Smart & Skilled Subsidised Training - Northern Beaches Community College

Smart & Skilled Subsidised Training

New fee free training available for jobseekers and those aged 16-24 – go to Skilling for Recovery to check if you are eligible.

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 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.


To be eligible for Smart & Skilled you must be:

  • An Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder
  • Aged 15 years or older
  • Not at school (excluding home schooled students)
  • Living or working in NSW.

Current Courses

NBMC is pleased to offer, through Smart & Skilled, the following qualifications:

Essential Computer Skills (FSK10219 Certificate I in Skills for Vocational Pathways) - this course is fee free
Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing & Home & Community ) CHC33015
Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) CHC33015
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care CHC30121
Certificate III in Health Services Assistance HLT33115
Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance HLT33115
Certificate III in Business BSB30120
Certificate III in Business (Medical Administration) BSB30120
Certificate IV in Ageing Support CHC43015
Certificate IV in Leisure & Health CHC43415
Certificate IV in Entrepreneurship & New Business BSB40320
Certificate IV in Community Services CHC42015
Certificate IV in Human Resource Management BSB40420
Certificate IV in Leadership & Management BSB40520
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care CHC50121
Diploma of Leadership & Management BSB50420

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 are available for qualifications up to and including Certificate IV level for 15-30 year olds who are in receipt of a Commonwealth Benefit or a dependant of a Commonwealth Benefit recipient.

• Fee exemption applies for Aborigines and those in receipt of a Disability Pension.
• Refugee or Asylum Seeker
• A NSW Apprentice on a Newstart Allowance is not eligible for a concession fee
• A NSW New Entrant Trainee on a Newstart Allowance is not eligible for a concession fee.
• The Carer Payment is a specific benefit paid by the Commonwealth; this category does not include the Carer Allowance or Carer Adjustment Payment.

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.

Four payments which have ceased from 20 March 2020 have been replaced by the New JobSeeker Payment: Newstart Allowance, Wife Pension, Sickness Allowance and Widow B Pension.

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 could receive Government incentive payments of up to $4000 to upskill your staff with customised training. Let Northern Beaches & Mosman College work with you to build your workforce! For more information contact 9970 1000 or click here.

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 & Mosman College
Registered Training Organisation – National ID 90113

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm, Tues and Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113