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Smart and skilled

What does the Smart and Skilled mean to you?

The Smart and Skilled is a NSW is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It helps people gain the required skills and knowledge they need to get a job and advance their careers.

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.

You can go to the Smart and Skilled website for up-to-date information where you can use the Course Finder to check your eligibility, find the right Smart and Skilled course and approved training provider, and estimate their student fee. The website has information for you on:

  • Smart and Skilled fee arrangements
  • how to enrol
  • support for disadvantaged students
  • apprenticeships and traineeships
  • consumer protection
  • recognising skills


Courses SBTA can offer under Smart and Skilled

SBTA has been approved to offer the following qualifications under the Smart and Skilled Targeted Priority program. These qualifications are available for delivery in the Sydney region:

  • FNS40615 Certificate IV in Accounting
  • BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business
  • BSB42015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
  • FNS50215 Diploma of Accounting
  • SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management
  • BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • SIT50116 Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management
  • FNS60215 Advanced Diploma of Accounting
  • SIT60316 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management
  • BSB61015 Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • BSB61315 Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Communication
  • SIT60116 Advanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management

SBTA has been approved to offer the following qualifications as Traineeships under the Smart and Skilled program. These qualifications are available for delivery across NSW:

  • BSB20115 Certificate II in Business
  • BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business
  • BSB51915 Diploma of Leadership and Management


Program Eligibility

To be eligible to be subsidised to undertake a Smart and Skilled program, an individual must meet the relevant eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled programs. To be eligible to enrol in an:

  • Entitlement Full Qualification
  • Targeting priorities Full Qualification
  • Entitlement Foundation Skills Qualification
  • Targeted Priorities prevocational or part qualification

A student must meet the citizen requirements, be 15 years or over live or work in NSW and no longer be at school or its equivalent.
To access subsidised training under Smart and Skilled a student must meet the eligibility criteria. Eligibility criteria are available here:


Enrolment in a Smart and Skilled Course

All students enrolling in a Smart and Skilled course must complete an enrolment form which can be obtained by contacting us on (02) 9212 2522 or email to The enrolment form will be emailed to you.

In addition to the enrolment form those students that are studying a Targeted Priority course are required to complete the following as part of a Notification of Enrolment process:

  • A student’s consent. SBTA is required to obtain either verbally or in writing consent from a student to use and disclose a student’s personal information to the Department of Education and Communities and other government Agencies.
  • A student declaration that the student has provided accurate and complete information, is aware of any subcontracting arrangements (if applicable) and has been provided with the Fee information relevant to their enrolment and all appropriate student information


Unique Student Identifier

All students enrolling in Smart and Skilled course will be required to supply a Unique Student Identifier and will be requested to do so on their enrolment form. Please visit the website to obtain their USI.


Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer.

All students are entitled to seek recognition of prior learning (RPL) as an alternative means of establishing competency for all or part of their course. Additionally, SBTA will recognise Statements of Attainment issued by other RTOs and will grant credit towards the Smart and Skilled qualifications for current and equivalent units of competency.


Fee Information

The Smart and Skilled program is subsidised by the NSW Government. Providers of Smart and Skilled courses, are paid partly by the NSW government and partly by the student or their employer. On completion of an enrolment form and provision of any evidence required SBTA will use the Smart and Skilled Provide Calculator to determine the Fee to be paid by the student. This will be advised to the student as part of the enrolment process.


Withdrawal with No Penalty

Students can withdraw from a course with no penalty ten working days (10) days before a course commencement which is the “cut-off” date. Should a student wish to withdraw from a course, either prior to or after the cut-off-date, the student must follow the procedure as per our “Withdrawal Policy”.

If a student withdraws before the “cut off” date, the student will be refunded any fees paid at enrolment, if applicable.

If a student withdraws within the “cut-off” date prior to the scheduled commencement date of the training program, SBTA will retain 50% of the fees paid by the student.

After the scheduled start date of the training program, there will be no refund given to the student.. If a student withdraws due to misconduct or plagiarism, no financial refund or reimbursement will be provided.


Refunding Students

Students can have part of their fee refunded in the following circumstances:

  • Where the student is gaining credit for previously completed accredited training. In such circumstances the student will be refunded a pro rata amount based on the percentage of the course that the credit covers.
  • Where SBTA is no longer able to deliver Smart and Skilled training
  • Where the student through circumstances beyond his/her control is unable to continue in the course – such as a medical condition, family/personal circumstances


Fee Concessions

Depending on circumstances students may be eligible for fee concessions of fee-free training. Students will need to supply evidence of their circumstances according to the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy


Fees Guarantee

SBTA is a member of the “The Tuition Protection Service (TPS)” which is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either:

  • complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or
  • receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees.

In the unlikely event that SBTA is unable to deliver a course you have paid for and does not meet their obligations to either offer you an alternative course that you accept or pay you a refund of your unspent prepaid tuition fees (this is called a provider’s ‘default obligations’), the TPS will assist you in finding an alternative course or to get a refund if a suitable alternative is not found.