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Fee-free apprenticeships

18 June 2018

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.

Smart and Skilled Course Finder planned system outage

1 December 2017

The Find a Course  search and functionality to estimate fees will not be available on the Smart  and Skilled website due to important system upgrades during the following times:

  • Thursday  7th December 2017 from 4.00 PM to 6.30PM
  • Midday  on Friday 8th December 2017 to until 8.00AM Monday 11th  December 2017

Normal service will  resume on Monday morning 11th December.

For enquiries, please  contact or 1300 772 104

Policy for delivery of  Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116)

9 August 2017

Changes to the Standards for RTOs 2015 and the release of the ‘NSW Smart and Skilled Policy for the Delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116)'.

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 of appentices 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.

26 May 2017

The Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy 2017 has been updated and Version 1.3 is now available.

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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.

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.

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.

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Page last updated: 18 June 2018