Are you eligible for Smart and Skilled training?
- 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.
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 whose training commences on or after 1 January 2017.
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.
Check to see if you're eligible
You can determine your eligibility for Smart and Skilled training by answering a few short questions in the Eligibility Checker. Click the 'Check your eligibility' button at the top of this page. You can then go to the Course Finder to get an estimate of the fee for your preferred course.
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. Read more
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. Read more
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.