About your Smart and Skilled course fees


Smart and Skilled has a simpler, fairer system for calculating fees and government subsidies. Eligible students contribute, on average, between 10 and 45 per cent of the cost for government-subsidised training.

Student fees are set for the whole qualification, rather than year-by-year. With Smart and Skilled, you know exactly what your fees will be upfront from the outset, regardless of how long it takes to complete your qualification. Your student fee covers the cost of all training and assessment.

Check the arrangements for paying this fee with your preferred training provider. For example, you may be able to pay by instalments. Training providers must publish their fee payment arrangements and must inform students about them prior to enrolment.

Prior to enrolment, training providers must also publish and advise you up front of any additional charges for your training apart from the student fee. Typical additional costs to students include optional training equipment that you choose and can keep after completing the training or field trips and associated expenses like food and transport.

Fees take into account the benefit you gain from your training, with lower-level courses generally less expensive than higher qualifications.

Smart and Skilled fees are also lower for students doing their first qualification since leaving school. This is because Smart and Skilled focuses on helping people in NSW get their first qualification.

In addition, your choice of training provider does not affect the fee you pay for any Smart and Skilled qualification.

What about disadvantaged learners?

If you're eligible for Smart and Skilled training and you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, a person with a disability or receive Australian Government welfare benefits, you and your dependants may be eligible for a fee exemption or concession when enrolling in a Smart and Skilled course. View fee exemptions and concessions for Smart and Skilled training.

Apprentices and trainees

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 fee for the whole traineeship qualification will not be more than $1,000.

View Smart and Skilled apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.

To get a fee estimate for your preferred course, go to the Course Finder.

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Page last updated:  26 September 2018