Smart and Skilled

What is Smart and Skilled?

Smart and Skilled is a New South Wales (NSW) government funding incentive for those trying to gain new skills needed to find a job or advance their careers.

As a prospective student, course costs are an important factor when deciding what to study and where. Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with an entitlement to government subsidised training on qualifications up to and including Certificate III level. There is also NSW government funding available for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

As an approved provider of Smart and Skilled, SBTA can help you take advantage of this NSW Government funding to help you develop the skills needed to increase productivity, performance and secure that job role you always wanted.

Who is eligible for smart and skilled funding?

  • To be eligible for NSW Smart and Skilled funding you must be:

    • 15 years old or over
    • No longer at school
    • Living or working in NSW
    • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

    If you answered ‘Yes’ to all four questions, then you’re eligible to enroll in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.

Other eligibility conditions

Your eligibility is not affected if you have already completed a vocational education and training (VET) course, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship undertaken as part of your high school education.

 

There are also some exceptions to the eligibility conditions described above, such as for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who live in specific, defined areas outside the NSW border.

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:

  • FNS40217Certificate IV in Accounting and Bookkeeping
  • BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business
  • FNS50217 Diploma of Accounting
  • SIT50416 Diploma of Hospitality Management
  • BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • SIT50116 Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management
  • FNS60217 Advanced Diploma of Accounting
  • SIT60316 Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management
  • BSB60420 Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management
  • SIT60116 Advanced Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management

 

Treineeships

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
  • BSB40120 Certificate IV in Business
  • BSB50420 Diploma of Leadership and Management

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How to apply for Smart and Skilled funding

Please note anyone studying a nationally-recognised vocational training in Australia needs a USI. USI will assist you to access your training records and results.  Therefore, if you choose to enrol in a Smart and Skilled course, you will need a USI.  If you don’t have one, simply go to the Australian Government’s USI website and create your own USI.

 

You will also need to provide us with proof of identity/residency documents.  These can include your passport, citizenship certificate, drivers licence and Medicare card.  You will also be required to complete and sign a “Consent to the use and disclosure of personal information” form.

 

More information about Smart and Skilled funding, please email our marketing team marketing@sbta.com.au or call +61 2 90486900

  • Smart and Skilled Student Information
  • Smart and Skilled Enrolment form
  • Smart and Skilled Fees and Refund Policy
  • Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Policy
  • Statement of Expectation

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 https://www.usi.gov.au/students to obtain their USI.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning)

Where an eligible student is granted RPL for one or more units of competency, the qualification price will be adjusted and a new student fee determined.  The qualification price is based on both fixed and variable costs.  The fixed cost of the qualification is reduced by 50 per cent of the proportion of units of competency granted RPL.  The variable cost will be reduced by 50 per cent of the total cost of the units of competency granted RPL.

Once the adjusted qualification price is calculated the new student fee will be determined at the same percentage of the price as the original student fee for that course (i.e. Adjusted Price x fee percentage).

Where RPL for a unit (or units) of competency is assessed and only partially granted and some training delivery is still required, there is no reduction in the student fee.

CT (Credit Transfer)

Where an eligible student is granted a CT for one or more units of competency, the qualification price will be adjusted and a new student fee determined.  The fixed cost will be reduced by the proportion of units of competency given credit transfer.  The variable cost will be reduced by the total cost of each unit of competency granted credit transfer. Once the adjusted qualification price is calculated the new student fee will be determined at the same percentage of the price as the original student fee for that course (i.e. Adjusted Price x fee percentage).

Calculation adjusting fees or RPL and CT

Where RPL and/or CT are granted at enrolment, SBTA will need to use the Smart and Skilled Provider Calculator to determine the applicable student fee.

Where RPL and/or CT is granted after enrolment, or after a student commences a qualification, SBTA will report the outcome for the relevant unit(s) of competency in their next Smart and Skilled training activity data file submitted to the Department.  The Department will make adjustments to the subsidy payment and advise the Provider of the new student fee.  The Provider must take all necessary steps to advise affected students of adjusted fee and to adjust the fee levied, including adjustments to subsequent fee payment schedules.

SBTA will sight appropriate evidence, such as a testamur or a Unique Student Identifier (USI) transcript to grant CT.

 

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