What is Smart and Skilled program?

Smart and Skilled is a NSW Government program that helps people get qualifications for in-demand skills and industries. It’s a key part of the NSW vocational education and training system. It helps people in New South Wales gain the necessary skills to find employment and progress in their careers.

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.

Further information about Smart and Skilled is available at

Smart and Skilled Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for NSW Smart and Skilled funding 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.

If you meet all four criteria, then you’re eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider such as Forsythes Training.

Students with disabilities, students who receive Australian Government benefits or allowances and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students may qualify for additional fee exemptions or concessions.

Your eligibility for a government-subsidised Smart and Skilled course no longer depends on your previous qualifications. While previous qualifications do not affect eligibility, they may affect the student fee.

Fees for Smart and Skilled

A single set of fees apply to government-subsidised courses delivered by approved providers.The student fee will be the same regardless of the Smart and Skilled provider the student chooses to deliver the Smart and Skilled qualification. Smart and Skilled fees are set for the full qualification, not yearly or by semester. See our prices, fees and subsidies page.

Smart and Skilled providers must advise students before they enrol of any charges additional to the student fee. This may include optional training equipment and associated expenses like food and transport.

How to apply for Smart and Skilled funding?

Our training can help you, your business, or your organisation with enrolment and paperwork. To apply for NSW Smart and Skilled funding, please contact us. To undertake nationally-recognised vocational training in Australia, you will require a Unique Student Identifier (USI). A USI allows you to access your training records and results. If you don’t have a USI, obtaining one is easy. You can visit the Australian Government’s USI website and get one without any hassle.

You may need to provide proof of identity/residency documents, such as your passport, citizenship certificate, driver’s license, or Medicare card. You may also need to complete a form to consent to the use and disclosure of personal information.

Not eligible for fee-free training?

If you’re not eligible for Smart and Skilled training, or if your preferred course is not on the NSW Skills List, there are other training options available to help you get the skills you need.