Frequently Asked Questions

 

Questions about your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training

Here are the answers to questions people often ask about eligibility for Smart and Skilled training.

If you are:

  • 15 years old or over, and
  • no longer at school, and
  • living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas), and
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen

or

  • a NSW apprentice or trainee

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?

All NSW apprentices and trainees who are new entrants in specific traineeships on the NSW Skills List are eligible for a government subsidy under Smart and Skilled for the qualification that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship.

Apprentices, eligible new-entrant trainees and their employers can choose an approved Smart and Skilled training provider that best meets their needs. 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.

Rather than paying yearly or by semester, apprentices and eligible trainees under Smart and Skilled pay a fee for the 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.

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 refer to 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 trainees that commence their Smart and Skilled traineeship qualification on or after 1 January 2020 may be eligible for fee free training. For more information refer to the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy.

View Smart and Skilled for apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.

Yes. Your previous qualifications do not affect your eligibility, however they may affect the student fee. As you already have a post-school qualification, you will pay a higher fee for your Smart and Skilled training than someone who does not have any qualifications.

These conditions do not apply for apprentices or trainees who are new entrants undertaking specific traineeships. These students are eligible for a government subsidy for the qualification that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship and pay the relevant fee.

Also, most foundation skills courses do not count as a post-school qualification. View Extra Learning Support for a list of these courses. You do not have to pay a fee to do a foundation skills course.

From 2016, if you have a Certificate IV or higher qualification you are able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level, providing you meet the personal eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled. As you already have a post-school qualification, you will pay a higher fee for your Smart and Skilled training than someone who does not have any qualifications.

You may also be eligible for subsidised training in targeted priority areas at Certificate IV level or higher, depending on funding availability.

If you commence an apprenticeship or new-entrant traineeship, you may be eligible for a government subsidy under Smart and Skilled for the qualification that supports the apprenticeship or traineeship.

There are no limits to the number of previous post-school qualifications an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student can hold.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students do not pay fees for any Smart and Skilled courses.

View further information for Smart and Skilled training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students under Smart and Skilled or refer to the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy.

There are no limits to the number of subsidised Smart and skilled qualifications that you can undertake.

If you meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility conditions and you have not achieved any post-school qualifications, you will pay the lower fee for your first Smart and Skilled subsidised course.

You will pay a higher fee for any subsequent Smart and Skilled courses you undertake.

Any VET qualification obtained as part of your secondary education does not affect your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training, and will also not affect your fee. This is because it is not considered to be a post-school qualification.

If you independently enrolled in a VET qualification that was not a requirement of your secondary schooling and you obtained it before turning 17, this will also not be considered to be a post-school qualification and won't affect your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training or your fee.

If you independently enrolled in a VET qualification that was not a requirement of your secondary schooling and you obtained it after turning 17, this won't affect your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training but your fee will be higher because your previous qualification is considered to be a post-school qualification.

For more information about your specific situation, contact an approved Smart and Skilled training provider. Go to the Course Finder to find the contact details for approved Smart and Skilled training providers that deliver your preferred course.

You are eligible to enrol in Smart and Skilled training if your immigration status falls under one of the Australian Department of Home Affairs - refugee and humanitarian or Onshore - Protection visa categories.

You and your approved Smart and Skilled training provider are advised to review these categories on the Australia Department of Home Affairs website at the time of your enrolment.

View Smart and Skilled information for Asylum seekers and refugees.

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