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Smart and Skilled


From January 1 2015 the NSW Government is changing the way Vocational Education and Training is funded. This reform is called Smart & Skilled.

Smart and Skilled helps you gain the skills needed to get a job and advance your career, with government subsidies available for some students and courses. As part of these changes, the NSW Government has released the 2015 Skills List which sets out priority areas for training. This means that if you choose to study a qualification that is included on this list, based on meeting eligibility criteria, some of the course fees may be covered by the Government.

To be eligible for a place in a government subsidised course you must be:

  1. an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
  2. aged 15 years or older
  3. no longer be at school and
  4. living or working in NSW OR
  5. registered as a NSW apprentice or new entrant trainee.

In addition if you want to enrol in a government subsidised place in a Certificate III or below you must not have completed a Certificate IV or above.

Those eligible for Smart and Skilled training aged between 15-30 years who are eligible for Government concessions may also be eligible for fee-free scholarships.

From 2016, students with a Certificate IV or higher qualification will be able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled Training up to Certificate III level.

Check your eligibility

To see if you are eligible for a smart & skilled NSW Government place, go to our eligibility calculator or alternatively click here to contact us.

TAFE Western Sydney offers a wide range of Smart and Skilled courses to all qualifying students. To get started, choose the subject area you’re interested in.

Contact by Training Services NSW

If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships


In order to encourage people into high demand job areas, the NSW Government has introduced its $1000 Job of Tomorrow Scholarships. These scholarships are for people enrolled in qualifications from Certificate IV to Advanced Diploma in areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships: read more

Fee-free scholarships now available!


The NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Fee Free Scholarships are now available.

TAFE Western Sydney is encouraging all local people between the ages of 15-30 who are eligible for a Government concession and meet Smart and Skilled eligibility to take advantage of these scholarships when they enrol in Certificate I to Certificate IV NSW Skills List courses.

50,000 Fee Free Scholarships are available each year for four years from July 1, 2015 under the NSW Government’s scholarship initiative. Priority is given to young people eligible for concessions living in or on the waiting list for NSW Social Housing.

Fee-free scholarships now available!: read more

Smart and Skilled Courses List

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