Government Funded & Subsidised Courses

Smart and Skilled Funding for Students:

What is Smart and Skilled?

The government introduced Smart and Skilled as a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. Its goal is to help people in NSW acquire the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides students who are eligible with:

  • Access to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • Government funding for courses Certificate IV and above in targeted priority areas

Smart and Skilled also provides greater consumer protection and confidence. The consumer protection policy under this reform better supports students’ rights, assists in complaint resolution and provides other information of what you can and should expect from Smart and Skilled.

Am I eligible for a Smart and Skilled government subsidy?

If you are enrolling into a course listed in the latest NSW Skills List, you may be eligible for Smart and Skilled funding if you:

  • Are aged 15 years or older AND
  • Have left school AND
  • Live or work in NSW AND
  • Are an Australian Citizen, Permanent resident, Humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen

Your eligibility will be determined by any previous qualifications you may hold.

If you do not hold any post-school qualifications above a Certificate III level, you are eligible for subsidised training for all courses on the NSW Skills List.

For more details, please visit the Smart and Skilled website below.

How much will I pay?

Since 2015, fees are now given for the entire qualification rather than per semester and is payable in instalments.

All providers of Smart and Skilled charge the exact same course fees set by the NSW Government. These fees will differ depending on the course you have selected, the price set by the Government for that course and in accordance to each individual’s personal circumstances.

  • For those with no post-school qualifications, ‘First Qualification Fee’ applies
  • For those WITH post-school qualifications, ‘Second or Further Qualification Fee applies
  • If you are a registered apprentice, your fees are capped at $2000
  • Concession fees apply if you are eligible

For more information on the subsidised courses we offer, please follow the links below to their respective course pages:

Remember, Smart and Skilled qualifications are not the only qualifications recognised by employers. 

Student Information:

Fees and Refunds Policy
RPL Statement
Consumer Protection Statement
Deferring/Transferring/Discontinuing Application Form

For any further information/support about Smart and Skilled, come and see our staff or talk to us for more information at [email protected] or call (02) 9687 8216