Other financial support for Smart and Skilled training


For information on Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships, please go to our Scholarships section.

Additional financial support may be available for apprentices and trainees undertaking Smart and Skilled training. This type of support includes trade support loans, selected allowances and scholarships.

Trade support loans

Trade Support Loans are issued by the Australian Government. These loans help apprentices with everyday costs while they complete their apprenticeship and are paid in instalments totalling up to $20,000 over four years. Eligible trade apprentices can apply for regular instalments according to their needs.

More information on trade support loans is available from Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANPs). Contact details can be found using the Find my Apprenticeship Network Provider search tool or by calling 13 38 73.

Allowances for apprentices and trainees

Additional financial help for apprentices and trainees includes:

  • Travel concessions- a concession card entitles NSW-registered first, second and third-year apprentices and new-entrant trainees to concession fares on NSW Government buses, trains and ferries. Some private transport operators may also allow you to use this concession card.
  • Travel and accommodation assistance- apprentices and new-entrant trainees may be eligible for travel and accommodation assistance if they need to travel more than a 120 km round trip to attend day or block release with their training provider.
  • $100 rebate on car registration- first and second-year apprentices may be eligible to receive a $100 rebate on their car registration.


  • Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships - The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships assist apprentices in NSW who have experienced personal hardship and have demonstrated an aptitude for vocational education and a positive attitude.
  • NSW Country Apprentice Scholarships - the NSW Country Apprentice Scholarships are awarded annually to NSW country-based first-year apprentices whose jobs are in jeopardy due to hardship.

Other assistance

  • Continuing Apprentices Placement Services (CAPS) - CAPS is a NSW Government service that helps apprentices and trainees in skills-shortage occupations who have lost their jobs to find an employer and complete their apprenticeship or traineeship.

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Page last updated: 24 December 2021