Smart and Skilled is a NSW Government initiative supporting people in NSW to get the knowledge and skills required to find sustainable employment and advance in their chosen field.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with an entitlement to Government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III and for higher level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas. 

Are you Eligible for Smart & Skilled Training?

To be eligible you need to meet the minimum criteria below:

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

  • aged 15 years or older and no longer at school, and

  • currently living or working in New South Wales.

Student Fees

Smart and Skilled subsidised student fees depend on your:

  • eligibility requirements

  • personal circumstances

  • previous Government funding accessed and

  • post-school qualifications


There are various factors that effect your student fee. Contact us and receive a quote today.

What Courses are Covered by the Funding?

The Skills List covers all qualification levels from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma and includes foundation skills, apprenticeships, traineeships, and accredited courses.

The Change Network offers qualifications in the regions of Sydney and Far West/Orana. 


Once you have decided on your course of study please contact The Change Network and discuss the enrolment procedure. You will be asked to fill in an enrolment form which will include some specific eligibility questions. The Change Network will submit your application for enrolment to Smart and Skilled and obtain a formal quote detailing your course and applicable student fee (if any). You will have seven (7) days in which to accept the quotation. Once you accept the quote your enrolment will be finalised and you can begin your course on the start date.

As part of the enrolment process you will be asked to:

  • consent to use and disclosure of personal information to the Department of Education and Communities and other Government agencies

  • sign a declaration that all information provided is true accurate complete and not misleading in any way

  • confirm that you have received details of the fees chargeable

  • provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI) – this can be obtained from the Unique Student Identifier website but only needs to be obtained once. If you already have a USI please use that number on your enrolment application. Please refer to for further information or to obtain your own Unique Student Identifier.


As part of this process, and prior to confirming your enrolment, you will be given a Student Handbook. This Handbook will provide appropriate information in relation to fees, Recognition of Prior Learning, Credit Transfer, the process for deferring or discontinuing your studies, consumer protection information, and how to access support and assistance including contact details.


This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.