Response Learning has contracts in several states to deliver accredited training using state government subsidies. This enables individuals, employers and other organisations to access subsidised training.

Eligibility requirements and funding conditions vary in each state. Please refer to your relevant state funding page for more information.

Response Learning is a Queensland Government Skills Assure Supplier (SAS) with contracts to provide subsidised training under User Choice (Apprenticeships and Traineeships), Certificate 3 Guarantee and Higher Level Skills programs.


User Choice

Apprenticeships and Traineeships including School-based Traineeships

Response Learning offers Traineeships to eligible individuals for a range of Traineeships in Queensland. Once you have signed a Training Contract for a Traineeship, you and your employer can choose Response Learning to be your training provider (Supervising Registered Training Organisation or sRTO).

An Australian Apprenticeships Support Network (AASN) provider will assist you and your employer with the Training Contract and selecting Response Learning as the RTO.

Approved User Choice Qualifications

Qualification Code

Qualification Name

Number of funded units or Points


Certificate II in Meat Processing (Abattoirs)

40 Points


Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services)

 14 Units

Subsidies and Co-Contribution

Response Learning is approved to deliver these qualifications through a Traineeship supported by Queensland Department of Education and Training (QDET) funding. More information about the finding can be found on the DEET’s website

Eligibility to receive a funding subsidy

To be eligible to receive subsidised training under the User Choice program you must:

  • be employed in an approved apprenticeship or Traineeship
  • have entered a training contract for a qualification funded by the government
  • have selected a training provider, such as Response Learning, that is a pre-qualified supplier (a government-approved training provider).

Co-Contribution Fees and Concessions

Co-Contribution Fees are mandated by the Queensland Government. The current Fee is $1.60 per nominal hour. If you are a concession card holder or fit into a priority population group (PPG) you may be entitled to a concession rate of $0.64 cents per nominal hour.

Each unit in a qualification has assigned nominal hours (the hours of training that a new person to the field of study might require to successfully complete a unit or qualification). The nominal hours for a full qualification is the sum of all the required units hours.

For example:
AMP20117 Certificate II in Meat Processing (Food Services).
Generally, requires a total of 14 Units (6 Core Units and 8 Elective units). Depending on the electives chosen, the total sum of unit hours might be 420 hours.
Total Qualification Co-Contribution required: 420 Hours x $1.60 = $672.00
Total Qualification Co-Contribution (Concession): 420 Hours x $0.64 = $268.80

Credit Transfers

During the enrolment process, Trainees will have the opportunity to apply Credit Transfers (CT) for any unit of competency previously achieved through another accredited program. This reduces the number of units the Trainee must do to achieve their qualification. The Trainee will not be charged for any units recorded as Credit Transfer.

For example, for the same qualification (AMP20117) above:
AMP20117 If 4 units equalling 80 nominal hours was successfully completed with another RTO and a Statement of Attainment or USI transcript is provided to Response Learning:
420 Hours less 80 hours = 340 hours
Total Qualification Co-Contribution required: 340 Hours x $1.60 = $544.00
Total Qualification Co-Contribution (Concession): 340 Hours x $0.64 = $217.60

The Co-Contribution Fee may be paid on your behalf by a third party such as your employer or your parents, but it cannot be paid by your training provider.

Withdrawal, Cancellations and Refunds

Something changes in circumstances mean that a Trainee cannot complete the Traineeship. Where this occurs, Response Learning will refund 100% of the Co-Contribution Fees paid for any unit not commenced. Where a unit has commenced, Response Learning will refund a relative proportion of the Co-Contribution fee paid for the unit.

Refunds will be paid to the person or organisation who paid the Co-Contribution Fee only.

Entry Requirements

Response Learning is required to assess an individual’s suitability and language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills relevant to each qualification. We do this using a Skills Check.

The Skills Check ensures you have the best chance to successfully complete your Traineeship. It also informs us of any areas where we can provide support to assist your learning or, if required, refer you to external assistance.

If you believe you may need assistance or support in any areas that may impact on you successfully completing the qualification, please speak with your trainer/facilitator at your induction.

Citizenship, residency and visa Information

As a general rule, only Australian citizens, and New Zealand citizens who have entered Australia on a valid passport, have unrestricted rights to employment in Australia.

Any other person wanting to work in Australia must have a visa allowing employment. Visa holders may engage in Traineeships provided their work rights allow this, based on advice provided by the Department of Home Affairs.

Employers have a legal responsibility relating to the residency eligibility for employment and foreign nationals.

Existing employees

If you are already employed, you can commence a Traineeship. For example, a Traineeship could be used to move from process worker in the meat sector to become a boner or packer.

Recognition of prior learning

As an existing employee or if you have worked in the industry related to the qualification you are enrolling into, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). RPL is a process that assesses the skills and knowledge you may already have. If you are already skilled in some areas you may not need training, just assessment. We do that using a variety of methods including, supervisor reports, workplace documentation, observations of your work, products or activities you have undertaken etc.

Successful RPL may reduce the nominal term of the Traineeship.

Note: Casual or daily hire employees are not eligible to undertake Traineeships, as there is no guaranteed pattern of work (which is a requirement of a training contract).

Existing employees entering in a Traineeship may be subject to the Existing Workers Policy (PDF, 330KB) which may affect funding for training.

School-based traineeships (SATs)

SATs combine study, work and training to provide students with a head start on their career. There are some eligibility requirements that are specific to school-based apprentices and trainees.

SATs attend a regular pattern of structured off-the-job training (often scheduled blocks of training) and undertake regular paid employment during school hours, often spilling over to weekends and holiday periods.

To complete a school-based training contract, a trainee must have completed 50 days of paid employment for each year of the equivalent full-time nominal term.

Employers are required to provide the student with a minimum of 375 hours (50 days) of paid employment over each 12 month period of the training contract. Over each three-month period, the student must work an average of 7.5 hours per week as a minimum.

SATs are not required to pay Co-Contribution Fees.

For further information please go to School-based apprenticeships and traineeships.


To be eligible for free training, Year 12 graduates need to start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training in a high priority qualification with a pre-qualified supplier within the calendar year after leaving school.

Free training for Year 12 graduates applies to high priority qualifications available under Certificate 3 Guarantee or User Choice. To find out more on the high priority qualifications available, visit the Queensland Skills Gateway.

To be eligible for free training, individuals must:

  • have completed Year 12 in Queensland and hold a Senior Statement issued by the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority or equivalent certification
  • enrol and start an apprenticeship, traineeship or training with a pre-qualified supplier in a high priority qualification by 31 December the year after graduating (e.g. 2018 graduates have to start by 31 December 2019)
  • permanently reside in Queensland.

Individuals who hold a visa must also ensure their visa subclass is eligible for subsidised training.

Eligibility rules also apply if entering a traineeship.

Higher Level Skills Program

Response Learning has no current approved qualifications available for the Higher Level Skills program.

Certificate 3 Guarantee Program

The Certificate 3 Guarantee supports eligible individuals to complete their first post-school Certificate 3 level qualification by subsidising the costs of training.

Response Learning has a contract with the Queensland Government to deliver the Certificate 3 Guarantee programs listed below. The Queensland Government pays a subsidy to Response Learning which covers most of the direct costs associated with training, assessment, student support and issuing a qualification.

Please refer to the Certificate 3 Guarantee Fact Sheet for more information.


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
  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or
  • a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency.
  • prospective students must not have a certificate III level or higher qualification, not including qualifications completed at school, and
  • prospective students must not be enrolled in a certificate III level or higher qualification, not including foundations skills training.

Co-Contribution Fee

The Queensland Government requires an individual co-contribution fee be paid for most enrolments under the Certificate 3 Guarantee program. Response Learning is required to charge the Co-Contribution Fee. A Co-Contribution Fee may be paid by another party, for example, a Job Active or Employment Service Provider (ESP), DES – Employment Support Services or similar organisation, or an employer.

Current programs approved for Certificate 3 Guarantee and Co-Contribution Fees

Eligible Participants Only.

Qualification Student Co-Contribution Concession Rate Year 12 Fee Free
AMP30716 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance) $99.00 $40.00 $0.00
AMP30216 Certificate III in Meat Processing (Food Services) $99.00 $40.00 $0.00

Concession Rates

Concessional rates apply for those students that:

  • hold a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Care and is named on the card
  • provide Response Learning with an official form under Commonwealth law, confirming that the student, his or her partner, or the person of whom the student is a dependant, is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card
  • identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • are a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program
  • has a disability
  • are an adult prisoner

If you fall into one of the Queensland Government priority population groups (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; disadvantaged learners; people with disability; adult prisoners) you may be eligible for additional support. Please refer to Certificate 3 Guarantee support for disadvantaged learners.

If you are seeking to enrol under a Certificate 3 Guarantee subsidised program, a Response Leaning representative will provide the pre-enrolment and enrolment information which outlines the course/qualification information, expected duration, eligibility and entry requirements, applicable fees, enrolment process and provide a copy of the Participant Handbook outlining our policies and procedures.

Entry Requirements

Response Learning delivers this qualification to eligible participants with workplace experience of, or employed in, the Meat Processing sector only. Participants must have access to a meat processing workplace to undertake this qualification. Holders of a Certificate III post-school qualification are not eligible for subsided training under Certificate 3 Guarantee. Some applicants may be eligible for a second Certificate III in certain circumstances. Please enquire with our administration team.

As a condition of your enrolment and into a Certificate 3 Guarantee course, you will be required to complete a student training and employment survey within three months of finishing or discontinuing your training.

Paying Co-Contribution Fees

Response Learning delivers only in the workplace. In many cases, our clients pay the fees for the Participants, usually employees. Where the client, or other organisation is not paying the Co-Contribution Fees, the participant is responsible for payment.

Refunds will be paid for any unit not commenced and at 50% of a unit Co-Contribution Fee after commencement.

To make an enquire please go to our contact us page, call 07 3357 4400 or email