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Administrative Officers' Employee Training and Development Education Incentive Fund

What is the AO Employee Training and Education Incentive Fund?


This initiative is a statewide training and incentive fund administered by Cunningham Centre (Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service) on behalf of Queensland Health. Under this initiative, Administrative Officers Level 2, 3, 4 and Level 5 (AO2, AO3, AO4 and AO5) may apply for funding assistance (up to $1,800) to attain an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) certificate relevant to their role. Line Managers are to assist employees in identifying suitable AQF qualifications through the Performance Appraisal and Development (PAD) process. Two hundred (200) places per year will be offered for eligible employees across Queensland Health to attain AQF qualifications.

Please note that there may be fringe benefits tax (FBT) implications in relation to the payment or reimbursement of an employee’s Self Education expenses. If the course that you have chosen to study is Commonwealth Supported (and therefore subsidised by the Federal Government) then this will attract FBT. Your local FBT contact will be available for advice in the first instance

Where HHS’ have exhausted their allocation employees are encouraged to discuss SARAS eligibility requirements with their local Human Resources team. A list of alternative funding sources can also be located in the frequently asked questions section below.

What can I study?

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Successful applicants can study any suitable AQF qualification (certificate II to diploma) that has been deemed relevant to their role. We recommend that you discuss this with your Line Manager, as part of your performance and development appraisal (PAD) process.

Who delivers the training?

Successful applicants can choose to study with any nationally recognised and accredited registered training organisation.

How do I apply?

Interested employees must complete and submit an expression of interest to be considered for this initiative. Please note that only the current version of the expression of interest currently available on our website will be accepted. It is important that you read the Implementation Guide which contains more specific details regarding this initiative.

If you are aware of others who may be interested in this opportunity, please pass on the program poster for their information.

Frequently asked questions

Please refer to the following documents for more information:

  • Printable version of the frequently asked questions | FAQ
  • Implementation Guide
  • Who can I contact for further information?

    For further information, please contact:
    t. +61 7 4699 8091

    Last updated: 9 December 2016