Are you eligible for Smart and Skilled training?


FloristAre you:

  • 15 years old or over?
  • no longer at school?
  • living or working in NSW?
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?

If you answered ‘Yes' to all four questions, then you're eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.

To use the Eligibility Checker:

Go to the Course Finder and click the 'Estimate your fee' button. You can then check your eligibility and get an estimate of the fee for your course.

Types of courses you're eligible for

Your eligibility for a government-subsidised Smart and Skilled course no longer depends on your previous qualifications:

  • From 2016, all students, regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held, are able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level. This means that even if you have a higher level qualification you may still be eligible to re-train to enter (or re-enter) the workforce.
  • You can also enrol in subsidised training at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, depending on the availability of funding for these courses.

Previous qualifications do not affect eligibility, but may affect the student fee.

Other eligibility conditions

Your eligibility is not affected if you have completed a vocational education and training (VET) course, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, as part of your high school education.

There are also some exceptions to the eligibility conditions described above, such as for Aboriginal people who live in specific, defined areas outside the NSW border.

Home schooled students

Eligibility for Smart and Skilled is extended to registered home schooled students [Pdf 339KB] whose training commences on or after 1 January 2017.

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Apprentices and trainees

NSW apprentices and some new-entrant trainees may be eligible for a government subsidy for the training that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship.

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 to 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 to For eligible trainees there will be no requirement to pay the fee.

More questions about eligibility?

For more detailed information about your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training, check out the answers to the questions people often ask. View questions about your eligibility under Smart and Skilled training.

Other training options

If you're not eligible for Smart and Skilled training, or if your preferred course is not on the NSW Skills List, there are other training options, including fee-for-service training. View what are your options if you're not eligible for Smart and Skilled training?

Important information

You'll need to confirm with your preferred training provider that they have places available in your chosen Smart and Skilled course at the time you wish to do it.

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Page last updated: 18 June 2018