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Fee Waivers for Childcare Qualifications NPA

Strategy: Work with the sector to attract and retain a diverse and highly skilled early childhood workforce, including qualified early childhood teachers

In 2009, TAFE institutes participated in the National Partnership Agreement to waive the regulated enrolment fees for diploma and advanced diploma courses in children's services.

As part of the initiative, students undertaking an eligible diploma or advanced diploma course in children's services do not pay the regulated enrolment fees that would normally apply. However, some costs may still be incurred, as the regulated fees do not cover all costs associated with the courses.

Enrolments in Queensland's diploma and advanced diploma courses in children's services increased from 2061 in 2008 to 4659 in 2009. This is a 126 per cent increase and may be directly attributed to the federal government's initiatives to waive the regulated fees.

In April 2010, to ensure a highly skilled early childhood workforce, the Queensland Government announced the availability of scholarships to assist early childhood teachers to upgrade their qualifications and gain teacher registration.

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