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Smart and Skilled (domestic)

What is Smart and Skilled?

The ‘Smart and Skilled’ program in summary. The NSW State Government funds a program called ‘Smart and Skilled’. The objectives of ‘Smart and Skilled’ are to encourage and assist people to gain and/or improve their employment-related skills and to provide pathways towards better careers. ‘Smart and Skilled’ has been running since the 1st of January, 2015. It can help those people eligible by providing funding for the following: Courses up to and including Certificate 111 – Funding is provided for all courses up to and including this level. Certificate IV and higher – Funding is provided for certain, targeted, priority skills.

Are you eligible for Smart and Skilled training?

Are you:

  • 15 years old or over?
  • no longer at school?
  • living or working in NSW?
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to all four questions, then you’re eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.

Types of courses you're eligible for

Your eligibility for a government-subsidised Smart and Skilled course no longer depends on your previous qualifications:

  • From 2016, all students, regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held, are able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level. This means that even if you have a higher level qualification you may still be eligible to re-train to enter (or re-enter) the workforce.
  • You can also enrol in subsidised training at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, depending on the availability of funding for these courses. Previous qualifications do not affect eligibility, but may affect the student fee.

Eligibility conditions

Your eligibility is not affected if you have completed a vocational education and training (VET) course, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, as part of your high school education.

There are also some exceptions to the eligibility conditions described above, such as for Aboriginal people who live in specific, defined areas outside the NSW border.

Eligibility for apprentices and trainees

NSW apprentices and some new-entrant trainees may be eligible for a government subsidy for the training that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship.

More questions about eligibility?

For more detailed information about your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training, check out the answers to the questions people often ask. Read more

Other training options

If you’re not eligible for Smart and Skilled training, or if your preferred course is not on the NSW Skills List, there are other training options, including fee-for-service training.

Important information

You’ll need to confirm with your preferred training provider that they have places available in your chosen Smart and Skilled course at the time you wish to do it.

Department of Industry DOI
Source: NSW Department of Industry