Helping to put education within your reach

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job or advance their current careers. Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

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

We are an approved provider of NSW Smart and Skilled subsidised courses across most regions of NSW, including the greater Sydney Metro region. With Smart and Skilled, you have more choice when selecting courses.
To find out more about the NSW Smart and Skilled program click here.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Are you eligible?

  • 15 yrs +
  • Left school
  • Live or work in NSW
  • Australian citizen,
    permanent resident,
    humanitarian visa holder,
    or NZ citizen

Fee-FREE Qualifications – Skilling for Recovery – NSW

What is Skilling for Recovery?

Skilling for Recovery is part of a matched funding commitment of almost $320 million between the NSW and Australian governments under the JobTrainer Fund, which will offer additional fee-free training places for eligible students. Skilling for Recovery will support those most affected by current economic conditions to gain skills in priority and growth industry areas, so they can take advantage of future job opportunities as the economy recovers from the effects of COVID-19.

Who is Eligible for Skilling for Recovery Fee-Free Training?

If you are any of these:

  • 17 – 24 years of age
  • Unemployed – either receiving benefits or not
  • At risk of losing your job or being made redundant
  • On Job Seeker or Job Keeper
  • On Commonwealth Benefits

If you match these criteria, you are likely to be eligible for a FREE qualification under NSW Skilling for Recovery.
Take advantage of this and upskill while the NSW Government will fund 100% of the costs of your training.
If you are still working or don’t not fall under any of the above categories you are still likely to be eligible for a LOW COST qualification, 40% to 60% subsidised under the NSW Smart and Skilled program.
Give us a call to access the available qualifications. We can help you to choose the best option!

NSW Smart and Skilled Enrolment Process and requirements

As part of your approval for NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled subsidised funding, the following requirements must be met:

1) Complete the Enrolment Form in full
2) Provide a verified USI
3) Provide evidence of your Citizenship (Australian, New Zealand or Permanent Resident). A Medicare card is the easiest document to use.
4) Provide evidence that you live in NSW* (a drivers’ licence or another document issued by Commonwealth or State Government that clearly shows your address). If you do not live in NSW, but you do work in NSW, you will need to provide a letter from your employer stating this.
5) If you are eligible for a concession or exemption, you need to provide specific evidence as stated in the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy.
6) You will sign a consent form, to enrol you into the Smart and Skilled portal.
7) You will also sign a declaration that you have read and understand a list of policies/rights and responsibilities etc.

*In order to receive Smart and Skilled Funding, you need to be a resident of New South Wales. Should you move to another state, you will become a fee for service student. The State Government provides subsidised training only for those students who live and/or work in NSW.

All Smart and Skilled enrolments

As from July 1, 2019, the NSW Government Smart and Skilled subsidised funding program has increased its evidence requirements.

From now on, ALL Smart and Skilled students must provide evidence of citizenship and evidence that they either live or work in NSW.

Until we receive all the data required, we will be unable to apply for your Smart and Skilled funding.

Are you eligible?

  • 15 yrs +
  • Left school
  • Live or work in NSW
  • Australian citizen,
    permanent resident,
    humanitarian visa holder,
    or NZ citizen

What sort of evidence do I need to provide?

1) Proof of living/working in NSW

upload a copy of a government issued document that has both your name and address on it. This may be a driver’s licence, rates notice, water account etc.

Alternatively, if you do not live in NSW but you do work in NSW, you will need to provide a letter from your employer.

MCI must receive this evidence before your Smart and Skilled funding can be confirmed.

2) Citizenship/Residency Status

If you are an Australian Citizen:

  • Australian birth certificate; or
  • Australian Passport; or
  • Certificate of Australian Citizenship (Naturalisation Certificate); or
  • Green Medicare Card

New Zealand Citizen:

  • New Zealand birth certificate; or
  • New Zealand Passport; or
  • Green Medicare Card

Permanent Australian Resident:

  • A Certificate if Evidence of Resident Status (CERS), which confirms status as an Australian Permanent resident; or
  • Use the Department of Immigration Online Protection’s Visa Entitlement Verification online (VEVO) facility to confirm status as
  • Australian permanent resident and check passport; or
  • Green Medicare Card
  • Alternatively, if you do not live in NSW but you do work in NSW, you will need to provide a letter from your employer.

How do I provide my evidence?

There are two different ways that you can send us your evidence:

1) You can take a photo of yourself with Photo ID

Make sure the photograph of yourself:

– Has been taken within the last hour
– Take a photo of yourself holding one of your identity documents that contains a photo, such as passport or drivers licence
– Does not include other people in the background

OR

2) You can scan/email copies of the documents

required to admin@agc.edu.au, however, they must be certified by an eligible person – please check this website for a list of eligible certifiers.

Concession / Exemptions

What if I think I might be eligible for a Concession or Exemption from the Student Contribution Fee?

You may be eligible for a Concession or exemption from the Smart and Skilled Student Contribution Fee, depending on your circumstances. Please see below.

These are the most common types, but for a full list of Concessions, Exemptions and the evidence required, please see the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy.

Disability Assessment Type

As part of the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled evidence requirements, if you wish to apply for an exemption from the Student Contribution Fee on the basis or receiving a Disability Support Pension, you must upload a copy of:

A document from Centrelink clearly showing your name, CRN number and that you are receiving the Disability Support Pension.

Please see the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy for details of other disability categories, and the evidence required for exemption.

Welfare listing

As part of the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled evidence requirements, if you wish to apply for a Concession for the Student Contribution Fee of $240 (for Certificate III and IV only) based on your Welfare status, you must upload a copy of:

– A document from Centrelink clearly showing your name, CRN number and the Benefit that you are receiving from Centrelink you are receiving the Disability Support Pension.

Concession is only applicable to Commonwealth Government Welfare Recipients of one or more of the following:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment
  • Exceptional Circumstance Relief Payment
  • Family Tax Benefit A – Maximum Rate
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Veterans Affairs Pensions
  • Veterens’ Children Education Scheme
  • Widow Allowance
  • Widow B Pension
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance

Please ensure that your document shows the full benefit that you are receiving: for example, the Income Statement below, clearly shows that the applicant is receiving Maximum Rate Family Tax Benefit (A), therefore, they would be eligible for the concession

Policies that you should make yourself familiar with (in relation to Smart and Skilled)

To enroll in a Smart and Skilled course, the process is as follows

The first thing you should do is to read the AGC Student Handbook ( link to the Student Handbook)and the relevant Course Guide (available on each course on the website). You will, during the enrolment process have to sign a declaration that you have read and understand:
1) The structure of the course – the units of competency, start/end dates, assessment methods etc
2) The process for applying for Credit Transfer or RPL
3) Your rights and responsibilities
4) The fees, charges and refunds policy that applies to your course (and any additional requirements)
5) The withdrawal procedure
6) The complaints and grievances procedure
7) Any other specific requirements of your course (Pre-requisites, entry requirements etc)

You will need to:

1) Complete the AGC Enrolment Form
2) Provide us with a valid USI (you cannot be enrolled into Smart and Skilled without this)
3) Provide us required evidence (you cannot be enrolled into Smart and Skilled without these)
4) Complete an LLN test
5) Complete a pre-enrolment interview

Once we have enrolled you in the Smart and Skilled portal, we will issue you with a Notification of Enrolment. This fee is payable by you and may be paid either upfront or by payment plan.

You will be given access to AGC’s Learner Portal, which is a Learning Management System (LMS), in which you will find your learning resources and assessments.

Once all assessments have been submitted and marked as competent, you will receive your qualification/statement of attainment (either directly or via your employer), within 21 days.