What is User Choice?

User Choice is a national policy whereby State and Territory Governments fund RTOs to provide structured training to Australian Apprentices. These funds reduce the cost of the training that an Australian Apprentice or the employer will have to pay under an Australian Apprenticeship.

The amount of funding and training available under User Choice is different in each State and Territory, with each State and Territory having different priority areas to direct their User Choice funds.

Under User Choice arrangements Australian Apprentices and their employers may be able to select the private or public training provider of their choice. This may allow:

  • employers who operate in more than one State or Territory to choose one provider that can meet all of their training needs
  • employers to negotiate with providers on aspects of the timing, location and the mode of delivery, and about the trainer/facilitator who conducts the assessment
  • employers scope to negotiate aspects of the selection and sequencing of units of competence within a training package to provide tailored training that is more specific to their needs and
  • employers to negotiate the purchase of flexible training over and above what is publicly funded through State or Territory User Choice arrangements.

Who can deliver User Choice training?

An RTO wishing to deliver User Choice training can be TAFE colleges or any other institute (including a school) that has been registered to deliver the qualification.

Where can I find more information on User Choice?

For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Apprenticeship Network provider or call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73 or your local State or Territory Training Authority.