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New campus for Nambucca Vocational College

7 July 2017

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, and Member for Oxley, Melinda Pavey, opened a new campus for the Nambucca Vocational College, which is welcome news for people in the region who want to upskill to work in the growing aged care sector. The NSW Government, through Smart and Skilled, is funding the College to deliver pre-traineeship training in aged care.

Strategy to expand NSW Councils' skills base

23 June 2017

The NSW Government has committed $5 million to develop a strategy aimed at improving the skills of local government workers and, at the same time, increase job opportunities in local councils for apprentices and trainees.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business, John Barilaro, said Training Services NSW had worked with local government organisations to devise the strategy under Smart and Skilled which would deliver vocational skills to prospective, new and existing local council employees. Read more about NSW's Local Government Skills Strategy.

Version 3 of the NSW Skills List released

26 May 2017
New formats have been introduced for Version 3 (v3.0-2017) of the NSW Skills List and the Smart and Skilled: Prices, Fees and Subsidies schedule.

This change is due to the fact that the NSW Skills List is no longer defined by calendar year. Instead, it specifies the period for which each qualification/course is active on the Skills List for a particular Smart and Skilled Program.

  • Major changes to the formats include:
  • One row per qualification per program – a qualification may appear more than once if it is funded under more than one Smart and Skilled program.
  • Superseded qualifications now have their own row for each program under which they are funded. They are indicated as "In Transition" in the TGA Qualification Status column.
  • Each row has Effective From and Effective To dates which indicate the period the qualification is active on the Skills List and for which program(s).
  • Superseded qualifications are indicated as "In Transition" where the Vocational Training Order (VTO) has not yet been updated with the superseding qualification (for the Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program).

View the NSW Skills List and Smart and Skilled: Prices, Fees and Subsidies schedule.

Updated Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy 2017 now available

26 May 2017

The Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy 2017 [pdf 733 KB] has been updated. Version 1.3 is now available and includes the following amendments:

  • A Provider, or a related entity or organisation, must not pay the student fee on behalf of a student unless the Provider is also:

    • the student's employer; or

    • is a provider of government-funded employment services (Jobactive) and the student is a client.

Training providers are prohibited from paying the fee on the student's behalf in any other circumstance.

The Provider must retain student fees that it collects or evidence that either of the two conditions above were met.

  • Training providers must sight or collect documentation from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection acknowledging application for a humanitarian visa where an individual is a Bridging Visa and is seeking to enrol in Smart and Skilled as an asylum seeker.

New job guides available to help you choose your training

5 May 2017

Wondering what training you need to get the job you want? Or are you a careers advisor? Our Job guides can assist you with jobs that have government-subsidised qualifications under Smart and Skilled.

Over 100 job guides are now available. Read them to get an understanding of the qualifications required, what the job involves, the industries you could work in, job prospects and pay.

$14.7 Million to Boost Agri Skills

12 January 2017

The NSW Government is working with peak grain and cotton industry bodies to provide $14.7 million worth of subsidised training over three years to help the NSW agri-sector attract new workers and retain and upskill existing workers.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said the Government was working with Cotton Australia and the Grains Research Development Corporation to deliver an accredited training program under Smart and Skilled.

"Agriculture has a vital role to play in the State's economy - the grains and cotton industries alone are worth some $4.37 billion.

"It's incredibly important that we continue to invest in skills and training both for existing agri-jobs and the agri-jobs of tomorrow.

"Our $14.7 million investment through Smart and Skilled will help the industry build skills in areas including use of farm machinery, health and safety, and business management and also in emerging technologies including use of drones and satellite data in agriculture.

Mr Barilaro said agriculture has been identified as a key growth sector for the NSW economy.

"Our Agriculture Industry Action Plan is a government-industry partnership designed to help increase the value of the agriculture sector by 30 per cent by 2020."

Adam Kay, CEO at Cotton Australia said the support would provide new pathways to skills for the State's agricultural workforce.

"The cotton industry alone is worth around $1 billion to the nation's economy each year and it's an important driver of economic activity in dozens of rural and regional communities in NSW.

"We're constantly looking at new ways to develop and foster our workforce to ensure we have access to the best labour, education and skills now and in the future.

"We're delighted to be working with the NSW Government on this exciting new opportunity to gear up our people with the best quality and latest training with support under Smart and Skilled."

Home schooled students eligible for Smart and Skilled from 2017

25 November 2016

Registered home schooled students may be eligible for Smart and Skilled training which starts on or after 1 January 2017.

To see if you meet all the eligibility requirements to access Smart and Skilled funding, check the criteria on the Smart and Skilled Information for Home Schooled Students fact sheet.

Fee-Free Training for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

23 November 2016

Eligibility under Smart and Skilled will be extended from 1 January 2017 to further categories of humanitarian visas held by asylum seekers and refugees. Eligible visa holders will not pay course fees for their Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate IV level.

Humanitarian visa holders who met the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria have been able to access NSW Government-subsidised training since the commencement of Smart and Skilled. Eligibility will be extended to individuals who hold a bridging visa or specific temporary humanitarian visa and whose training commences on or after 1 January 2017.

Also, from 1 January 2017, asylum seekers or refugees who hold an eligible visa will not pay any course fees for their training under Smart and Skilled if wanting to undertake a Certificate I-IV level qualification on the NSW Skills List.

Having the right skills to secure a rewarding job is important - especially if you have to uproot and start a new life in a new country. Fee-free vocational training will help people gain financial independence from government benefits and make an improved contribution to our society. It will also help people whose previous work experience and qualifications may not have been recognised in Australia.

More information on eligibility and visa types.