Smart and Skilled Funded Courses Available

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For further information: Phone (02) 9167 3960| Email

Eligibility Criteria

You may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider if you are:

  • 15 years old or over, and
  • no longer at school (however registered home school students may be eligible), and
  • living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas, and
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen


  • a NSW apprentice or a new-entrant trainee

Previous qualifications do not affect your eligibility.

If you have a post-school qualification, you will pay a higher fee for your Smart and Skilled training than someone who does not have any qualifications.

View Are you eligible for Smart and Skilled training.

Funded Courses

Skilling for Recovery (SFR) is a fee-free training program to encourage people in NSW to get trained with in-demand skills. This NSW government Incentives Program is for a range of people impacted by the pandemic who are looking for a new career path.

In partnership with the NSW Government’s SfR initiative, The Business School is offering fee-free training for those who meet the eligibility criteria to support individuals to gain the industry related skill sets to develop their employability in Australian industries.

  • A short training program consisting of Units of Competency selected from Training Package qualifications
  • This is not a full qualification, however, once completed, you may be able to make an application for an additional module towards your full qualification
  • For people who have experience in the industry, or who are not eligible for a traineeship
  • On successful completion of all training modules, students are awarded a full qualification

About Skilling for Recovery (SfR)

Skilling for Recovery (SfR) is a NSW Government program under Job Trainer Program to provide fee-free training courses to support young people, job seekers and school leavers to gain, retain or upskill the required industry skills and knowledge.In partnership with the NSW Government’s SfR initiative, The Business School is offering fee-free training for those who meet the eligibility criteria to support individuals to gain the industry related skill sets to develop the employability in Australian industries.

Skilling for Recovery Eligibility Criteria

Training is available for new staff who meet the eligibility criteria and existing staff who are at risk of unemployment and require retraining in order to secure ongoing employment.If an employer is interested in recruiting new people for their workforce or wanting to upskill their existing workforce they may be eligible for fee-free training through NSW Job Trainer/Skilling for Recovery.

People undertaking training must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and fit into at least one of the categories below:

  • a young person aged 18-24 at the commencement of training, regardless of employment status, including Year 12 school leavers
  • Commonwealth Government welfare benefit recipients
  • an unemployed person
  • an employed person who is expected to become unemployed (e.g. companies in declining industries, people whose employment is conditional on immediately undertaking work relevant training, workers who have been stood down or furloughed).

Eligible participants will also need to be:

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

Smart and Skilled
Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. Further information can be found on the Smart & Skilled Website or by ringing 1300 772 104.

Notification & Eligibility Process
A prospective student of the Smart and Skilled program should meet the following criteria, which are:

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

If you answered ‘Yes’ to all four questions, then you are eligible to enquire for government-subsidised courses with The Business School.

Student Support
To review support options, please review our Student Handbook.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)
If you are a student studying nationally-recognised training at a Registered Training Organisation like The Business SChool (RTO 45230) you are required to have a Unique Student Identifier from 1st January 2015. The USI will give you ongoing access to your records and results, so they are always available if you choose to enrol in further training or need to show a future employer. Please see our USI information page.

If you do not qualify for Smart and Skilled, you can still study with The Business School. Contact us for information by phone (02) 9167 3960 or Email

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