Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is new reform for the New South Wales Vocational Education and Training (VET) system that has come into effect 1 January 2015. Smart and Skilled is overseen and regulated by State Training Services, in the Department of Industry.

Funding under Smart and Skilled provides eligible students subsidised training to assist with job opportunities and career development. Courses that are available under Smart and Skilled can be found on the NSW Skills List 2017 v2.2.


Australian Institute of Innovation and Technology has been allocated funding under Smart and Skilled for the following full qualifications and traineeships:

Courses marked with * are offered as both full qualification and as work based traineeship.

Eligible students are provided with:

  • Government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • Government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas


General Eligibility

To be eligible for Smart and Skilled funding at the time of enrolment in an approved qualification you must either:

  • Live or work in NSW (determined by postcode of the usual place of residence or place or work); OR
  • Live in a defined interstate NSW border area (as identified by a postcode in the list set out in the Operating Guidelines) and is Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You must also:

  • Be an Australian citizen; or permanent Australian resident; or humanitarian visa holder; or New Zealand citizen, and
  • Are aged 15 years or older, and
  • Are no longer in secondary education, and
  • Comply with any relevant program eligibility criteria outline

Full Qualification Eligibility

In addition to the general eligibility, to be able to receive subsidised funding under Smart and Skilled Entitlement Full Qualification Program you must not have completed a post-school qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.


Note that if a person acquires a disability after completion of post-school qualification at Certificate IV level or higher and needs retraining in a new entry level career, and provides sufficient evidence that the qualification is necessary as part of a rehabilitation program and that the injury was sustained post school qualification then that person will be eligible to receive Subsidised Training in that Qualification.

Traineeship Program Eligibility

In addition to the general eligibility to be able to receive subsidised funding under Smart and Skilled Entitlement Traineeship Program you must:

  • At the time of Commencement in an Approved Qualification be a New Entrant Trainee and have a Training Contract; and
  • Have the Approved Qualification shown on your Training Contract.

Note: Those whom are approved or registered as Existing Worker trainees are not eligible for subsidised training under Smart and Skilled Program.

Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships Eligibility

Fee-Free Scholarships commenced on the 1 July as part of the NSW Government’s Reskilling NSW initiative. If you meet the requirements you will not need to pay a fee for your qualification.
To be eligible for Free-Free Scholarships a student must:


  • Meet the Smart and Skilled personal and program eligibility rules;
  • Be aged between 15-30 years old when the start training;
  • Be wanting to study a Smart and Skilled subsidised Certificate 1-Certificate IV level qualification on the NSW Skills List that begins on or after 1 July 2015 (see

Priority guaranteed will be given to students whom meet the above criteria and whom as also living in or currently on the waiting list for NSW Social Housing. Please refer to the Smart and Skilled Application for additional information related to eligibility and further information related to social housing. Under Smart and Skilled the NSW Government will contribute to the cost of your course and you will be required to pay a student fee, which will depend on previous completed qualifications and circumstances. Fees are based on the whole course rather than costed annually. Fee exemptions and concession may be available.
Additional information regarding the above qualifications delivered by AIIT can be found on this website.


You can find out more about Smart and Skilled by visiting the, or contact the Smart and Skilled Government Office on 1300 772 104.
For more information regarding the process and application for Smart and Skilled, contact Australian Institute of Innovation and Technology, or you can contact us by phone on (02) 8046 6255.

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