Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It’s helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

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

Students can go to the Smart and Skilled website for up-to-date information.


You may be eligible for Smart and Skilled funding if you:

  • are aged 15 years or older
  • have left school
  • live or work in New South Wales
  • are an Australian citizen, permanent
    resident, humanitarian visa holder
    or New Zealand citizen


The NSW Government sets the qualification prices and student fees for government-subsidised training under Smart and Skilled.

The student pays a portion of the qualification price (known as the “student fee”). The balance of the qualification price (known as the “subsidy”) is paid by the NSW Government directly to the training provider.

Please refer to smart and skilled website for further details. https://www.training.nsw.gov.au/smartandskilled/prices_fees.html

What Courses Can I Do?

Capital Careers is approved to run following qualifications under the Smart and Skilled program:

Certificate III in Individual Support Ageing

Certificate IV in Ageing Support

Certificate IV in Business

Certificate IV in Business Administration

Certificate IV in Disability

Certificate IV in Health Administration

Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Certificate IV in Leisure and Health

Obtaining your USI

Before you create your USI, please make sure you have everything you need before you start.  You can use the following forms of ID:

  • Australian Passport
  • Australian Birth Certificate
  • Medicare Card
  • Certificate of Registration by Descent
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • ImmiCard
  • Driver License

Creating a Unique Student Identifier(USI) is quick, easy and free. https://www.usi.gov.au/students/how-do-i-create-usi .Watch this USI video tutorial for students demonstrating how to create a USI.

From the first of January 2015, all students participating in Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications are required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). We are required by Commonwealth legislation to have this number recorded for your training and cannot enrol new students without this number. Your USI may be used for reporting Training Activity Data to the Department.

LLN Assessment

Capital Careers requires all its students to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills assessment to ascertain that the proposed training program is appropriate for you. This is usually done face-to-face during an enrolment visit.

NSW Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy
The NSW Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy outlines the rights and obligations of students and consumers with respect to their training under Smart and Skilled. Please see link below to access the consumer protection strategy.

NSW Skills List for Smart and Skilled Subsidised Courses
Refer to the NSW Skills list for full details of all subsidised courses.

Version 8.6

Version 9.0 – applies from 1st July 2019

Smart and Skilled policies and supporting documents – 2018 (1 January 2018 – 30 June 2018)

The following policy documents are available for training providers and employers who require more detailed information about the administration of Smart and Skilled:

Smart and Skilled policies and supporting documents – 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020

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