Your Future Skills Begin Here

As part of the Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Initiative, ASTRA Group Services are approved to provide cost-effective nationally recognised training to the Building and Civil Construction Industry.

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CSQ is an independent, not-for-profit, industry funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry.

What’s available under the CSQ Funding Initiative:

The 21.22 CSQ funding contract runs from 1 October 202130 September 2022.

Short Course programs provide funding to assist with upskilling and cross-skilling workers in the building and construction industry. Short Courses are individual competencies and sill sets designed to provide flexible solutions to workers wanting to update their skills and knowledge.


Courses Available (Building)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
Health and Safety Representative (HSR) course (Full)$ 50.00$ 589.00
Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Refresher$ 25.00$ 268.00
MSMWHS217 Gas Test Atmospheres$ 1.00$ 202.00
TLILC0003 Licence to operate a Forklift Truck$ 25.00$ 451.00
CPCCDE3014 Remove non-friable asbestos$ 1.00$ 225.00
TLILIC0002 Licence to operate a Vehicle Loading Crane$ 50.00$1 159.00
TLILIC0005 Licence to operate a boom-type Elevating Work Platform$ 350.00$ 528.00
Asbestos General Awareness Training (non-accredited)$ 1.00$ 150.00
Courses Available (Construction)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
RIIWHS204E Work safely at heights$ 1.00$ 225.00
RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces$ 1.00$ 300.00
RIIMPO317F Conduct roller operations$ 25.00$ 500.00
RIIMPO318F Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO321F Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIICCM202E Identify, locate and protect underground services$ 1.00$ 227.00
RIIRIS301E Apply risk management processes (S1)$ 25.00$ 240.00
RIICOM301E Communicate information (S3)$ 25.00$ 227.00
RIIHAN308F Load and unload plant$ 25.00$ 266.00
RIIHAN309F Conduct telescopic materials handler operations$ 50.00$ 540.00
RIIMPO316E Conduct self-propelled compactor operation$ 200.00$ 404.00
RIIMPO319F Conduct backhoe/loader operations$ 150.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO323E Conduct civil construction dozer operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO324F Conduct civil construction grader operations$ 250.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO325E Conduct civil construction scraper operations$ 25.00$ 505.00
RIIMPO337E Conduct articulated haul truck operations$ 250.00$ 569.00
RIIHAN301E Operate elevating work platform$ 50.00$ 505.00

Contribution Fee:
This initiative allows the employer or employee to cover the ASTRA Co-contribution Training fee.

Funding Rebate:
The funding rebate for each course conducted during the contract term is listed above.

Funding is not available for any Units of Competency previously completed by a Participant.

You must be able to provide evidence of identification and current employment and is mandatory for your eligibility.

A program for workers and career seekers with significant experience, the Skills Assessment and Gap Training (SAGT) provides a pathway for participants to have their existing skills recognised and provide Gap Training to achieve Qualifications within the Building and Construction Industry in Queensland.


Nationally Recognised Qualifications Available (Building)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
AHC30916 Certificate III in Landscape Construction$ 50.00$5 500.00
Nationally Recognised Qualifications Available (Construction)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
RII30820 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations$ 50.00$5 500.00
RII30920 Certificate III in Civil Construction$ 50.00$5 500.00

Contribution Fee:
This initiative allows the employer or employee to cover the ASTRA Co-contribution Training fee.

Assessment Funding:
The Assessment Funding Rate for each Assessment conducted during the Contract Term is $1,500.00 per Assessment.

Gap Training Rebate*:
Gap Training rebate up to a maximum of eight (8) Gap Training Products; or a maximum of 500 nominal hours, whichever comes first.

In order to meet the eligibility requirements, participants must be able to demonstrate 70% or more RPL (recognised prior learning) experience.

Participants may use credit transfers towards the achievement of a qualification, however, no more than 50% of the minimum number of units required to complete the Qualification are achieved through direct credit transfer, and Skills Assessment and Gap Training must lead to awarding the full Qualification.

In order to receive funding, participants must successfully meet and complete the RPL process and complete 2 gap training units. If these requirements are not met, the full cost of the training will be payable.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

  • You must be a Qld Resident and must provide evidence of your residential status
  • You cannot be a current apprentice or trainee

The Higher Qualification (HQ) program aims to retain the skills of existing workers in the building and construction industry by providing access to Certificate IV and higher vocational qualifications.


Nationally Recognised Qualifications Available (Building)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
BSB41419 Certificate IV in Work Health & Safety$ 50.00$2 700.00
BSB51319 Diploma in Work Health & Safety$ 50.00$2 761.00
Nationally Recognised Qualifications Available (Construction)Contribution FeeCSQ Rebate
RII40720 Certificate IV in Civil Construction (Supervision)$ 50.00$4 725.00

Contribution Fee:
This initiative allows the employer or employee to cover the ASTRA Co-contribution Training fee.

Funding Rebate:
The Funding Rate for each Qualification conducted during the contract term is listed above.

Funding is not available for any Units of Competency or Qualifications previously completed by a Participant.

You must be able to provide evidence of identification and current employment and is mandatory for your eligibility.

Eligibility Requirements

1) Right to Work in Australia

You must be:

  • Australian or New Zealand Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • A Visa holder with relevant permission to work

2) Permanently Work in Queensland (in the Building & Construction Industry)

You must be:

  • An existing worker
  • An eligible worker
  • An unemployed eligible worker (unemployed for a period not greater than 4 years)
  • An active apprentice or trainee registered in Qld, undertaking a CSQ approved apprenticeship/traineeship

An eligible worker within the Building and Construction Industry needs to be relevant to residential works, commercial developments and civil construction projects such as:

  • residential and commercial building construction
  • civil infrastructure
  • renovations and extensions of residential and commercial buildings
  • installation services for interiors of residential and commercial buildings and the associated trades: electrical, plumbing, flooring etc
  • land development and site preparation for the purpose of construction
  • work for a designated Major Project including applications of heavy and civil engineering used in the construction of infrastructure

and this has to form the majority of your work to be considered substantially engaged within the industry to meet the eligibility determination in the  Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Services Leave) Act 1991 (Qld).

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