Smart and Skilled training for welfare recipients


If you receive an Australian Government welfare benefit or are the dependant of an Australian Government welfare benefit recipient, and you meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility conditions to enrol in government-subsidised training, you may qualify to pay a concession fee.

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About concession fees

The concession fee is a discounted, flat fee for the whole qualification.

The 2015 concession fees for Smart and Skilled courses are:

  • Foundation skills courses: $80
  • Certificate I: $120
  • Certificate II: $160
  • Certificate III: $240

Please note: No concession fees apply to Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas. Student loans are available for higher-level courses.

Evidence of Australian Government welfare benefits

To be eligible for a concession fee, you must provide your training provider with evidence of your Australian Government welfare benefit or allowance (e.g. age pension, carer payment, Newstart allowance, Veterans' Affairs payment, single parenting payment or youth allowance).

The evidence can be in the form of a current Department of Human Services (Centrelink) Income Statement or a current Pensioner Concession Card. Dependants must provide evidence that Centrelink or another benefit provider accepts the child, spouse or partner as a dependant.

Please contact an approved Smart and Skilled training provider for more information, or see the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy

Go to the Course Finder to choose the right course and training provider for you.

Page last updated: 26 July 2017