Smart & Skilled Subsidised Training - Northern Beaches Community College

Smart & Skilled Subsidised Training

What is Smart & Skilled?

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. Under Smart and Skilled the NSW Government contributes to the cost of an approved course with the eligible student paying the balance.

From 1 January 2015, Smart and Skilled has provided 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.


To be eligible for Smart & Skilled you must be:

  • An Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, Australian permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder or a partner visa holder whose sponsor is a humanitarian visa holder
  • Aged 15 years or older
  • No longer be at school (excluding registered home schooled students)
  • Living or working in NSW.

Current Courses

NBMC is pleased to offer, under Smart & Skilled, the following qualifications which may be subsidised or fee free depending upon eligibility :

Essential Computer Skills (FSK10219 Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways) - this course is fee free
Certificate III in Business BSB30120
Certificate III in Business (Medical Administration) BSB30120
Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42021
Diploma of Leadership & Management BSB50420
Diploma of Project Management BSB50820
Diploma of Counselling CHC51015

Note: the number of places offered is subject to funding availability.

Course Fees

Fees apply for your selected program. The fee amount you pay and the government contribution depends upon your eligibility. The courses are subsidised for all eligible participants with a further concession rate available for those in receipt of some Commonwealth benefits. The schedule of fees can be accessed here

If you are in receipt of an eligible commonwealth benefit or allowance (see below), we will need documentation from you which will assist us in calculating your Fee or your eligibility for fee exemption.

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.

Fee Free Scholarships for courses up to Cert IV level available for:

• An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person
• A person with a disability
• A person who is the dependant of a person on a Disability Support pension
• A Fee Free Scholarship eligible student undertaking a qualification up to and including Certificate IV
o Concession eligible aged between 15 to 30 years
o A person aged between 15 to 30 years who is or was in Out of Home Care
o A person who is experiencing or has experienced domestic and family violence or their dependant
• A refugee or asylum seeker on one of the specified visas listed in the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy undertaking a qualification up to and including Certificate IV

Eligible Commonwealth Benefits & Allowances for concession fee:

• Age Pension
• Carer Payment (see comment below)
• Farm Household Allowance
• Jobseeker Payment
• Special Benefit
• Veterans' Children Education Scheme
• Austudy
• Disability Support Pension
• Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate
• Parenting Payment (Single)
• Veterans' Affairs Pensions
• Widow Allowance
• Youth Allowance

Note: The Carer Payment is a specific benefit paid by the Commonwealth Government; this category does not include the Carer Allowance or Carer Adjustment Payment.

Fee Free Scholarships

Limited fee free scholarships in Smart & Skilled subsidised qualifications are available for those 15-30 years of age in receipt of a Commonwealth Benefit or a dependant of a Commonwealth Benefit recipient (benefits listed above) and who meet the general Smart & Skilled eligibility criteria.


A majority of the qualifications from Certificate III level and higher, listed above, can be studied through a traineeship pathway. The administration fee for new entrant traineeships has been reduced to $0 with effect from 1 January 2020. An employer and trainee could receive Government incentive payments. Let Northern Beaches & Mosman College work with you to build your workforce! For more information contact 9970 1000 or click here.

NSW Fee Free in 2024

Limited places in the following courses may be available under NSW Fee Free for enrolments in courses commencing 1 July to 31 December 2024:

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) CHC33021
Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) CHC33021
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30121
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115
Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance HLT33021
Certificate IV in Ageing Support CHC43015
Certificate IV in Leisure & Health CHC43415
Certificate IV in School Based Education Support CHC40221
Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship & New Business BSB40320
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121

See NSW Fee Free for further information.

Before you enrol

The following documents give you further important information about your study at the College under Smart & Skilled including fee information, privacy, consumer protection information, deferral or discontinuance of training, students' rights and obligations, access to support and assistance and contact details for various support services:

NBMC Student Handbook
Smart & Skilled Student Information Handbook
Smart & Skilled Consumer Protection Policy & Strategy
Smart & Skilled Fee & Refund Policy
Smart & Skilled Fee Administration Policy - DEC
Smart & Skilled Consumer Protection Policy - DEC
Assessment Submission Procedure

What next?

For more information please contact the College on 9970 1000 or email

For information on Smart & Skilled please visit The Smart & Skilled Website. Smart & Skilled enquiries/complaints tel 13 28 11.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Northern Beaches Community College Limited t/a Northern Beaches & Mosman College
Registered Training Organisation – National ID 90113