Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled courses are government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Courses are marked as ‘Smart and Skilled’ if they appear on the NSW Skills List. Courses on this list are linked to industries that have been determined as a high priority for the state i.e. jobs that will be in demand in the future.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for government-subsidised training you must be:

  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

Fees categories

The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances.

First and second qualification fees

Generally, if you have not previously completed a Certificate I or higher you will pay a lower course fee, the first qualification fee, than someone who has previously completed a Certificate I or higher, who will pay the second qualification fee. However there are some scenarios, which are outlined in the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy document (see below), where this does not apply. The first and second qualification fees are listed on course information pages.

Apprentice and trainee fees

Apprentice fees are capped at $2,000 for students commencing in 2017. Trainee fees are capped at $1,000 for students commencing in 2017. Any student registered as a NSW apprentice or new entrant trainee will be eligible for subsidised Smart and Skilled training, regardless of other qualifications held or previous qualifications completed.

Concession and exemption fees

If you are eligible for a concession you will only pay between $80 and $240 depending on the qualification level of the course. If you are eligible for an exemption you will not have to pay any fee.

Fee free

Some Smart and Skilled courses are fully government-subsidised, meaning you won't have to pay any course fees. They are part of a program called ‘Targeted Priorities Prevocational and Part Qualifications’ and aim to help people develop the skills they need to get a job, undertake entry level qualifications or transition to a new job.

See a list of Smart and Skilled fee free courses.

Fee Administration Policy 

Refer to the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy document for further detailed information.

If you have not yet started studying and intend to begin studying in 2017, see the 2017 Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy (PDF).

If you are currently studying a course that began in 2016, see the 2016 Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy (PDF).

If you are currently studying a course that began in 2015, see the 2015 Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy (PDF).

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