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?


Please note that this is a general guide only, participants are advised to contact us directly to discuss their eligibility for the various programs available, and can also check their eligibility on the Smart and Skilled website. This section helps you to check your eligibility for this NSW government subsidy. 

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

  • no longer at school, and

  • currently living or working in New South Wales.

If you answered 'yes' to all 4 questions, then you may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with The Change Network as an approved Smart and Skilled training provider. You still pay a fee but the majority of the course fee is subsidised by the NSW government. Please contact us to find out if you are eligible.  You can also find more information about this initiative at the Smart and Skilled website. 

Student Information

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 affect your student fee. Contact us and receive a quote today.

You can also visit the relevant page on Smart and Skilled here

For details on Smart & Skilled contracts and policies, please refer to the website here


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

The table below indicates 2021 course fees and subsidies. 

Disclaimer: Smart and Skilled placements are subject to availability. 

*This cost applies for those who have no other qualification outside of high school. 

**This cost applies for those who have already received a qualification outside of high school. 

If you apply for Recognition of Prior Learning or Credit Transfer the qualification price will be adjusted and a new student fee will be determined. 


As part of the enrolment process, you will be asked to review and sign a consent to use and disclosure of personal information to the Department of Education and Communities and other Government agencies. 


Participants can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT). Should your application for RPL and/or CT be approved by The Change Network as per the Standards for Registered Training Organisations 2015 and the NSW Recognition Framework, the outcomes will be entered to determine any reduction in the course Fee.

RPL is an assessment process assessing your competence against the competency standards you seek recognition for with the provision of evidence. Please contact The Change Network if you wish to apply for RPL prior to enrolling.

CT applies when you can provide a Certificate, Statement of Attainment or transcript that has recorded the same unit code and title of a unit included in the enrolled course. You will be asked to provide a certified copy of your transcripts, as evidence of your seeking CT. Alternatively, you can give The Change Network to check your USI transcript. Please contact The Change Network if you wish to apply for CT prior to enrolling.


If you wish to defer your course you may do so for a maximum of 12 (twelve) months from when we have received notification from you. It is hoped that you should not need to discontinue your course. After this time, you will not be entitled to continue your course. 

If you wish to discontinue your course, we ask that you inform The Change Network in writing. Any refunds owing please refer to the Fees and Refund Section on the Student Handbook available on The Change Network website. 

If you wish to defer or discontinue your course please write, with your reasons, to


The Consumer Protection Policy also outlines the rights of a student who undertakes a VET training under the Smart and Skilled Funding. It includes any measures that have been set by the government to ensure consumer protection are obliged by the training providers, as well as other processes that may assist the students receiving training under the Smart and Skilled funding. You may also visit the relevant page on Smart and Skilled website here

Your feedback is important to us at The Change Network. To protect your rights as a student please refer to the Consumer Protection Policy available here.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact the NSW Smart and Skilled Customer Support Centre direct at 1300 772 104 or visit


As part of their program students may be offered a range of support to meet their development needs. These include:

  • Learning and academic support 

  • Flexible learning options 

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessments 

  • Mentoring and Coaching 

  • One-on-one tutoring 

  • Pre-training interviews 

  • Guidance from RTO staff


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 Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy which you can access here, and 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.