Smart and Skilled information for training providers


HairdressersUnder Smart and Skilled, people in NSW can choose from hundreds of government-subsidised qualifications and a range of training providers.

Approved Smart and Skilled training providers – including TAFE NSW Institutes, Adult and Community Education (ACE) colleges and private training organisations – are contracted to deliver government-subsidised courses.

Approved training providers have obligations to deliver quality training, adhere to Smart and Skilled guidelines and policies, implement the new fee arrangements and establish consumer protection processes.

For a list of approved Smart and Skilled Training Providers see the Course Finder.


Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships

Jobs requiring skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are expected to be in high demand in the future. That's why the NSW Government is encouraging prospective students who are considering training in a STEM-related qualification to enrol and apply for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship worth $1,000.

From 1 January 2016, the NSW Government will provide 25,000 Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships over four years. 6,250 students who are studying selected STEM-related qualifications in 2016 will be awarded a scholarship on a first come, first served basis.

For details as to how students can apply for the scholarship, go to the "Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships" page. This page also contains the list of eligible qualifications. This list is updated with current qualifications throughout the year to coincide with updates to the NSW Skills List.

Please note, students will need their Commitment ID to complete their application. Please ensure that you provide the student with their copy of the Notification of Enrolment document, which shows their Commitment ID, in order for them to complete their application.

For more information, see the following fact sheets:

Providers are encouraged to display the following posters to promote the availability of Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships:

Interested students should be directed to the "Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships" page for further details.


Fee-Free Scholarships

The NSW Government's Reskilling NSW initiative includes the creation of Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships.

Fee-Free Scholarships cover the course fee for eligible people who are undertaking a Smart and Skilled course up to Certificate IV level.

Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships are available for:

  • young people who are eligible for a Smart and Skilled concession fee
  • young people who are or have been in out-of-home care
  • people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and their dependants.

The Fee-Free Scholarships – Information for Providers (pdf 469 KB) fact sheet provides information on the administration of Fee-Free Scholarships.

The following fact sheets may also be of use:

For more information, go to fee-free scholarships.


Quality and performance

Training Services NSW has developed the NSW Quality Framework – in consultation with training providers and industry – to promote excellence, transparency and innovation by training providers under Smart and Skilled.

The Quality Framework provides important information on regulation, Smart and Skilled training provider selection and eligibility, performance monitoring, consumer protection and information, evaluation, validation of assessment, teaching and leadership, and industry engagement.


Smart and Skilled guidelines and policies

The Smart and Skilled Operating Guidelines are an essential component of the approved training providers' contract and should be read carefully in conjunction with the Contract Terms and Conditions and the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy.

Approved training providers should also read and understand the other documents, including the policy and application form for subcontracting, available on the Smart and Skilled Provider contract and policies page of the Training Services NSW website.


Prices, fees and loadings

The NSW Government has introduced new fee arrangements for government-subsidised vocational education and training (VET) with the implementation of Smart and Skilled. Read more

The prices and fees for students are available here.


Training providers' consumer protection obligations

Approved Smart and Skilled training providers must have a consumer protection and complaints-handling system in place, as required by the Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy, the NSW Quality Framework and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Read more


Support for training providers

Training Services NSW supports approved Smart and Skilled training providers with regular information, professional development and other resources. Read more


Questions about Smart and Skilled?

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