The NSW Skills List defines the courses subsidised under 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 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.

Courses on the NSW Skills List

The Skills List covers all industry sectors in NSW and includes qualifications up to Advanced Diploma. All NSW apprenticeships and selected new entrant traineeships are on the Skills List.

The Skills List is reviewed each year to meet the changing skill needs of NSW industry and is published to inform students and training providers about the subsidised qualifications available in the following year. The List is also updated regularly during the year to reflect changes to qualifications already on the List and to add any new qualifications approved for inclusion.

Types of qualifications on the Skills List - entitlement and targeted priorities

Smart and Skilled qualifications on the NSW Skills List are grouped into two programs – Entitlement and Targeted Priorities.

Entitlement qualifications comprise:
  • Certificate I and II foundation skills qualifications and Certificate II and III vocational qualifications. People who meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility conditions are entitled to enrol in a subsidised course up to Certificate III regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held.
  • Apprenticeship and selected new-entrant traineeship qualifications at all levels. NSW apprentices and most new-entrant trainees may be eligible for a government subsidy for the training that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship.
Targeted Priorities include:
  • Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma full qualifications. People who meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility conditions can enrol in subsidised training at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, depending on the availability of funding for these courses.
  • Pre-vocational and part qualifications, including skill sets. These are targeted at key groups and sectors and are subject to funding availability.

Further information

  • To check your eligibility for government-subsidised training or to find a Smart and Skilled course, go to the Course Finder.
  • To find out more about eligibility for Smart and Skilled, go to the Are you eligible? page.
  • View more information about Smart and Skilled prices and fees.
  • View the NSW Skills List.

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Page last updated: 26 July 2017