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Smart and Skilled Funding

To be eligible for a Smart and Skilled government-subsidised course with UOW College, you will need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen

To check your eligibility, please click here.

We offer Smart and Skilled for the following courses.


All you need to do is apply for your chosen course and we will advise next steps. It's as simple as that! 

The funding will cover a minimum of 70 percent of the course fee. If you are eligible for Smart and Skilled funding, you may also be eligible for a fee free scholarship as a component of Smart and Skilled, which means you will not have to pay any portion of the fee, if you satisfy certain concession criteria.

Smart And Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships and Government Subsidised Places

The NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships mean that you can obtain the skills you need for the job you want and your course fees are covered. Fee-Free Scholarships are intended to help people (15-30 years old) who are concession eligible to undertake training under Smart and Skilled. All Certificate III and Certificate IV level qualifications that UOW College are approved to deliver under Smart and Skilled are covered, including Traineeships.

Have an existing qualification? You may be eligible to access subsidised training

From 2016, when you meet the personal eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled, you will have access to training entitlements regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held. This investment supports the Government’s Reskilling NSW Strategy aimed at helping people who gained their higher level qualifications previously or from overseas, who require minimal re-training in order to enter, or re-enter, the workforce.

Smart and Skilled Traineeship fee capped at $1,000 from 2016 

From 2016, the NSW Government has capped the Smart and Skilled traineeship fee at $1,000.

Most of the qualifications that UOW College are approved to deliver under Smart and Skilled are eligible for traineeships.     

For more information on Smart and Skilled funding and to check your eligibility, please go to: 

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Subject to eligibility criteria and availability of funding.

Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy

For more information, please contact us.

Phone: 1300 885 395

Last reviewed: 4 December, 2018