Smart & Skilled Info.
"Smart and Skilled" is the new system in
place in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and is designed to
help people get the skills they need to find a job and progress further in their
It provides eligible students with:
# an entitlement to government subsidised
training up to and including Certificate III level
# government funding for higher level courses (Certificate IV and above) in
targeted priority areas
To be eligible for Smart and Skilled funding, you need to:
# be aged 15 years or older
# have left school
# live or work in NSW
# be an Australian citizen, permanent
resident, humanitarian visa holder
or New Zealand citizen
Are you eligible? Check now and find out.
What Courses are Available?
There is a wide range of subsidised courses available in most industry areas.
You can search for available courses by using the Smart and Skilled Course
Finder. You can search for courses in your local area, or anywhere in the state
and you can also search based on the qualification level, the length of course
and more - just enter or tick these details in the course finder.
Who Can I Study With?
There are a large number of training providers (over 300) accredited to
deliver courses under Smart and Skilled. TAFE is obviously a big one, but there
are many others too. You can also search to see what training providers are
available in your area.
How Much do Courses Cost?
Each course costs a different amount
depending on the type of course and the level of qualification, however, under
Smart and Skilled the amount you will pay for each course will be the same at
every training provider - ie: every provider must charge the same amount for a
certain course as every other provider delivering that same course.
You will only have to pay a portion of the
total course cost (the rest is paid by the Government). To get an estimate of
what you would have to pay for courses you are interested in, use the "Find a
Course" button above and then use the "Estimate your fee" button on the course
page. (Note: This
only gives you an estimation - you need to talk to the actual course provider to
get an exact amount).
How do you enrol?
Once you find a course you are interested in, the best thing to do is to
contact the provider of that course and speak to them about the enrolment
process. You should also ask them to tell you exactly what the course will cost
you and also if there are any concessions or exemptions available to you.
You will also need to have a "Unique Student Identifier" (USI) - this is a
bit like an account number made up of letters and numbers and is allocated to you.
It is used to identify you when undertaking any
vocational training from the start of 2015. You must have this Unique Student
Identifier before you
can commence any courses. If you don't already have one, you can create one at
below gives and overview of the USI, why you need it and what it is for (click
Concessions and Exemptions:
There are fee concessions and exemptions available to some students such as
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI), students with disabilities and
students receiving welfare benefits.
There are details on these
here - but you should also talk to the training provider of your
proposed course to see what might be available to you.
Frequently Asked Questions:
You can find answers to the most commonly asked questions
You can also get the full overview at