Here are the answers to questions people often ask about Smart and Skilled.
The NSW Skills List identifies the qualifications eligible for a government subsidy under Smart and Skilled. Developed through extensive industry and community consultation and labour market research, the Skills List includes a wide range of vocational qualifications to support the diverse skills needs of NSW employers.
The Skills List enables people in NSW to make more informed choices about their training, knowing that Smart and Skilled courses can give people the skills they need to get a job, advance their career or continue onto further study.
The Skills List covers all industry sectors in NSW and includes qualifications up to Advanced Diploma. All NSW apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are on the Skills List.
For more information view NSW Skills List.
If you are:
you may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.
Providing you meet the personal eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled, you're entitled to enrol in a subsidised course up to Certificate III level.
You can also enrol in subsidised training in targeted priority areas at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, depending on the availability of funding for these courses.
NSW apprentices and most new-entrant trainees are eligible for a government subsidy for the training that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship.
Previous qualifications do not affect eligibility, but may affect the student fee.
For more information view Are you eligible for Smart and Skilled training?
Smart and Skilled gives people the chance to gain the skills they need to get a job and advance their careers.
In many occupations and industries, Certificates II and III are the entry-level qualifications for getting a job. That's why Smart and Skilled focuses on giving people access to qualifications up to Certificate III.
Foundation skills courses at Certificate I and II - which can improve people's language, literacy and numeracy - help people who aren't ready to do a vocational course to gain valuable skills.
Smart and Skilled supports disadvantaged students by offering fee exemptions to:
Fee concessions are also available to students receiving Australian Government welfare benefits and the dependants of Australian Government welfare recipients.
Fee free Foundation Skills courses are available for people who want help with language, literacy or numeracy skills to help them get a job or do a vocational course.
Training providers receive a top up to the subsidy, called a loading, for the typical additional costs associated with providing training to specific categories of disadvantaged students. This is important for meeting equity objectives, as it ensures there is no financial disincentive for training providers to enrol these students.
For more information, view Smart and Skilled training for disadvantaged students.
Smart and Skilled helps regional students access quality training in a number of ways.
For example, the courses on the NSW Skills List are relevant to industry needs across NSW and have good job prospects.
Through this Smart and Skilled website, regional students have improved access to published information on courses and training providers in their regions. Students can search for the courses delivered in their region through the Course Finder.
Approved Smart and Skilled training providers also receive a top up to the subsidy (called a loading) for training delivered in regional and remote locations to ensure there is no financial disincentive to deliver training in regional areas.
All NSW apprentices and new-entrant trainees in traineeships on the NSW Skills List are eligible for government subsidised training for the qualification that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship. Which means that a portion of the training costs are paid by the NSW Government.
Apprentices, eligible new-entrant trainees and their employers can choose an approved Smart and Skilled training provider that best meets their needs to deliver the qualification. Their choice of training provider does not affect the fee that is paid. The fee they pay is the same regardless of which approved Smart and Skilled training provider they choose. Fees for apprentices and trainees are capped.
Rather than paying yearly or by semester, apprentices and eligible trainees under Smart and Skilled pay a fee for the whole qualification. They may still pay in instalments over a number of years, but the fee is an amount for the qualification, fixed at the time the apprentice or trainee commences.
NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee free training under the NSW Government Fee-Free apprenticeship initiative,. This means that the entire cost of the qualification is fully funded by the NSW Government. For more information go the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy. For eligible apprentices there will be no requirement to pay the fee.
NSW new entrant trainees that commence their training on or after 1 January 2020 may be eligible for fee free training under the NSW Government Fee-free traineeship initiative. For more information go the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy. For eligible trainees there will be no requirement to pay the fee.
For more information, view Smart and Skilled apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.
Smart and Skilled ensures a supply of skilled workers for businesses in NSW, as people take up government-subsidised training and enter the workforce.
Workers and employers have a wide range of government-subsidised courses and approved training providers to choose from. There is also targeted funding of higher-level training and part qualifications in priority industries, subject to availability of training places.
For the first time a single set of fees will apply to government-subsidised courses delivered by TAFE NSW Institutes, Adult and Community Education colleges and private providers approved to deliver training under Smart and Skilled.
All apprenticeship qualifications and most traineeship qualifications for trainees who are new entrants are subsidised under Smart and Skilled.
Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee free training. For more information go the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy. For eligible apprentices there will be no requirement to pay the fee.
Under the NSW Government fee-free traineeship initiative, NSW new entrant trainees that commence their training on or after 1 January 2020 may be eligible for fee free training. For more information go the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy. For eligible trainees there will be no requirement to pay the fee.