NSW State Funding 

NSW Smart & Skilled Funding

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.

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.


Are you eligible?

To be eligible for NSW Smart & Skilled funding, prospective students must be:

  • 15 years old or over, and

  • no longer at school, and

  • living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas, and

  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen. or;

  • a NSW apprentice or a new-entrant trainee undertaking a selected traineeship on the NSW Skills List

Previous qualifications do not affect your eligibility.

If you have a Certificate IV or higher qualification you are still able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level, providing you meet the personal eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled. As you already have a post-school qualification, you will pay a higher fee for your Smart and Skilled training than someone who does not have any qualifications.

Who is eligible for Skilling for Recovery?

Participants eligible for NSW Smart & Skilled will also be eligible for Skilling for Recovery. You can check your eligibility for Smart & Skilled using the calculator below. 


Additional to meeting the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria, participants must also:

  • Be unemployed; or

  • Be 17-24 years of age; or

  • Be on Job Seeker or Job Keeper; or

  • On Commonwealth Benefits. 


If you match all of these criteria, you'll be eligible for a fully funded qualification under the Skilling for Recovery Initiative.  

What's next?

If you need help check your eligibility, please reach out and speak to one of our friendly staff today. If you're eligible, please fill out our Expression of Interest course so we can enrol you in your desired qualification today!


Want to know how much Smart and Skilled funding will contribute to your course fees?

Smart and Skilled funding contributions are dependant on each individual's circumstances, in order to provide you with an accurate contribution calculation and remaining course cost you can complete the Expressions of Interest form with the required details and we can email you a quote.

Alternatively, you can click the link below to the Smart & Skilled calculator to obtain an estimate of your eligibility.


Smart and Skilled NSW eligibility calculator:

To use the Eligibility Checker:

Go to the Course Finder and click the 'Estimate your fee' button. You can then check your eligibility and get an estimate of the fee for your course.


Smart and Skilled – Notification of Enrolment Process

On acceptance of the Eligibility Enquiry Report (Quote) by the prospective student, breakthru will complete the Notification of Enrolment process to obtain Commitment ID via the Smart and Skilled RTO portal. This is done to confirm enrolment for the prospective student in accordance with the following being met:

1. Consent obtained from the prospective student via Expression of Interest form with declaration for NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development’s use of prospective student’s information.

2. Unique Student Identifier (USI) must be created by student and provided to RTO or permission given to RTO to create USI on student’s behalf. See student handbook here.

3. Credit transfer or RPL information must be supplied and reviewed by breakthru (if applicable). See student handbook here.

4. Through the provider calculator, breakthru generates Notification of Enrolment – Student Copy and Notification of Enrolment – Provider copy. Start date of the course is confirmed.

5. Notification of Enrolment – Student Copy is emailed to student and both Provider and Student copies are stored electronically by breakthru in the student’s records.

For more information, please contact breakthru Community College on 1800 767 212

Get started today!

Follow these easy steps to enrol

Step 1

Step 2

Choose your state

Step 3

Apply for funding or a quote on your course fees

Step 4

Course funding & fees confirmation

Step 5

Enrol & start studying!

Need help? Contact us.

1800 767 212