Smart and Skilled

Information about the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program

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About Smart and Skilled

What is Smart and Skilled?

The Smart and Skilled is a NSW is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It helps people gain the required skills and knowledge they need to get a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

Eligibility criteria

Students may be eligible to get the NSW smart and Skilled if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

The individual either lives or works in New South Wales, and is:

  • an Australian citizen, a permanent Australian resident, a humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand citizen, and
  • be aged 15 years or older, and
  • no longer be at school.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who do not live or work in New South Wales but live in specific defined interstate New South Wales border areas are eligible for government-subsidised training under Smart and Skilled. For more information please contact the main office.

Students can also check their eligibility on the Smart and Skilled website. This section helps you to check your eligibility for this NSW Government subsidy):

If you are not eligible for Smart and Skilled funding, you have the option of enrolling as a Full fee-paying student. For more information please contact us on 1300 764 828 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. us.

Smart and Skilled Course Information

Details of our approved qualifications are as follows:

Course Code Course Name Student First qualification Student Subsequent qualification Traineeship* Concession
BSB20115 Certificate II in Business $880 $1,050 $870 $160
CHC34015 Certificate III in Active Volunteering $1,450 $1,750 Not available $240
BSB30115 Certificate III in Business $1,320 $1,580 $1,000 $240
BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration $1,320 $1,580 $1,000 $240
BSB30215 Certificate III in Customer Engagement $1,320 $1,580 $1,000 $240
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care $1,600 $1,930 $1,000 $240
FNS30115 Certificate III in Financial Services $1,320 $1,580 Not available $240
CHC33015 Certificate III in individual Support $1,450 $1,750 $1,000 $240
TLI32416 Certificate III in Logistics $1,480 $1,780 Not available $240
TLI31616 Certificate III in Warehousing Operations $2,410 $2,900 Not available $240
BSB30715 Certificate III in Work Health and Safety $1,320 $1,580 Not available $240
BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business $1,580 $1,850 $1,000 $240
BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration $1,580 $1,850 $1,000 $240
BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management $1,580 $1,850 $1,000 $240
BSB50415 Diploma of Business Administration $2,530 $2,850 Not available Not available
BSB50215 Diploma of Business $2,530 $2,850 $1,000 Not available
BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management $2,530 $2,850 $1,000 Not available
CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support Not available Not available $1,000 Not available
BSB40315 Certificate IV in Customer Engagement Not available Not available $1,000 Not available
FNS41415 Certificate IV in General Insurance Not available Not available $1,000 Not available
BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management Not available Not available $1,000 Not available

“This training is subsidised by the NSW government”
*NSW Existing-worker trainees are not eligible to a government subsidy under any Smart and Skilled Program for the qualification that supports their traineeship. The Definition of an existing worker according to State Training Services is someone who “has been employed with an enterprise continuously for more than three months full time or more than 12 months or part-time or a combination of both, immediately before commencement of the training contract.”

Unique student identifier (USI)

From the first of January 2015, all students participating in Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). We are required by Commonwealth legislation to have this number recorded for your training and cannot enrol new students without this number. If you do not have a USI, you can find more information on obtaining one here. Your USI may be used for reporting Training Activity Data to the Department.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students may be eligible for RPL or Credit Transfer. For more information on how to apply for this please see our student handbook or contact us.

Consumer Protection Information

We will ensure all students and potential students are well informed of their rights as consumers and given a clear avenue for complaint. Please refer to the following documents and links for further information or our main office on 1300 764 828 for further information.

Additional useful link:

You can find out more about Smart and Skilled by visiting the, or contact the Smart and Skilled Government Office on 1300 772 104.