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Course Funding & Eligibility

Many of the courses on offer at the College are funded by the NSW Government under various programs, including Smart and Skilled, Adult & Community Education (ACE), and Targeted Skills for Small Business. Please see below information and eligibility criteria for these funding programs.

This is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers! Under Smart and Skilled the NSW Government contributes to the cost of each course with the student paying the balance. You may be eligible for Smart and Skilled Funding if you are:

  • 15 years old or over, and
  • no longer at school, 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, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

At the time of enrolment you will be asked to provide ID, Medicare number, USI, proof of Benefit, Proof of Visa Type (if applicable) and CRN (where applicable). Please note that you can be asked to provide evidence to support your eligibility at any time.

For more on the Program visit the Smart and Skilled website.

Undertaking training can help rebuild someone’s life and get them back into the workforce. People who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and/or their dependant(s) may be eligible for free training that is funded by the NSW government under the Smart and Skilled initiative.

The ACE Program is funded by the NSW Government to assist learners who need extra support or assistance with their education. To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:

You may be eligible for ACE funding if you are:

  • 15 years old or over, and
  • no longer at school, and
  • living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas), and
  • an Australian citizen; or a permanent Australian resident; or a New Zealand citizen; or a humanitarian visa holder or a partner visa holder whose sponsor is a humanitarian visa holder.

Disadvantaged Students with Barriers to Access

You may qualify for ACE funding if you are a disadvantaged student who is one of the following:

  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; or
  • Have a disability or be a dependent child, spouse or partner of a person with a disability; or
  • Be a Commonwealth Government Welfare Recipient or be a dependent child, spouse or partner of a Commonwealth Government Welfare Recipient; or
  • Be experiencing significant hardship as verified by a government agency, medical professional or relevant support agency; or
  • Someone who has English as an additional language and who is unable to effectively participate in the community or in employment.

AND

Be experiencing one of the following barriers to participation in training:

  • Very low literacy, language and/or numeracy skills
  • Limited employability skills where you require considerable additional support
  • Persistent and ongoing personal issues impacting on your educational achievement
  • Significant educational disadvantage that impacts your ability to succeed in training

At the time of enrolment you will be asked to provide ID, Medicare number, USI, proof of Benefit, Proof of Visa Type (if applicable) and CRN (where applicable). Please note that you can be asked to provide evidence to support your eligibility at any time.

Regional & Remote Students

You may qualify for ACE funding if you are NOT a disadvantaged student, but you live or work in a Regional or Remote location:

  • Regional or Remote Location is any location that is not classified as “Major Cities (RA1)” on the following website: https://bit.ly/2VRSyeB or as advised otherwise by the Department.

The NSW Government's Targeted Skills for Small Business Program will deliver targeted short workshops for small business owners and employees of small businesses who want to better understand how to use the latest technology to improve their business operations. Click here to see a full range of Small Business Accelerator courses being delivered by the College under this NSW Government funding program.

You may be eligible for Targeted Skills for Small Business funding if you are:

  • 15 years old or over, and
  • no longer at school, and
  • living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas), and
  • an Australian citizen; or a permanent Australian resident; or a New Zealand citizen; or a humanitarian visa holder or a partner visa holder whose sponsor is a humanitarian visa holder.

To be eligible for subsided training under this Program you must:

  • Be an owner or employee of a small business with less than 20 employees, or
  • Turn over less than $2 million annually.

For more information on any of the above funding opportunities, please contact us on 02 4348 4300

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