Tuesday, 19 January 2016


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Worker’s Name: Deborah Neill

Organisation/Service/Project: TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute

Telephone/Email: deborah.neill@tafensw.edu.au


  • Skills/Qualifications Recognition-Pathways:

Smart and Skilled update from SWSi attached - Student incentives and opportunities under Smart & Skilled for 2016

Student incentives and opportunities under Smart & Skilled for 2016

There were significant announcements by the Minister for Skills, John Barilaro and Skills and Industry Policy - SIP (formerly State Training Services) at the end of 2015. This is an overview of the student incentives and opportunities for TAFE NSW and SWSi as a result of these announcements.

2016 Eligibility Rule Changes
In 2016, learners who have completed a higher level qualification will now be eligible for a subsidised entitlement place. For example, those who have completed a Certificate IV or above will be able to access Foundation Skills courses and Certificate II and Certificate III qualifications that are on the 2016 Skills List. This is especially relevant to those individuals who gained their higher level qualifications many years ago or from overseas, who need minimal re-training in order to enter (or re-enter) the workforce. 

Fee-Free Scholarships For Full Qualifications
Skills and Industry Policy (SIP) is continuing to offer a fee exemption called a ‘Fee-Free Scholarship’ for all Certificate I to IV qualifications undertaken by students who are aged between 15 and 30 years of age and receive Commonwealth Welfare allowances such as a Newstart Allowance or a Youth Allowance, or are the dependant of a Commonwealth Welfare recipient. There is a priority for young people living in Social Housing, or on the Social Housing waiting list.

Disability fee exemptions
Students with a disability and dependants of a person with a disability are now eligible for a fee exemption for all qualifications they undertake that are on the 2016 NSW Skills List. This is a change from the 2015 arrangements where students with a disability were entitled to one exemption per calendar year and a concession for subsequent enrolments.

Traineeship fees capped at $1000
Fees for government subsidised traineeship courses are now capped at $1,000. Over 85 per cent of traineeship qualifications on the NSW Skills List will be cheaper for students in 2016, with an average saving of $1,128.

Fee-Free Targeted Priorities Part Qualifications (TPPQs)
These programs are predominantly targeted at school leavers and job seekers and are based on units from our Smart & Skilled approved qualifications list. Trade and Career Readiness and Pre-apprenticeship and Pre-traineeships programs provide an important pathway for students to more easily transition into full qualifications. Smart & Skilled eligibility rules apply and these programs are currently fee-free.