Smart & Skilled

About Smart and Skilled

From January 1 2015 the NSW Government is changing the way Vocational Education and Training is funded. This reform is called Smart & Skilled.

Smart and Skilled helps you gain the skills needed to get a job and advance your career, with government subsidies available for some students and courses. As part of these changes, the NSW Government has released the 2015 Skills List which sets out priority areas for training. This means that if you choose to study a qualification that is included on this list, based on meeting eligibility criteria, some of the course fees may be covered by the Government.

To be eligible for a place in a government subsidised course you must be:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
  • aged 15 years or older
  • no longer be at school and
  • living or working in NSW OR
  • registered as a NSW apprentice or new entrant trainee.

    In addition if you want to enrol in a government subsidised place in a Certificate III or below you must not have completed a Certificate IV or above.

    Those eligible for Smart and Skilled training aged between 15-30 years who are eligible for Government concessions may also be eligible for fee-free scholarships.

    From 2016, students with a Certificate IV or higher qualification are able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled Training up to Certificate III level.

    To see if you are eligible for a smart & skilled NSW Government place, go to and choose the region you live in to see what courses are on offer, once decided, check youyr eligibility and the fees applicable, if you need more information, feel free to contact us by emailing us at .

    AUSCHS offers a wide range of Smart and Skilled courses to all qualifying students. To get started, choose the subject area you’re interested in.

    The NSW Government is offering fee-free scholarships which commenced in July 2015.

    If you're aged between 15 and 30, eligible for a concession fee and are thinking of enrolling in a Certificate qualification (Certificate I to Certificate IV), then you might be eligible for a new government scholarship.

    The scholarship means you can complete your study without paying fees, provided you start your course after 1 July 2015.

    If you think you are eligible, please contact us today to assist you when you enrol by emailing

    What to ask when you enquire ? Click here

    About your course fees Click here

    Exemptions and Concessions Click here

    Smart and Skilled training for disadvantaged students Click here

  • Aboriginal (ATSI) Students Click here
  • Students with Disabilities Click here
  • Welfare Recipients Click here
  • Extra Leraning Support Click here

    Apprenticeships and Traineeships Click here

    Please click on the links below to know more on the Eligibility, Concessions, Fact Sheets of Individuals, Career Advisors, Employers , Job Seekers

    Fee Free Fact Sheet- What is the concession Available? - Click here

    For Eligibility Check - Click here

    Estimating your course fee- Click here

    How much will your course cost- Click here

    Aboriginal Training Fact Sheet- Click here

    Career Advisors Fact Sheet- Click here

    Employers Fact Sheet- Click here

    Job Seekers Fact Sheet- Click here

    Fee Free Pre-apprenticehips and pre-traineeships for School Leavers Fact sheet- Click here

    Disadvantaged Students - Click here

    Consumer Protection - Click here

    Smart and Skilled Fee Free Fact Sheet for students - Click here

    To access the frequently asked questions, Click here

    Smart and Skilled funding is subsidised by the NSW government.