Delivery Classification Guide

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Last updated 22 December 2022
Last updated 22 December 2022

The Delivery Classification Guide (DCG) sets out detailed information about which classification a course should hold.

In the DCG, subjects are given alphabetic codes which, matched with a numeric code for the level of study, and with the course content, determine the funding rate received for the delivery of a particular course. The DCG explains which classification a particular area of study falls under and has detailed information on the numeric codes.

It is important to use the correct classification code to ensure the correct level of funding is received.

Funding rate = numeric code + alphabetic code

Example: Degree-level practicum social work courses come under course classification #17: Health-Related Professions. The DCG states that at degree level, this classification equates to Funding Category B1-4. These courses come under numeric code 2 – courses designed for undergraduate degree qualifications. Therefore, the funding for these courses would be B2.

Delivery Classification Guide (PDF 756 KB)

Guidance on changes to the DCG

How to use the DCG

You need to classify your courses using the Classification Prescription available in the current DCG. 

At least 90 percent of the content or subject matter must fit into the classification that you have assigned to a course. We have provided some additional information about the course classifications in the DCG itself. When classifying a course, carefully consider any notes under each classification and the course content. 

The classification of a course may also depend on the qualification level. 

To ensure that each course is classified correctly, choose the name of the course that correctly describes the major content of the course. If you are unsure about an appropriate classification, please contact the Customer Contact Group at

UFS categories

The introduction of the Unified Funding System (UFS) has created six new subject categories for funding purposes and requires all vocational education providers to use the Delivery Classification Guide to inform their funding rates.

Please refer to the UFS funding categories for guidance on the UFS delivery rates.

UFS 2023 Funding Rates

Current funding rates

These rates are as of 1 June 2022 and have been calculated based on the 2.75 percent rate increase for 2023 announced by the Minister. These categories and course class descriptions are subject to change from October 2022.

Funding rates from previous years:

Historical guides

Classification guides from previous years: