Smart and Skilled funding provides eligible students with access to government subsidised training. This subsidy covers up to and including, one post-school certificate level III qualification in priority training areas. Funding for higher level qualifications is also available in targeted priority areas. The Smart and Skilled course subsidy is paid directly to the training provider to assist the employer and student to reduce the cost of certificate III courses. The amount of subsidy provided by Smart and Skilled is determined by the NSW State Government based on their assessment of the demand for skilled workers in particular industries. Smart and Skilled website

You are eligible for Smart & Skilled funding if:

  • You are aged 15 years of age or above and no longer at school
  • You are living or working in New South Wales
  • You are an Australian citizen, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand Citizen
  • You have not completed a certificate IV or higher-level qualification
  • If you have completed a certificate IV or higher you may still be eligible for Smart and Skilled funding however your course fees may be affected.
  • Any student registered as a new entrant trainee will also be eligible for subsidised Smart and Skilled training

Part Qualification and Prevocational Programs – NSW Targeted Priorities

As part of the NSW Government Smart and Skilled program, funding is available for targeted industries, priority groups and vocational pathways. This funding is available (upon application) for programs that are developed in connection with employers and community organisations that lead to a possible job outcome for successful students. These courses are fee-free for the candidates and aim to help jobseekers gain the training they need to be work ready, and to introduce them to the industry.

Priorities for funding:

  • Industries that have skill shortage areas or that can demonstrate the need for entry level skills, rather than full qualifications
  • Industries that are undergoing change, needing to up-skill workers
  • Where employers participate in candidate selection and work experience
  • Industries where actual job opportunities are available.

How to apply for Smart & Skilled funding:

Check out our range of courses and contact us to arrange an obligation free training needs analysis with one of our friendly staff. We would love the opportunity to submit a training proposal with you to have your program funded under the targeted priorities. Visit the Smart and Skilled website here.