Smart and Skilled information for employers



Smart and Skilled supports the skills development of the NSW workforce to meet the state's future demand for jobs. Workers and employers in NSW have a wide range of government-subsidised courses and approved training providers to choose from.


Supporting industry's skills needs

NSW industry is helping to shape funding priorities to meet the state's skills needs.

The NSW Skills List, which defines the courses subsidised under Smart and Skilled, is the product of research and extensive consultation with industry and community organisations. It enables people in NSW to make more informed choices about their training.

Smart and Skilled ensures a supply of skilled workers, as people in NSW access subsidised training and enter the workforce. There is also targeted funding available for higher-level training and part qualifications in priority industries. 

Go to the Course Finder to search for government-subsidised qualifications.


Greater choice

Smart and Skilled offers a wide range of approved training providers – including TAFE NSW, Adult and Community Education (ACE) colleges and private training providers – to meet the training needs of employees.

If you pay the student fee for your employee, you are encouraged to consult with them on their choice of training provider.

You can go to the Course Finder to find out which training providers are approved to deliver Smart and Skilled training.


New fee arrangements

For the first time, a single set of fees applies to government-subsidised training delivered by approved public, community and private providers. The student's choice of training provider does not affect the fee they pay for any Smart and Skilled qualification. Read more


Apprentices and trainees

Government funding is available for the formal training component of apprenticeships and most new-entrant traineeships. Under Smart and Skilled, all apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are subsidised. Training for existing-worker trainees is not subsidised. Read more

For employers of apprentices, the student fee for the qualification supporting the apprenticeship will not be more than $2,000.


How students enrol

To enrol in a Smart and Skilled course, people need to check their eligibility, find the right course and approved Smart and Skilled training provider, get an estimate of their fee and obtain a unique student identifier (USI). Read more


Consumer protection

If you're not satisfied with your employee's Smart and Skilled course or its delivery, you are encouraged to support your employee to address any concerns, as it is the student's responsibility to make a complaint. Go to the Consumer protection page for more information.

Employers of apprentices and trainees have a separate complaints handling process, as outlined in the relevant training contract.


Questions about Smart and Skilled

To find out more about Smart and Skilled, check out the answers to questions that employers often ask. Read more