For training providers - Smart and Skilled
Introduction for training providers on the NSW Smart and Skilled program. This provides NSW Government subsidised training. Access guidelines, policies, fee arrangements and support.
What is Smart and Skilled?
Smart and Skilled is a NSW Government program that helps people get qualifications in in-demand skills and industries. It’s a key part of the NSW vocational education and training system.
Smart and Skilled gives eligible students:
an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.
Which qualifications are included?
The NSW Skills List identifies which qualifications are eligible for a government subsidy under Smart and Skilled.
Also see the Apprenticeship and traineeship training program search of qualifications.
Who delivers training for Smart and Skilled?
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Who gets training under Smart and Skilled?
While eligibility depends on many factors, Smart and Skilled course participants include people who are:
15 years old or over, and
no longer at school or home schooled students, and
living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas), and
an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
a NSW apprentice or trainee
There are different categories of student fees based on the program, the qualification and the characteristics of the student.
Support for disadvantaged students
Ways that Smart and Skilled supports disadvantaged students includes:
Fee exemptions for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (and eligible partners) for training up to and including Certificate IV.
- Fee free scholarships for training up to and including a Certificate IV for:
- young people who are eligible for a concession fee
- young people who are or have been in out-of-home care
- people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and their dependants.
- Fee concessions are also available to students receiving Commonwealth Government benefits and the dependants of benefit recipients. See Disadvantaged students and Subsidised training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Training providers are compensated through a top up to the subsidy, called a loading, for the typical additional costs associated with providing training to specific categories of disadvantaged students. See Loadings for details.
Essentials for training providers
Approved Smart and Skilled training providers must:
- deliver quality training
- adhere to Smart and Skilled guidelines and policies
- implement the new fee arrangements and
- establish consumer protection processes.
These are key policies and guidelines you must follow:
Guidelines and policies for Smart and Skilled
The NSW Quality Framework has important information on regulation, provider selection, eligibility and assessments.
The framework describes best practice for high quality providers. It encourages behaviour to improve provider performance. It promotes a student-centered approach to training.
Other essential guidelines and policies for approved training providers include:
Access these and other essential documents on our Provider contract and policies page.
Each approved Smart and Skilled training provider must develop and implement a continuing professional development policy. This should include trainers, assessors, administration officers and RTO managers. See Smart and Skilled Teaching and Leadership Policy
Protecting consumers and handling complaints
Approved Smart and Skilled training providers must have a consumer protection and complaints-handling system in place. This is required by the Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy, the NSW Quality Framework and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). See Consumer protection
Prices, fees and loadings
As an approved training provider you need to know the fee arrangements for Smart and Skilled including:
VET Student Loans
If you're interested in becoming an approved VET Student Loans provider, the Australian Government's VET Student Loans website provides further information.
For more information
For further support and advice for training providers under Smart and Skilled:
Contact Training Services NSW. This is the division of Department of Education that looks after vocational education and training in NSW. Talk to Training Market Customer Support Training.Market@det.nsw.edu.au or call 1300 772 104.