Community Service Obligation (CSO)

Central Coast Community College is an Adult and Community Education (ACE) provider and is supported by the NSW Department of Industry. This department promotes community education, funding grants and information and advice on community education across the state.

As an ACE Provider, the College is able to provide a vast range of quality education to disadvantaged students and key equity groups through a funded program. Some students need extra support to access training and to be ready to take full advantage of training offered under Smart and Skilled. This Community Service Obligation (CSO) Program has been designed to support people who experience barriers to training and employment. It is part of the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled training reform.

The CSO Program delivers short course workshops to eligible students to give them the necessary skills and knowledge to move into further study and/or gain employment.

To be eligible for a subsided training place in a CSO program*, students must be:

A disadvantaged student who is one of the following:
– I am an aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
– I have a disability or I am a dependent child, spouse or partner of a person with a disability
– I am a Commonwealth Government Welfare Recipient or I am a dependent child, spouse or partner of a Commonwealth Government Welfare Recipient
– I am experiencing significant hardship as verified by a government agency, medical professional or support agency


Experiencing one of the following barriers to participation in training:
– Very low literacy, language and/or numeracy skills
– Limited employability skills
– Persistent and ongoing personal issues impacting on my education
– Significant educational disadvantage which impacts my ability to succeed

For more information on the CSO Program, or to find out if you are eligible, please email or call 02 4348 4300.

*Please note Students who are deemed eligible, and meet the listed criteria will also be required to provide proof of evidence for each section of criteria. Failure to provide evidence will result in student being unable to access the subsidy.