Fees and Funding
How much will your course cost?
Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) will disclose training and assessment fees in online course listings and on your enrolment form. Generally, the cost of your course depends on which course you have chosen and whether you are eligible for Government funding.
For accredited training fees are charged as per our Full Fee-For-Service (FFS) training fees policy (PDF, 666 KB) unless you are either eligible for Government funding or you are enrolling in a VET Student Loan course. Find out more about accredited training or continue reading to learn about the different types of Government funding and VET Student Loan courses.
If you are undertaking non-accredited training, then fees are charged as per our Non-Accredited Training (NAT) fees policy (PDF, 614 KB).
VET Student Loans
If you are enrolling in a course where VET Student Loans are available, then fees are charged as per our VET Student Loan course fees policy (PDF, 740 KB), regardless of whether you are using a student loan or not. Peruse QATC VET Student Loan approved courses or find out more about VET Student Loans at www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans
We are an approved Queensland Government pre-qualified supplier. This means eligible students can access Government funding to help pay their fees for accredited training in approved courses. If you are eligible for funding, then your fees will be charged as set out in the relevant policy for that type of funding:
VET in Schools (VETiS)
The VETiS program provides funding for accredited training for students while they are still at high school. If you are eligible for VETiS funding, then your training will be free. For more detailed information, including eligibility criteria:
Certificate 3 Guarantee (C3G)
The Certificate 3 Guarantee program provides funding to help people obtain their first post-school Certificate III qualification. If you are eligible for funding, then your training and assessment fees will be lower than the full fee-for-service rate. For more detailed information, including eligibility criteria:
User Choice (UC)
The User Choice program provides funding towards the cost of training and assessment for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees. If you are eligible for funding, then your training and assessment fees will be lower than the full fee for service rate. For more detailed information, including eligibility criteria:
- see our User Choice (UC) funded training fees policy (PDF, 688 KB) or
- visit training.qld.gov.au/training/incentives/userchoice
Find out about apprenticeship and traineeships through QATC.
Higher Level Skills program (HLSP)
The Higher Level Skills program provides funding to help people obtain a certificate IV or higher qualification. If you are eligible for funding, then your training and assessment fees will be lower than the full fee for service rate. For more detailed information, including eligibility criteria:
Year 12 Graduate Fee-Free
Eligible Queensland Year 12 graduates can access fee-free training in high priority qualifications through both the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs if they commence training within the calendar year following completion of Year 12. For more detailed information, including eligibility criteria:
Other Financial Assistance
There are a range of financial assistance services available to individuals, families and businesses to support rural training:
A range of Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges scholarships are made available each year. For open scholarships and details on how to apply, see our scholarships page.
Education Queensland provides financial assistance to parents of school-age children under the Living Away from Home Allowances Scheme. For more information, visit Education Queensland.
Students may be eligible to receive financial assistance from Centrelink, which could attract ancillary benefits including rent assistance, health care cards, and fares allowances. Applications for assistance must be lodged by students in the year of study for entitlements to be approved.
Further information and application forms can be obtained by visiting the Centrelink website or call the Centrelink Students and Trainees line on 132 490. Indigenous students can call the Centrelink ABSTUDY line on 1800 132 317.
You may be eligible for a discount for residential accommodation fees or non-accredited training fees where payment is made up front in full by the due date written on the tax invoice. See our Residential accommodation fees policy (PDF, 621 KB) or Non-Accredited Training (NAT) fees policy (PDF, 614 KB) for more information.
Due to funding requirements, we do not offer 'discounts' on training and assessment fees. However, if you are eligible for Queensland Government funding then your training and assessment fees will be lower than the full fee-for-service rate. In some cases, the Queensland Government funding arrangements may mean that you are exempt from paying training and assessment fees altogether.
No matter what your circumstances, QATC has a payment option to suit you, including:
- Payment before you start the course/residential accommodation - see our Up-front payment methods policy (PDF, 587 KB)
- Pay your fees off while you study using a payment plan (available to approved students) - see our Payment plans policy (PDF, 580 KB)
- Study now and pay later under the VET Student Loan scheme (available to eligible students in an approved course) - see our VET Student Loans fees policy (PDF, 776 KB) Please note that only tuition fees can be paid by a VET Student Loan.
To pay by credit card, the credit card holder needs to call our customer service centre on 1800 888 710. Please do not email your credit card details to us.
EFTPOS is available at some QATC sites. You can call our customer service centre on 1800 888 710 to find out if a particular site has EFTPOS facilities and also to find out the business hours of the site.
If you are intending to drive a long distance in order to use EFTPOS facilities, we recommend that you telephone the QATC campus or site first in order to check that the EFTPOS system is not down or offline.
To pay your fees by BPay:
- Log onto your internet or mobile banking site or call your phone banking service.
- Select the BPAY or bill payment option.
- Follow the instructions to pay the fees, using the biller code and reference number written on our tax invoice.
See our Up-front payment methods policy (PDF, 587 KB) for more detailed information about paying by credit card, EFTPOS or BPay.
Paying by Payment Plan
You can apply to pay fees through an approved payment plan arrangement, by submitting the approved form to QATC at least fourteen (14) days prior to the start of training or residential accommodation. To obtain a copy of the approved form, you must speak to your QATC contact.
For more detailed information about payment plans, including Centrepay and Direct Debit:
- see our Payment plans policy (PDF, 580 KB) or
- visit humanservices.gov.au/customer/services/centrelink/centrepay (please note, a payment plan arrangement must be approved by QATC before a student can initiate Centrepay for their fees)
When do you have to pay?
This depends on your chosen payment option:
- If you have chosen up-front payment, then your training and assessment fees are payable at the time of enrolment and prior to commencing your course.
- If you have been approved for a payment plan then you will pay your fees in instalments, the frequency and amount of which will depend on your individual payment plan.
- If you have chosen to pay by the VET Student Loan scheme you will be required to repay your student loan through the Australian tax system when your income reaches the relevant threshold.
Do you need to pay a deposit?
We may charge a non-refundable deposit for your fees. If you cancel your enrolment in training or residential accommodation, any non-refundable deposit will be forfeited. We will disclose any non-refundable deposits on your fee agreement, enrolment form, and/or your accommodation agreement.
Note that if you are enrolling in training where VET Student Loans are available, then you will not need to pay a deposit for your training and assessment.
See the Residential accommodation fees policy (PDF, 635 KB) or the fees policy relevant to your type of training on our policies page for more detailed information about deposits.
Can you get a refund or credit?
Your training fees may be affected if you choose to vary your enrolment in study and/or residential accommodation. If you are planning to vary your enrolment, make sure you read our Residential accommodation fees policy (PDF, 635 KB) or the fees policy relevant to your type of training on our policies page to work out whether you are entitled to a credit.
See our Refund policy (PDF, 587 KB) for more information about refunds. You can also refer to our Statement of Tuition Assurance for details about your options in the event that we cancel a VET Student Loan course of study.
Students are advised to read the terms relating to payment of fees prior to enrolment (refer to the relevant policy/s on our policies page). Please note that fees must be paid before the commencement of training unless other arrangements have been made. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is charged according to the requirements of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Information correct at time of publication. Subject to change without notice.