The Higher Level Skills Program (funded by the Department of Education, Training and Employment) gives eligible Queenslanders access to a government subsidised training that will offset the cost of a Certificate IV or Diploma Course in priority training areas.

The Higher Level Skills subsidy for a course is paid to the training provider to reduce the cost of the Certificate IV or Diploma Course to the student. The amount of subsidy provided by the Higher Level Skills Subsidy program will vary depending on the demand for skilled workers in a particular industry and the needs of the student.

Imagine Education offers the below courses under the Higher Level Skills Program:

Eligibility requirements

The program is open to any Queensland resident aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students) and is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and on the pathway to permanent residency. Prospective students must not have or be enrolled in a certificate IV level or higher qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training.


Student contribution

All students who enrol under the Higher Level Skills Program are required to pay a student contribution fee unless you have received credit for that unit by providing a Statement of Attainment or Record of Results; or you are a Queensland year 12 graduate who will enrol and commence training within 12 months of completing year 12 (that is, by the end of the calendar year following completion of year).



If you cancel your course prior to its completion, you are applicable for a refund of the student contribution fee for any units you have not commenced. This is calculated by adding all unit student contribution fees for any non-commenced units. To receive the refund, students are required to complete a Refund Application Form, which is located on the Imagine Education Australia website. All refunds are processed within 28 days of receipt of the refund.


For further information

Eligibility conditions apply. Click here to download the Department of Education, Training and Employment's Higher Level Skills fact sheet. For more information on the Higher Level Skills Program or to apply, please contact us.