If you live or work in NSW you have the opportunity to access a subsidised training course under NSW Smart and Skilled.
Smart and Skilled government subsidised training makes gaining your qualification affordable and achievable. The majority of course costs are funded by the NSW Government – and you can reserve your Smart and Skilled government funded training place now.
Smart and Skilled flexible eligibility rules makes subsidised training open to eligible NSW residents, regardless of employment status and the qualifications you hold. Fee Free Scholarship places are available, as well as Fee Exemptions and Concessions.
Now is the time to take up this opportunity. It’s time to get Smart and Skilled!
This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.
If you are receiving a Commonwealth Benefit of allowance, you and your dependents may be entitled to a concession i.e. a lower enrolment fee.
Certificate II Concession Fee = $160
Certificate III and Certificate IV Concession Fee = $240
Concessions do not apply to Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications
The following list shows the type of welfare payments that are eligible for a concession.
Welfare recipients are those who receive the following Commonwealth Benefits and allowances:
A NSW Apprentice on a Newstart Allowance is not eligible for a concession fee.
A NSW New Entrant Trainee on a Newstart Allowance is not eligible for a concession fee.
The Carer Payment is a specific benefit paid by the Commonwealth; this category does not include the Carer Allowance or Carer Adjustment Payment
Source: Source: S&S FAP 2018 – App 4
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are exempt from fees for any Smart and Skilled courses as long as they reside in NSW or in specific regional areas along the NSW border and meet the other Smart and Skilled eligibility requirements.
Eligible students who are on a Disability Support pension are exempt from fees for any Smart and Skilled courses.
Proof of exemption required is a current Department of Human Services (Centrelink) Income Statement or a copy of a current Disability Support Pensioner Concession Card that has been witnessed by a JP or at the Post Office.
The dependants of Disability Support pension recipients are also eligible under Smart and Skilled for fee exemption for any Smart and Skilled courses. If you are a dependent, you are also required to provide evidence from Centrelink to confirm your status.
Other evidence options for disability exemptions include or a letter from a doctor, government agency or specialist outlining the training support needs due to the disability. The College would need to confirm these documents meet the requirements, so it is preferred that a Disability Support Pension Card is provided.
Source: S&S FAP 2018
Concession eligible students aged between 15 and 30 may have their fees waived as a "Fee Free Scholarship".
To be eligible, you need to live in social housing or on the NSW Housing Register (waiting list).
Social housing includes:
You may also be eligible if you are currently in out-of-home care or have been in out-of-home care previously.
Relevant evidence may be a Rental Statement; Lease; letter from your housing agency or emergency housing facility. In circumstances where this is not possible you will be required to submit a Statutory Declaration that will be provided to you to get completed and witnessed. The College would need to confirm these documents meet the requirements.
After you apply to enrol the College will ask you to send through the required evidence of eligibility for a concession enrolment and your ID documents to confirm your age. We will then lodge the Fee Free Scholarship application to the Department.
If approved we will cancel your concession fees payable and refund any fees that may have already been paid.
You are eligible for: One Fee-Free Scholarship per financial year (from 1 July 2015); A maximum of two Fee-Free Scholarships over four financial years (ending 30 June 2019)
Source: S&S FAP 2018 – App 5
Recipients of concessions may be eligible for a Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship. The scholarship is a government subsidy that helps students complete their training under Smart and Skilled without paying a students fee. All qualifications on the NSW Skills List from Certificate I to Certificate IV level are covered.
Access the brochures below to read more on Fee-Free Scholarships and to find out more information on eligibility requirements.
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