Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It’s helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

From 1 January 2015, 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.


Go to the Smart and Skilled website


See attached 2016 Skills List


Students can go to the Smart and Skilled website for up-to-date information. While there they can use the Course Finder to check their eligibility, find the right Smart and Skilled course and approved training provider, and estimate their student fee.

The website has information for students on:

  • Smart and Skilled fee arrangements
  • how to enrol
  • support for disadvantaged students
  • apprenticeships and traineeships
  • consumer protection
  • recognising skills

Employers and training providers can also go to the Smart and Skilled website for the latest news and information about fee arrangements, apprenticeships and traineeships, consumer protection and much more.

Factsheet on Targeted Priorities, Prevocational and Part Qualifications Program

Prevocational and Part Qualifications Training – Fact Sheet (v1.0)

2016 Smart and Skilled Part qualification funding is available for Jobseekers (looking for work) and Existing workers (employees) within all Industry sectors.

RTO’s apply to the Department of Industry via the Training Needs Identification form (see attached):

Training Needs Indentification Form Aug 2015 for assessment and approval.

  • Agriculture

  • Community Services

  • Construction

  • Hospitality

  • Manufacturing

  • Mining

  • Retail

Updated as at 19 January 2016