Smart and Skilled

What is Smart and Skilled?

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. Under Smart and Skilled, the NSW Government contributes to the cost of each course with the student paying the balance. If you are eligible, you may even qualify for a 100% fee concession or only have to pay a minimum amount towards the course of your choice.

Are you eligible?

You may be eligible for Smart and Skilled Funding if you:

  • live or work in New South Wales (or a defined NSW border), or
  • are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander who lives in specific defined interstate NSW border areas;

and are

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder (refugee or asylum seeker), or
  • a New Zealand citizen

and are

  • aged 15 years or older, and
  • have left school, excluding registered home schooling students.

So, how much will it cost?

Some of our courses are JobTrainer eligible qualifications. This means that if you meet the JobTrainer eligibility criteria, and commence training on or after 16 September 2020, you will not pay a fee to do certain qualifications. Save thousands of dollars.

Check your eligibility and get an estimate of your fee using the Eligibility Checker on the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled site.

Important Links

More information can be found at:

  • Smart and Skilled website
  • or call the Department’s Smart and Skilled Phone Number: 1300 772 104

Please note: All Smart and Skilled Program Training is subsidised by the NSW Government.
Click on the links below to the NSW Government’s key Smart and Skilled consumer protection and fee administration policies:

Further information about School-Based Apprentices and Trainees, please refer to:

Next Steps

View our Smart and Skilled Student Kit

Discover our Hospitality and Commercial Cookery courses

Discover our Business courses

Discover our Leadership and Management courses

Discover our Aged Care and Disability courses