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New South Wales (NSW) Smart and Skilled



New South Wales (NSW) 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. With Smart and Skilled, you have more choice when selecting courses and training providers. NSW Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas. 22460VIC Diploma of Applied Technologies is a targeted priority course.



If you are:

  • Living or working in NSW
  • An Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand Citizen
  • 15 years old or older
  • No longer in secondary education (high school)

You could be eligible for this funding.



MEM50822 Diploma of Applied Technologies

UEE31220 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control

UEE41220 Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation

UEE40920 Certificate IV in Industrial Electronics and Control

For more information about Smart and Skilled and whether you could get funding to participate in the Diploma of Applied Technologies go to smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au



The NSW Government contributes to the cost of each course and the learner pays the balance. Fees are calculated for full qualifications, rather than year-by-year. Learners choice of training provider does not affect the fee learners pay for qualifications.

The Student Fee Calculator can be found on the ‘Find a Course‘ page of the Smart and Skilled website.



From 1 January 2015 the NSW Government introduced new fee arrangements for government subsidised vocational education and training (VET). Under Smart and Skilled, all apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are subsidised. For a full list of all the qualifications refer to the current NSW Skills List. Information on the types and levels of subsidies can be found in the "Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy". Training for existing-worker trainees is not subsidised.

Find out more from vet.nsw.gov.au



Currently fee-free for eligible NSW residents:

MEM50822 Diploma of Applied Technologies 

UEE40920 Certificate IV in Industrial Automation and Control (Trade Pathways program. Conditions apply)

Courses that are partially subsidised by the NSW government for eligible NSW residents:

UEE31220 Certificate III in Instrumentation and Control

UEE41220 Certificate IV in Electrical - Instrumentation

  • Existing workers may be eligible for approximately 50% of the course cost to be funded by Smart and Skilled.
  • New workers (you must have been working for your employer for less than three months) may be eligible for 100% of the course cost to be funded by Smart and Skilled under a contract of training.



As part of your approval for NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled subsidised funding, the following requirements must be met:


1) Complete the Enrolment Form in full

2) Provide a verified USI

3) Provide JP certified evidence of your Citizenship (Australian, New Zealand or Permanent Resident). A Medicare card is the easiest document to use.

4) Provide JP certified evidence that you live in NSW (a drivers’ licence or another document issued by Commonwealth or State Government that clearly shows your address). If you do not live in NSW, but you do work in NSW, you will need to provide a letter from your employer stating this.

5) If you are eligible for a concession or exemption, you need to provide your CRN.

6) Provide JP certified copies of any academic transcripts you wish to use to apply for Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

7) You will sign a consent form that gives Skills Lab permission to enrol you into the Smart and Skilled portal.

8) You will also sign a declaration that you have read and understand a list of policies/rights and responsibilities etc.


For more information on NSW Smart and Skilled, please visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/ or call 1300 772 104.