Connecting you to Work in Central Queensland

Further Education and Training


Research shows that the average Australian worker willing to update their qualifications and switch careers will do so five to seven times in their working life.

People may chose to re-skill due to boredom, stress, redundancy, job insecurity or feeling under-appreciated in their current work. Alternatively, they might be seeking to make a difference, achieve a better work-life balance or now be able to overcome prior barriers to education.

Further education and training in Australia includes universities, vocational education and training, apprenticeships and traineeships and adult community education that assist innovation, drive productivity and give students the skills for future success. Higher education is a pathway to improved job outcomes.

The more education and training you have, the better chance you have of getting the job you want and advancing your career.

The higher education sector:

  • educates our future workforce
  • develops our future leaders
  • provides jobs for Australians
  • facilities cultural and trade links with other countries
  • plays a key role in the growing knowledge and innovation based economy of Australia.

Central Queensland Statistics

  • Overall unemployment rate – 8.7%
  • Bachelor Degree and higher unemployment rate – 3.6%
  • Certificate 111 to Advanced Diploma unemployment rate – 7.2%
  • Secondary school to Certificate 11 – 11.5%
  • Source: ABS, Census of Population and Housing 2016

Higher Education Loan Program

The Australian Government provides financial assistance to students through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Job seekers who are or intending to undertake higher education should review the HELP available in various study areas. Additional support is also for students in regional and remote areas.

Access and participation

There are many ways to qualify for further education, including:

  • after Year 12
  • adult pathways
  • alternative entry
  • tertiary preparation courses.

For more information, click here.

The Australia government is working to ensure that all people with the capability and the desire to attend university have the opportunity to do so. There are several programs and initiatives to support student access including:

  • Expanding opportunities for regional and remote students
  • Tertiary Access Payment
  • Demand-driven funding for Indigenous students from regional and remote areas
  • Indigenous, Regional and Low-SES (socio-economic status) Attainment Fund
  • Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program
  • Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program
  • Higher Education Disability Support Program

For more information, click here.

CQUniversity Australia

Central Queensland is fortunate to have CQUniversity Australia based in its largest regional centre, Rockhampton, as well as campuses in Emerald and Gladstone, and across Australia, meaning you can stay close to home or move somewhere new.

CQUniversity offers over 300 education and training options with a range of online and on campus training and study alternatives from short courses, certificates and diplomas to undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees.

Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies (STEPS) is a pathway for people wanting to start higher education. It’s suitable for you if you are returning to study or work after some time away, need to meet prerequisite subjects before starting your desired diploma or degree and you want some additional support to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to successfully study. After finishing STEPS, you can apply for direct entry to almost any one of CQUniversity’s undergraduate courses

Rockhampton North is the university’s main campus and administrative centre with a range of state of the art facilities and the Rockhampton Student Residence for 350 students. Click here for the full list of facilities.

The Rockhampton City campus is conveniently located and offers a wide range of study options from certificates and diplomas to undergraduate programs at the former CQ TAFE site. Study short courses in business, hospitality and more or follow a long term career pathway. Click here for the full list of facilities.

CQUniversity Emerald is popular with students studying trade based apprenticeships as well as certificate, diploma, degree and research qualifications in business, education, health and agriculture. Click here for the full list of facilities.

CQUniversity Gladstone is a powerhouse of innovative research, offering a wide range of TAFE and Higher Education study options. Industry conferences, training, professional development activities and industry partnership projects make use of the Gladstone campus facilities. Click here for the full list of facilities.

Central Queensland Statistics

  • 79.5% full-time domestic graduate employment rate (within the first four months of graduation)
  • 72.3% sector average
  • Consistently ranked among the top universities for graduate starting salaries
  • Source: ComparED 2019

Training options


Learning the latest skills in a real job, for a real boss with a real income, is possible through apprenticeships and trainee programs that combine training with paid employment.

An apprenticeship gives you training in a skilled trade such as plumbing, electrical or automotive mechanics while a traineeship provides training in a specific vocational area such as administration, ICT or hospitality.

You can complete a nationally recognised qualification while learning valuable skills at work under the guidance of a training organisation.

Check these useful websites or browse the A to Z of apprenticeships and traineeships at Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS).

More information:

TAFE and training

Vocational education and training (VET) courses give you practical, hands-on, industry-relevant training, so you will be job-ready when you finish your qualification.

CQUniversity Australia is Central Queensland’s official TAFE where you can receive quality education from a trusted provider with online and on-campus certificates, diplomas, skill sets and short courses available year round.

High school students from year 10 have the opportunity under the Start TAFE Now program to study a range of TAFE courses while still at school.

Click here to learn more about study options at CQUniversity TAFE, including subsidised training.

Central Queensland Statistics

  • 94% of CQUni TAFE graduates secure employment or enrol in further study
  • Source: NCVER 2020, Australian vocational education and training statistics: National Student Outcomes Survey 2019 – unpublished data, NCVER, Adelaide.

Other training organisations

Registered training organisations (RTOs) provide and assess nationally recognised training registered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and only RTOs can issue nationally recognised qualifications.

RTOs are required to uphold a certain standard that aligns with official guidelines set by ASQA and maintain engagement with the industries they offer courses for, ensuring that high quality skills and knowledge are taught and are relevant to employers and the industry.

RTOs include TAFE colleges and institutes (CQUni TAFE is an RTO), adult and community education providers, private providers, community organisations, schools, higher education institutions, commercial and enterprise training providers, industry bodies and other organisations that meet registration requirements.

SDS Training

SDS Training is an RTO that leads the training industry when it comes to helping people reach their industry and career goals. SDS has a range of courses to add to your skills to keep you in the best jobs and well paid. Training can be delivered onsite or at your location.

Local schools

The Rockhampton Grammar School (RGS), a coeducational combined school, serving years P-12 is an independent school with boarding capacity. It is ranked among the Top Schools in Queensland and one of the Best Country Schools in Australia by The Australian newspaper. It is Central Queensland’s best performing school. Students at RGS in addition to preparing for further education and employment, can undertake school-based apprenticeships and traineeships as well as enrol in VET courses to attain qualifications.