, with the following exceptions.

 

School-based apprentices

 

The maximum institutional training which may be delivered for a school-based apprentice (for the qualification detailed on their Letter of Registration) will be limited to the following delivery levels until such time as the school-based apprentice transfers to full apprenticeship status (full-time or part-time) under the same registration number and qualification:

(a) Four year nominal term — 33.3 per cent delivery limit

(b) Three year nominal term — 40 per cent delivery limit

(c) Two year nominal term — 50 per cent delivery limit.

 

The Director, Training, at the local regional Training Queensland Office may approve an increase in the institutional training delivery on a case-by-case basis upon receipt of an application from the parties to the apprenticeship.

PQS reported data will be validated to ensure compliance with this policy.

 

On transferring to full apprenticeship status (full-time or part-time) under the same qualification, the school-based apprentice will be able to access the residual value of their government contribution.

 

The residual value of the government contribution will be calculated by multiplying the remaining number of units of competency or points the apprentice has to complete by the unit of competency or point value applicable to the student when they first commenced their apprenticeship.

 

Transition to full-time or part-time status must occur by 31 March of the year immediately following the completion of their school-based component of the qualification in order to continue to be funded as a SAT.

 

School-based trainees

 

On transferring to full traineeship status (full-time or part-time) under the same registration number and qualification, the school-based trainee will be able to access the residual value of their government contribution.

 

The residual value of the government contribution will be calculated by multiplying the remaining number of units of competency or points the trainee has to complete by the unit of competency or point value applicable to the student when they first commenced their traineeship.

 

Transition to full-time or part-time status must occur by 31 March of the year immediately following the completion of their school-based component of the qualification in order to continue to be funded as a SAT.

 

Multiple government contributions
 

An apprentice or trainee can only receive one government contribution for a User Choice funded qualification at any single point in time.

 

In circumstances where a student undertakes more than one apprenticeship or traineeship at the same time, the student will only receive the government contribution for the qualification nominated in the first Training Contract registered on DELTA, not the Training Contract with the earliest start date.

 

A maximum of two government contributions will be funded per participant under the User Choice 2010–2016 program.

 

Qualifications which do not contribute to the government contribution count are:

  • Qualifications funded outside of the User Choice 2010–2016 program

  • User Choice funded qualifications which commenced but were not completed

  • User Choice funded qualifications undertaken as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work – Work Skills Traineeships.

 

For the purposes of determining multiple government contributions, SATs are treated in the same way as other apprentices and trainees.

 

A second government contribution is approved for participants who have previously commenced and completed one funded qualification under the User Choice 2010–2016 program and the second qualification is:

  • A Priority One qualification

  • A higher priority than the first qualification

  • Undertaken subsequent to a student having completed a qualification under the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative.

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