Smart and Skilled

Government Subsidised Training

Specific courses may be available to you subsidised by the NSW Government. You may be eligible to study a full qualification (which is part subsidised) or a part qualification (which is fully subsidised) if you meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and fall into one of these categories:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Person with a disability
  • Long term unemployed
  • Low income student receiving Commonwealth welfare and their dependents
  • Young people (15 – 17 years of age)
  • Migrants/refugees who are unemployed or underemployed
  • Bridging visa A,B,C,D on humanitarian grounds
  • People with other barriers to Smart and Skilled entitlement

Documentary evidence will be required to prove eligibility such as a Commonwealth Benefits Card. For other types of evidence, please call our office on 02 96872072.

In addition to meeting any of the above criteria, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen and;
  • Aged 15 years or older
  • Not at school (except young people at school at risk of not making a successful transition to further training or work)
  • Living or working in NSW

Centrelink benefits: Age Pension, Austudy (including Veterans' Children Education Scheme), Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension (second or subsequent course enrolment per year, first enrolment is exempt), Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment, Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate), Farm Help Income Support, Mature Age Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Parenting Payment (Single), Sickness Allowance, Special Benefit, Veterans' Affairs Payments, Widow Allowance, Widow Pension (including Widow ‘B’ Pension), Wife Pension, Youth Allowance.

For a list of courses subsidised by the NSW Government at the Parramatta College, click here, or we can customise training for groups of eligible participants!

Call us on 9687 2072 or visit the Smart and Skilled website for more information or to check your eligibility.

Smart and Skilled Community Service Obligation – Student Information

1. The Parramatta College Inc (RTO 90276) has funds available for fully subsidised (conditions apply) training under a contract with the NSW State Government. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. It is for people who have recognised “barriers to learning” who would therefore have difficulty successfully completing a full qualification at another provider.

2. Training covered: The subsidy is available specifically for Nationally recognised training in part qualifications (maximum 50% of the qualification)

3. Eligibility: Is subject to your meeting certain conditions. To help us to determine your eligibility and your fee, we ask you to complete an enrolment form (click here) and call us on 9687 2072 to complete an eligibility check with our staff.

4. Fee: No fee is payable for eligible participants. We will check whether you are eligible or not based on your personal circumstances. Call us to check your eligibility.

5. Consent: We will require you to sign a consent form (below) declaring that you agree to information being given to the government for reporting purposes.

6. Evidence: We may need further documentary evidence from you, for example, proof of receipt of government allowances, letter from a doctor, etc. We are required to check eligibility, obtain evidence and retain it as proof that you are entitled to have your training subsidised by the NSW Government.

7. Unique Student Identifier: You will need to obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) number. Visit for more information, or you can ask us to help you do it or even do it for you. Please just ask.

8. What now? Once eligibility has been determined and you sign the consent form and agree to obtaining a USI, we will enrol you.

9. Support and assistance: If you feel you need further support and assistance, please let the enrolment staff or Program Manager know so they can assist you. We can offer additional services as required within reason and make reasonable adjustments to materials and assessments.

Please contact us at the office for assistance and advice and for answers to any questions you may have. Phone: 9687 2072 or Email:

Consumer Protection

Consumer Protection ensures there are measures for students and potential students (consumers) to ensure that they are well informed of their rights and given a clear avenue for complaint.
Refer to our Complaints and Appeals section of our Student Handbook or our Enrolment Information page

Consumer protection officer: Danielle Bensley, CEO, The Parramatta College, 9687 2072,

State Training Services -Student and employer enquiries: Customer Support Centre, 1300 772 104

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