TAFE Queensland is working to support residential care for Queensland’s most vulnerable children and young people. In partnership with the Queensland Government and PeakCare Queensland, TAFE Queensland has designed a training program for eligible residential care workers to meet the new minimum qualification standard for all residential care staff working in Queensland. 


In 2017, the Queensland Government announced the introduction of new minimum qualification standards for residential care workers. The standards require residential care workers to hold or be working towards a recognised relevant qualification. A Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) (CHC40313) is the preferred qualification for staff who do not hold a recognised qualification as the skills and knowledge required are more relevant to the residential care setting. 

The minimum qualification standard took full effect from 1 January 2019 with all staff (new or existing) required to hold or be working towards a recognised qualification.


How TAFE Queensland can help

TAFE Queensland is the preferred provider of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT) and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (DCSYW) to deliver the Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) (CHC40313) to support the residential care sector in meeting the minimum qualification standards for its workers.



This program is subsidised through the Queensland Government’s Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy (RSAS). The total cost of completing the Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) (CHC40313) with TAFE Queensland is just $100 for eligible workers.


How does it work?

TAFE Queensland will work with existing eligible workers and their organisations to develop individual training plans, including opportunities to recognise previously attained qualifications and experience in the sector.

Download the training delivery schedule (131 KB)

Eligibility criteria 

To be eligible for this funding participants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 15 years or over
  • no longer at school
  • permanently reside in Queensland
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen 
  • employed by an organisation (including agency staff and volunteers) that provides licensed residential care services in Queensland, and either supervises or directly provides care to children and/or young people.

If you are not eligible for this funding, you may still undertake training in the Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) (CHC40313) at one of our TAFE Queensland locations.

course units

Students undertaking this course will gain knowledge to improve their skills in youth and family intervention, including practice specialisations in residential and out of home care, family support and early intervention. Students undertaking this course will benefit from studying the following units:

Unit code

Unit description


CHCPRT005 Work within a practice framework Core
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care Elective
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships Core
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond approvpriately to domestic and family violence Elective
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs Elective
CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour Elective
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk Core
CHCPRT003 Work collaboratively to maintain an environment safe for children Core
CHCCCS006 Facilitate individuakl service planning and delivery Core
CHCPRT009 Provide primary residential care Elective
Applications closed - Funding still available for GAP and RPL

Applications for the final intake of the Certificate IV in Child, Youth and Family Intervention (Residential and Out of Home Care) (CHC40313) under the Residential Care Minimum Qualification Standards (MQS) program have closed. Funding is still available for eligible workers completing gap training or recognition of prior learning (RPL) in order to achieve the minimum qualification standard by the prescribed date.

If you’re a residential care worker who hasn’t yet achieved minimum competency for the industry, please complete the below application form to express your interest in the Residential Care MQS Program with TAFE Queensland. Our team will be in touch to discuss available training and/or assessment options.

How to apply


To apply for the Minimum Qualification Standards program simply complete our online application form. In order to streamline your application, please ensure all relevant eligibility documents are attached to the application before you submit it. A TAFE Queensland representative will contact you within 3 business days, to discuss your application and provide more information about the program, including development of individualised training plans.

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Enquire now

If you are a licensed provider of residential care services in Queensland, and would like to attend one of the information sessions, or find out more about this program, please enquire now below.

If you are an existing worker in the residential care industry and would like more information before you submit an application, please also enquire now below.

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Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy

The Queensland Residential Care Workforce – Minimum Qualification Standards Program is a project funded through the Regional Skills Adjustment Strategy (RSAS). RSAS is a three-year initiative targeting specific regions of Queensland facing economic uncertainty, by supporting workers that are at risk of being displaced from traditional industries, or retrenched as a result of significant company closures. RSAS also provides proactive support to employers in target sectors, to build workforce resilience and address skills or labour shortages. RSAS supports those individuals to gain the foundation, employability and technical skills needed to transition to the jobs of the future.

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