Smart and Skilled Funding

Australian College is a Smart and Skilled Training Provider.
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Smart and Skilled Information

What is Smart and Skilled?

NSW Smart and Skilled provides eligible NSW students with subsidised training up to and including Certificate III, as well as government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

The focus of NSW Smart and Skilled is getting people into the workforce by helping them improve language, literacy and numeracy as well as gain specific job skills. Certificates I, II and III are considered the minimum requirements for getting a job.

People who meet the NSW Smart and Skilled eligibility conditions are entitled to enrol in a subsidised course up to Certificate III regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held. So, if you already hold a SIT60322 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management you can still apply for funding for a BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Administration) or TLI30321 Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations (Warehousing Operations).

While NSW Smart and Skilled focuses on entry-level qualifications, subsidised training is also available for some Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level in targeted areas.

You can also find more information about this initiative on the ‘Smart and Skilled’€™ website, currently available at or call 1300 772 104.

Australian College is a ‘Smart and Skilled’ training provider offering qualifications from Certificate II up to Diploma levels as listed below:

Accounting and Finance
FNS30322 Certificate III in Accounts Administration
FNS40222 Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping
Business, Management and Marketing
BSB20120 Certificate II in Workplace Skills
BSB30120 Certificate III in Business
SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail
BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business
BSB40320 Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship and New Business
BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
BSB40420 Certificate IV in Human Resource Management
BSB40820 Certificate IV in Marketing and Communication
BSB40920 Certificate IV in Project Management Practice
BSB50120 Diploma of Business
BSB50320 Diploma of Human Resource Management
BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management
BSB50820 Diploma of Project Management
Childcare Education and Support
CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC30221 Certificate III in School Based Education Support
CHC40221 Certificate IV in School Based Education Support
Fitness, Health and Sport
SIS30321 Certificate III in Fitness
SIS40221 Certificate IV in Fitness
Transport and Logistics
TLI30321 Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations

These qualifications are available under a range of subsidised programs from the NSW Government, including:

  • Smart and Skilled Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program
  • Smart and Skilled School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program
  • Smart and Skilled Entitlement Full Qualifications Program
  • Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities Full Qualifications Program

For current information regarding these programs please contact our office on 02 9386 2500 or email us at [email protected].

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

This is a guide only, applicants are advised to complete our ‘Smart and Skilled’ Eligibility Criteria form or contact us directly to discuss their eligibility for the various programs available.

To be eligible for NSW Smart and Skilled funding applicants must be:

  • 15 years old or older;
  • no longer at school or home-schooled;
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen;

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants who do not live or work in New South Wales but live in specific defined interstate NSW border areas are eligible for government-subsidised training under ‘Smart and Skilled’.

Applicants can also check their eligibility for ‘Smart and Skilled’ funding here:

Applicants who are not eligible for ‘Smart and Skilled’ funding have the option of applying to enrol as a self-funded student. For more information please contact us on 1300 783 283 or email us at [email protected] .

Since January 2015, all students participating in Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Australian College is required under Commonwealth Law to have the USI recorded for the student’s training as part of the enrolment process.

Applicants are required to create their own USI by accessing the USI website here:

Please note: The USI will be used for reporting Training Activity Data to the Department of Education.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is all about the skills and knowledge an individual has collected through work and life experience and then transferring them to current training course requirements. RPL must take place at the start of training, apprenticeship or traineeship after enrolling with a Registered Training Provider (RTO).

Credit Transfer also recognises previous formal learning (e.g. completion of other qualifications). It uses an assessment of previous courses completed to determine whether it can be credited to the new course. The assessment determines the extent to which the previous course is equivalent to the required learning outcomes or the applicants desired qualification.

For more information on RPL and Credit Transfer please see our policy available currently on our website here or contact us on 1300 783 283 or email [email protected].

Australian College is aware of its obligation to provide consumer protection for all students according to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, the NSW Fair Trading Act 1987, the NVR Standards for RTO’s 2015 and the Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Policy.

Australian College is committed to ethical conduct as per all its Policies and Procedures, such as Consumer Protection Policy, Marketing and Advertising Policy, Enrolment Policy, Access and Equity Policy, Complaints and Appeals Handling Policy and Privacy Policy.

New applicants and current Students can also access the ‘Consumer Protection’ information provided by Smart and Skilled on their website here.

It is important to us that our students have the support they need to complete their training course. Australian College has a range of support services available, such as:

  • Internal support via trainer/assessor, administration staff, management team.
  • Identifying language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills required for learning or referrals to LLN external programs.
  • Online learning resources and/or programs to increase access for learners who may require additional support such as learning materials in alternative formats, e.g, in large print.
  • Referrals to counselling services – please, be aware that there may be costs associated with external support services.

Student Support – External Services

Phone No. 1300 655 506 or email: [email protected]

  • For support with your wellbeing and mental health you can find help with:
  • Beyond Blue

24/7 personal crisis support and suicide prevention

Phone: 1300 224 636

Chat online: 3.00pm to 12.00am / 7 days a week

  • Lifeline

24/7 personal crisis support and suicide prevention

Phone: 13 11 14

  • Headspace

National Youth Mental Health Association

Phone: 1800 650 890

Australian College Contact Details
Phone: 1300 783 283 or 02 9386 2500
Email: [email protected]

Smart and Skilled contact details
Phone: 1300 772 104
Email: [email protected]

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