New fee arrangements


Smart and Skilled introduces new fee arrangements for government-subsidised vocational education and training (VET).

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

Training providers must publish and advise students up front, before they enrol, of any additional charges apart from the student fee. Typical additional costs to students include optional training equipment that a student chooses and can keep after completing the training or field trips and associated expenses like food and transport.

View Smart and Skilled prices, fees and subsidies for students.

Apprentice and trainee fees

Government funding is available for the formal training component of apprenticeships and most traineeships. Some employers are responsible for paying the fees for their apprentices. This varies according to the industrial award.

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 For eligible apprentices there will be no requirement to pay the fee.

New-entrant trainee undertaking a traineeship on the NSW Skills List pay not more than $1,000 for their course fee for the Smart and Skilled qualification that supports their traineeship.

The student fee under Smart and Skilled covers the costs associated with all modes of training delivery (including workplace training and assessment). Providers may not issue additional charges to students for training delivery and assessment services.

View training for apprentices and trainees.

Disadvantaged students

Loadings are paid to training providers on top of the base price of a qualification to recognise the higher cost of training disadvantaged students and students in regional and remote areas. View prices, fees and loadings.

There are also fee exemptions and concessions available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students with disabilities and Australian Government welfare recipients. View fee exemptions and concessions for Smart and Skilled training.

Student loans

Students enrolling in Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas may have access to Australian Government VET Student Loans. View student loans for higher-level courses.

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Page last updated: 26 September 2018