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.
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.
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.
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. View new fee arrangements.
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. View training for apprentices and trainees.
For employers of apprentices, the student fee for the qualification supporting the apprenticeship will not be more than $2,000.
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 vet.nsw.gov.au. For eligible apprentices there will be no requirement to pay the fee.
If you're a new-entrant trainee undertaking a traineeship on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.
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). View how students enrol
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. View Consumer protection for more information.
Employers of apprentices and trainees have a separate complaints handling process, as outlined in the relevant training contract.
To find out more about Smart and Skilled, check out the answers to questions that employers often ask.
View frequently asked questions about fee-free apprenticeships.
Page last updated: 18 June 2018