Smart and Skilled (NSW)

AOT delivers government subsidised training in NSW under the Smart and Skilled program, which makes  gaining your qualification affordable and achievable.  Majority of course costs are funded by the NSW Government for eligible participants.

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible for a place in a government subsidised course you must be:
1. an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
2. aged 15 years or older
3. no longer be at school and
4. living or working in NSW

Visit Smart and Skilled for full details of eligibility for a government subsidised place or alternatively you can call us on 1300 769 744.

Details of AOT Approved Qualifications

We offer the following qualifications under the NSW subsidised list:

BSB30115 Certificate III in Business
The Certificate III in Business will ensure that you develop key business skills in customer service and workplace safety. You then have a wide range of elective options such as sales and cross selling, time management, and the effective handling of customer complaints to select from, to best develop a Certificate III in Business course that meets your needs.

  • Delivery Site: Greenacre NSW 2190
  • Region: Sydney
  • Delivery Modes: Classroom Mode, Work Based Mode
  • Attendance Modes: Part Time
  • Course Information: See Course Flyer BSB30115 for more details
  • Student Fees: $1000 if First Qualification, $1000 Second or Further Qualification, $240 Concession

BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business
Build on your existing office skills with the Certificate IV in Business. Ensure that you have the necessary safety and customer service management skills and also enjoy the widest choice of business subjects and electives possible. This creates a learning platform that can suit any combination of business skills needed and match your interests.

  • Delivery Site: Greenacre NSW 2190
  • Region: Sydney
  • Delivery Modes: Classroom Mode, Work Based Mode
  • Attendance Modes: Part Time
  • Course Information: See Course Flyer BSB40215 for more details
  • Student Fees: $1320 if First Qualification, $1580 Second or Further Qualification, $240 Concession

Obtaining your USI

Before you create your USI, please make sure you have everything you need before you start.  You can use the following forms of ID:

  • Australian Passport
  • Australian Birth Certificate
  • Medicare Card
  • Certificate of Registration by Descent
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • ImmiCard
  • Driver License

Creating a Unique Student Identifier (USI) is quick, easy and free. .Watch this USI video tutorial for students demonstrating how to create a USI.

Government Subsidised Fee

The fee you pay may be lower or higher depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, a concession or an exemption.  In some cases there are limited government subsidised places available.
Please call us on 1300 769 744 for a personal fee assessment and to find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place. If you do not gain a subsidised place you may be able to enrol and pay the non-government subsidised fee.

Non-Government Subsidised Fee

There are no fee exemptions, concessions or subsidies available for this option. Your tuition fee includes all essential study materials. Please call us on 1300 769 744 for more information and payment options. Fees, charges and course offerings are subject to change.

Payment Options

AOT allows you to pay the enrolment fee on a payment plan or you can pay in 2 instalments.
The fee amount you pay is the same for ALL Smart and Skilled providers.
Fee Free Scholarship places are available, as well as Fee Exemptions and Concessions.

For each qualification the NSW Department has set a compulsory enrolment fee. The following documents provide detailed information on current Smart and Skilled qualification prices, student fees, subsidies and loadings:


Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy
Under Smart and Skilled provider guidelines we must give each student access to the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy before or at the time of enrolment.

Fee Exemptions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students in NSW

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are exempt from fees for any Smart and Skilled courses as long as they reside in NSW or in specific regional areas along the NSW border and meet the other Smart and Skilled eligibility requirements.

Students with a Disability under Smart and Skilled
Eligible students who are on a Disability Support pension are exempt from fees for any Smart and Skilled courses.
Proof of exemption required is a current Department of Human Services (Centrelink) Income Statement or a copy of a current Disability Support Pensioner Concession Card that has been witnessed by a JP or at the Post Office.
The dependants of Disability Support pension recipients are also eligible under Smart and Skilled for fee exemption for any Smart and Skilled courses. If you are a dependent, you are also required to provide evidence from Centrelink to confirm your status.
Other evidence options for disability exemptions include or a letter from a doctor, government agency or specialist outlining the training support needs due to the disability. The College would need to confirm these documents meet the requirements, so it is preferred that a Disability Support Pension Card is provided.
Source: S&S FAP 2016

Social Housing or Out-of-Home Care Status
Concession eligible students aged between 15 and 30 may have their fees waived as a “Fee Free Scholarship”.
To be eligible, you need to live in social housing or on the NSW Housing Register (waiting list).
Social housing includes:

  • Public housing
  • Community housing
  • Aboriginal housing, and
  • Crisis accommodation / supported accommodation
  • FAC’s funded private rental assistance (private rental subsidy, rental bond loans and tenancy guarantees)

You may also be eligible if you are currently in out-of-home care or have been in out-of-home care previously.
Relevant evidence may be a Rental Statement; Lease; letter from your housing agency or emergency housing facility. In circumstances where this is not possible you will be required to submit a Statutory Declaration that will be provided to you to get completed and witnessed. AOT would need to confirm these documents meet the requirements.
After you apply to enrol AOT will ask you to send through the required evidence of eligibility for a concession enrolment and your ID documents to confirm your age. We will then lodge the Fee Free Scholarship application to the Department.
If approved we will cancel your concession fees payable and refund any fees that may have already been paid.
You are eligible for: One Fee-Free Scholarship per financial year (from 1 July 2015); A maximum of two Fee-Free Scholarships over four financial years (ending 30 June 2019)
Source: S&S FAP 2016 – App 5

Commonwealth Benefit or Allowance Concessions under Smart and Skilled

If you are receiving a Commonwealth Benefit of allowance, you and your dependents may be entitled to a concession i.e. a lower enrolment fee.

Certificate II Concession Fee = $160

Certificate III and Certificate IV Concession Fee = $240

Concessions do not apply to Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications

The following list shows the type of welfare payments that are eligible for a concession.

Welfare recipients are those who receive the following Commonwealth Benefits and allowances:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment (See note below)
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A (Maximum rate)
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (Single)
  • Special Benefit
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Veterans’ Children Education Scheme
  • Veterans’ Affairs Pensions
  • Widow B Pension
  • Widow Allowance
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance

Please note:

  • A NSW Apprentice on a Newstart Allowance is not eligible for a concession fee.
  • A NSW New Entrant Trainee on a Newstart Allowance is not eligible for a concession fee.
  • The Carer Payment is a specific benefit paid by the Commonwealth; this category does not include the Carer Allowance or Carer Adjustment Payment

Source: Source: S&S Fee Administration Policy 2017 – App 4

NSW Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy
The NSW Smart and Skilled Consumer Protection Strategy outlines the rights and obligations of students and consumers with respect to their training under Smart and Skilled.

NSW Skills List for Smart and Skilled Subsidised Courses
Refer to the 2017 NSW Skills List (current version 4.0) for full details of all subsidised courses.