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Government Funded Training

There are various funding and incentive programs available, managed by both the State and Federal Government Departments, that allow for a variety of government funded courses. The National Institute of Painting and Decorating works closely with the relevant authorities to keep up to date with all the funding and incentive opportunities available. It is highly possible Government funding and/or Incentives may cover the full cost of all of you or your staffs training.

Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships:

The objective of the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program is to develop a more skilled Australian workforce that delivers long-term benefits for our nation and our international competitiveness. This is achieved by encouraging employers to open up genuine opportunities for skills-based training of their employees, through provision by the Australian Government of financial incentives to employers who employ and train an apprentice or trainee.

For more information on the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, please visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call the Australian Apprenticeships Referral Line on 13 38 73.

Australian Apprenticeships Centres are contracted by the Australian Government to deliver Australian Apprenticeships Support Services at no cost to employers or Australian Apprentices. These services include providing information and assistance to employers, Australian Apprentices and other interested people, marketing and promoting Australian Apprenticeships and administering Australian Government incentive payments to employers and allowances for Australian Apprentices. The NIPD is able to provide an introduction to your local Australian Apprenticeship Centre and assist where required.

User Choice:

User Choice is a national policy governing the flow of public funds to registered training organisations (RTOs). The purpose of User Choice is to make vocational education and training (VET) more responsive to the needs of industry and employers. Funding is paid directly to the RTO thus reducing the direct cost to the employer.

Find out more about User Choice for Queensland residents

ACT Skilled Capital

Skilled Capital is an ACT Government funded training initiative. Skilled Capital offers a comprehensive range of services to provide Canberrans the support they need to complete the training that is right for them. Skilled Capital will improve access to high quality training in areas of skills needs and maximise improved employment opportunities for students. More

NSW Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with NSW Governement funding to subsidise their training and skills development.

Find out more about Smart and Skilled

Construction Industry Training Funds

There are Construction Industry Training Funds in South Australia, WA, Tasmania, ACT and Queensland. Courses for construction workers in those states may be subsidised by up to 80%.

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)

is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. More

Eligible participant means:

1. a participant who has the right to work in Australia and is an eligible worker or unemployed eligible worker in Queensland.


2. be able to demonstrate RPL experience in 70% or more competencies required to complete the full qualification.


3. be an apprentice or trainee

4. through direct credit, achieve more than 50% of the minimum number of units required to complete the qualification

5. be an employee of an Authority (Employees of Local Councils are acceptable)

6. be currently enrolled and participating in a Queensland secondary school program

7. be a contracted trainer or assessor or existing worker of an RTO

8. be funded by an Authority or such other source for delivery of the same Training being undertaken as part of this program

9. be those Participants seeking a Verification of Competency (or Determination of Competency) services under this agreement.

Construction Training Fund in Western Australia

provides a subsidy of up to $400 to candidates who successfully complete a Recognition of Prior Learning/Skills Recognition (RPL) assessment towards obtaining a recognised building and construction trade qualification. Download the application form to claim

Other Government Funding and Incentives for courses State and Federal Level:

Government funding for training and incentives are forever changing, morphing and being introduced. We manage to keep a finger on the pulse and know what is happening across the industry. If there's something not listed above, or if you're not sure on how it all works and what qualification you should be doing and if there's any possible government funding or incentives to assist with course fees, please do give us a call. Our friendly education managers will be more than happy to help out with your enquires, or direct you to the appropriate organisations to provide advice.

Call: 1300 319 790

Are you eligible for Funding or Incentives?

Eligibility for any Government funded courses or incentive vary from program to program. Some basic standardised requirements include:

  • Australian Citizen
  • Permanent Resident of Australia
  • A New Zealand Passport holder residing in Australia over 6 months