Fee exemptions and concessions for Smart and Skilled training


If you are eligible for Smart and Skilled training and you're an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, a student with a disability or an Australian Government welfare recipient, you and your dependants may be eligible for a fee exemption or concession when enrolling in a Smart and Skilled course.

When you enrol, your chosen training provider will confirm your eligibility for an exemption or concession.


An exemption is where no fee is charged to the student. For exemptions, the government subsidises the total cost of the qualification.

Fee exemptions are available to eligible students who:

  • are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (through descent, self-identification or community identification)
  • meet the Smart and Skilled disability criteria (proof of a disability support pension or documentary evidence from an appropriate medical professional is required)
  • are the dependants of disability support pension recipients.

Concession fees

Concession fees are discounted fees for disadvantaged people who are studying for qualifications up to and including Certificate IV.

The concession fee applies to the whole qualification and is a flat fee set for each qualification level, ranging from $80 for a foundation skills course to $240 for a Certificate III or IV.

They are available to eligible students who:

  • are receiving a specified Australian Government welfare benefit or allowance at the time of their enrolment (e.g. age pension, carer payment, Newstart allowance, Veterans' Affairs pension, single parenting payment or youth allowance)
  • are the dependants of a recipient of specified Australian Government welfare benefits or allowances.

No concession fees are available for Diploma and Advanced Diploma students. These students may be able to access Australian Government VET Student Loans for higher-level courses to pay their fees.

Other fee adjustments

Adjustments are made to fees for part qualifications, recognition of prior learning and credit transfer.

More information

For more information on exemptions and concessions, visit support for disadvantaged students.

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Page last updated: 26 July 2017