Smart & Skilled Funding

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It will give people the chance to gain the skills they need to get a job and advance their careers.   

Smart and Skilled was implemented in 2014 with an entitlement to government subsidised training which commenced 1 January 2015.

Go to the Smart and Skilled website at for up to date student information. The website enables you to check your eligibility and to find a Smart and Skilled course and approved training provider that meets your needs, as well as estimate your fee. Prices, fees and subsidies and the 2017 NSW Skills List have been released, which identifies courses that help people get the skills they need to find a job.
The Smart and Skilled website also has information specifically for school leavers, apprentices, trainees, employers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and students with disabilities. Visit smartandskilled for the most up to date information.

To enrol into a Smart and Skilled program with MySkills please contact our office to be emailed a Pre-Training Review Form, so we can determine your training needs. Once completed MySkills will contact you to confirm your LLN and the start date of your training. On the first day of the program you will meet with a representative from MySkills and complete the Learner Registration Form.

You MUST bring with you:

-Photo ID

-Valid USI

-Centrelink Customer reference Number

-Proof of eligibility for Fee exemptions

-Green Medicare Card

Humanitarian Visa Holders

-Relevant visa documentation


What is a USI? The USI is a reference number made up of ten numbers and letters that: creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia, from all training providers you undertake recognised training with will give you access to your training records and transcripts can be accessed online, anytime and anywhere is free and easy to create and stays with you for life. Who needs a USI and why? If you are a new or continuing student undertaking nationally recognised training, you need a USI in order to receive your qualification or statement of attainment. If you don’t have a USI you will not receive your qualification or statement of attainment. Your USI will give you access to an online record of the training you have done since 1 January 2015. You will also be able to produce a comprehensive transcript of your training. This can be used when applying for a job, seeking a credit transfer or demonstrating pre-requisites when undertaking further training. If you are an international student studying offshore and do not intend on coming to Australia to do your study you do not need a USI. However, if you are an Australian expat or resident student studying offshore with an Australian training organisation, you will need a USI. If you are an International student who will be studying in Australia you will require a USI. All international students in Australia will have been issued with an Australian Visa. Once you have arrived in Australia your visa will be activated and you will be able to apply for a USI. To create a USI visit

MySkills has a ‘withdrawal with no penalty’ cut off date of 7 days from enrolment into any Smart and Skilled Program.

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