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Smart and Skilled


The Smart and Skilled program is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It helps people gain the required skills and knowledge they need to get a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • 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.


Students may be eligible to get the NSW smart and Skilled if they meet the following eligibility criteria:

The individual either lives or works in New South Wales, and is:

  • an Australian citizen, a permanent Australian resident, a humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand citizen, and

  • be aged 15 years or older, and

  • no longer be at school.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who do not live or work in New South Wales but live in specific defined interstate New South Wales border areas are eligible for government-subsidised training under Smart and Skilled. For more information please contact the main office. Students can also check their eligibility on the Smart and Skilled website


Should you be ineligible for a government subsidised place, Work Savvy offers this exact qualification under our fee-for-service (FFS) arrangement.


For more information about this payment option, read the Fee for Service section available on each of the individual qualification pages.

  • Work Savvy does not accept upfront payments of more than $1,500. If a student’s fee is more than this amount, the support of a flexible payment plan will be offered to the student.


Students may be eligible for RPL or Credit Transfer. For more information on how to apply for this please see our student handbook or contact us.


From the first of January 2015, all students participating in Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). We are required by Commonwealth legislation to have this number recorded for your training and cannot enrol new students without this number. If you do not have a USI, you can find more information on obtaining one here. Your USI may be used for reporting Training Activity Data to the Department.

Course Information

Smart and Skilled Approved Qualification Details

Consumer Protection Information.

We will ensure all students and potential students are well informed of their rights as consumers and given a clear avenue for complaint. Please refer to the following documents and links for further information or our main office on 1300 91 31 61 for further information.

Additional useful links:


You can find out more about Smart and Skilled by visiting the, or contact the Smart and Skilled Government Office on 1300 772 104.


We're here to help you, every step of the way.
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