Funding Opportunities


Skills Checkpoint

UPDATE – Skills Checkpoint is Ending 

  • Applications close 5pm AEDT on 28 March, 2024
  • Final date for completion of the Skills Checkpoint is 31 May, 2024
  • Final date for a participant to send a completed Skills and Training Incentive agreement and your chosen training provider and course is 14 June, 2024.
  • Final date we can accept co-contribution payments from participants and/or employers is 21 June, 2024


The Australian Government, through the Skills and Training Incentive (Incentive), provides up to $2,200 (GST inclusive) to fund training to help mature age Australians to update their skills and remain in the workforce longer.

You are eligible for the Incentive if you:

  1. are aged 40 years or older
  2. are an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident
  3. are currently employed and at risk of entering the income support system, or
  4. recently unemployed (within twelve months) and not registered with an Australian Government employment services provider such as jobactive or Disability Employment Services.
  5. have completed a Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (Program) assessment that identified training opportunities which were included in the Career Plan .

You may be able to obtain the Incentive in relation to training that we provide.

Eligibility for the Incentive is subject to completing a Skills Checkpoint assessment and Career Plan that identifies suitable training opportunities, which you will need to discuss with your Program Provider. Your Skills Checkpoint Career Plan may identify suitable training opportunities that are not offered by us.

Please also note that you or your current employer must co-contribute and fund the balance of the training course costs after the government contribution is applied which at most can be up to 75 per cent of training costs, up to the value of $2,200 (GST inclusive).

Provide your details at this link so you can check your eligibility with the Program Providers.

Skills Checkpoint Online Application


ACT Government – Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Funding through the form of apprenticeships and traineeships are available for existing workers and new workers of all ages. Transformed works with employers to gain relevant funding and manage the training plan through to completion for the individual or group.

Transformed can deliver the following qualifications under an apprenticeship or traineeship in the ACT for new or existing workers:


New Worker: Person who has been employed within an enterprise for less than three (3) months full-time or twelve (12) months part-time or casually prior to commencing an Australian Apprenticeship.

Existing Worker: Person who is currently employed. Eligibility criteria as define in the Australian Apprenticeship Compliance Guides.
For more information on ACT Apprenticeships and Traineeships visit: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1856/~/australian-apprenticeships
New South Wales

NSW Government Smart and Skilled FY23-24

Transformed has limited places available in FY2023-24 contract period for the following qualifications for the Sydney postcode region under the Targeted Priorities Full Qualifications Program.

This subsidized training entitlement is for commencement of training from 1 July 2023 (online/correspondence mode).

Please note this funding is limited and may not be available at the time of your enquiry. The allocation is reviewed regularly for additional places through the funding period.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.
Region: Sydney

Please note that if you want to complete the qualifications to gain a building licence in NSW you will need to enrol in and complete the Certificate IV first before enrolling in the Diploma of Building.

NSW Government Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program

Transformed also has spaces available for Smart and Skilled Apprenticeships and Traineeships in all NSW regions for the following qualifications:

Regions include

Capital Region, Central Coast, Central West, Coffs Harbour – Grafton, Far West and Orana, Hunter Valley (excl Newcastle), Illawarra, Mid North Coast, Murray, New England and North West, Newcastle & Lake Macquarie, Richmond – Tweed, Riverina, Southern Highlands & Shoalhaven, Sydney.

To check your eligibility to have access to the funding for a Targeted Priority Full Qualification or Apprenticeship / Traineeship – email our team at [email protected] or call Transformed on 1300 738 720.

Candidates must :

  • be over 15 years of age
  • have left school
  • live or work in NSW
  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.
  • Provide or apply for a USI at www.usi.gov.au.

If you are eligible we will provide you with a Smart and Skilled eligibility report detailing your student fee and the steps to undertake the study with Transformed.

More information on Smart and Skilled can be found at https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au.

NSW Government is subsidising trainee fees, resulting in a saving of $1000 per trainee. Please go to https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/for-students/fee-free-scholarships to find out more.



QLD – Construction Skills Queensland 2022/23

Transformed has secured a limited number of places under Construction Skills Queensland’s subsidised funding arrangements for eligible workers in the Queensland Building and Construction industry to gain a nationally recognised qualification in line with industry standards.

Transformed has funding available for:


Training and assessment is offered via distance learning or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

We also offer a Fast track face-to-face RPL assessment: whilst the assessment comes with a premium cost, the benefits to the student and employer outweigh the price. This is a very effective, time efficient assessment approach which gives the candidates immediate access to the assessor, ability to source evidence directly from the workplace and fill gaps and prompts effective time management due to completion within a quick time frame

There are limited places available so please contact Transformed via email [email protected] for more information and to discuss the F2F RPL option.

Construction Skills Queensland’s participant eligibility conditions are;

Higher Qualifications – Building

Eligible Participant means:

(a) a Participant who has the right to work in Australia and is an Eligible Worker or Unemployed Eligible Worker in Queensland.

Note: for the CSQ Program, an Eligible Worker can include relevant clerical, administration and professional staff whose Employer is part of the Building and Construction Industry.


(b) if an Apprentice or Trainee, Participants must have completed at least 50% of their Registered Training Plan for their Apprenticeship or Traineeship. AND MUST NOT BE:

(c) an Employee of an Authority (Employees of Local Councils are acceptable).

(d) currently enrolled and participating in a Queensland secondary school program (school based Apprentices or Trainees are acceptable).

(e) a contracted trainer or assessor or existing worker of an RTO.

(f) funded by an Authority or such other source for delivery of the same Training being undertaken as part of this Program.

(g) those Participants seeking a Verification of Competency (or Determination of Competency) services under this Agreement.

The qualifications under the 2022/23 Higher Qualifications – Building contract are:

Qualification D/Learning RPL

CPC40120 – Certificate IV in Building & Construction (Building)

(19 units – $298.42 per unit)

$5,670.00 $4,177.88 **

CPC50220 – Diploma of Building & Construction (Building)

(27 units – $383.04)

$10,342.00 $7,660.80 #

CPC60220 – Advanced Diploma of Building & Construction (Mgt)

(10 units – $446.50)

$4,465.00 $3,348.75 ^^

BSB41419 – Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety

(10 units – $270.00 per unit)

$2,700.00 $2,025.00 ^

Number of units and per unit prices are indicated in brackets

** Calculated on 10 – RPL & 9 – distance learning

# Calculated on 14 – RPL & 13 – distance learning

^^ Calculated on five – RPL & five – distance learning

^ Calculated on five – RPL & five – distance learning