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If you love getting more for less, then you’re going to love these fee-free* short courses.

TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a number of fee-free* short courses, but places are limited.

Courses are a mix of self-paced online or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which can pathway into a variety of full TAFE NSW qualifications.

* Eligibility criteria and Terms & Conditions apply including two courses per person.

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TAFE NSW is a NSW Government approved training provider for 2021/22 RSA and RCG courses.

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Eligibility

Must meet Smart and Skilled eligibility guidelines which are:

  • live or work in NSW
  • be an Australian Citizen, a permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen, or a humanitarian visa holder
  • have left school

AND meet one of the following criteria:

  • 2021 school leaver, 16 years of age or over
  • Other young people, aged 16 – 24, who are not at school

Must meet Smart and Skilled eligibility guidelines which are:

  • live or work in NSW
  • be an Australian Citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder, identified temporary visa holder or New Zealand Citizen
  • 15 years or over, no longer at school and living or working in NSW

You can only enrol in up to two Fee-Free~ online courses at a time.

To be eligible for a fully subsidised place you must meet Smart and Skilled eligibility guidelines which are:

  • live or work in NSW
  • be an Australian Citizen, a permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen, or a humanitarian visa holder
  • have left school

AND meet one of the following criteria:

  • aged from 16 – 24 inclusive, or
  • in receipt of a Commonwealth Government benefit, or
  • an unemployed person, or
  • people expected to become unemployed
  • a Veteran
  • a Veteran’s Recognised Partner (includes Spouse, Recognised Defacto or Ex-Spouse/Recognised Defacto)

Eligibility is being extended for all students enrolling into targeted qualifications in 2022, aligned with the following priority skills:

  • training and assessment
  • aged care
  • digital skills
  • childcare, and
  • disability care.

Search TAFE NSW website for available courses marked as JobTrainer eligible.

This means that employed people (existing workers) are also able to access fee-free* training in specific full and part qualifications in each of the four industries listed above.

Note: to be eligible, existing worker students do not need to be employed in one of these industries.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Skills is a fee-free* short course program designed for school leavers aged from 16 – 24 years old, to support skill development over the summer months.

Eligibility Criteria:

Must meet Smart and Skilled eligibility guidelines which are:

  • live or work in NSW
  • be an Australian Citizen, a permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen, or a humanitarian visa holder
  • have left school

AND meet one of the following criteria:

  • 2021 school leaver, 16 years of age or over
  • Other young people, aged 16 – 24, who are not at school

Courses are a mix of self-paced online or teacher-led virtual classrooms, which can pathway into a variety of full TAFE NSW qualifications.

Eligibility Criteria:

Must meet Smart and Skilled eligibility guidelines which are:

  • live or work in NSW
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder, identified temporary visa holder or New Zealand citizens
  • 15 years or over, no longer at school and living or working in NSW.

Terms and Conditions:

You can only enrol in up to two Fee-Free~ Courses at a time.

The JobTrainer program provides young people and job seekers with low cost and fee-free** training courses to help you develop new skills, improve job prospects and kickstart your career. JobTrainer’s fee-free training programs are available in various industries.

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a fully subsidised place you must meet Smart and Skilled eligibility guidelines which are:

  • live or work in NSW
  • be an Australian Citizen, a permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen, or a humanitarian visa holder
  • have left school

AND meet one of the following criteria:

  • aged from 16 – 24 inclusive, or
  • in receipt of a Commonwealth Government benefit, or
  • an unemployed person, or
  • people expected to become unemployed
  • a Veteran
  • a Veteran’s Recognised Partner (includes Spouse, Recognised Defacto or Ex-Spouse/Recognised Defacto)

Eligibility is being extended for all students enrolling into targeted qualifications in 2022, aligned with the following priority skills:

  • training and assessment
  • aged care
  • digital skills
  • childcare, and
  • disability care.

Search TAFE NSW website for available courses marked as JobTrainer eligible.

This means that employed people (existing workers) are also able to access fee-free* training in specific full and part qualifications in each of the four industries listed above.

Note: to be eligible, existing worker students do not need to be employed in one of these industries.

A number of fee-free courses are available under the Smart and Skilled subsidy, designed to help people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. Fee-free courses are aligned to meet the skills needs of businesses in NSW. 

TAFE NSW also offers affordable - including online short courses - that can be completed in just days or weeks, offering practical skills and experiences across all industries.

Yes, depending on the units completed and the course you want to do. Credit Transfer allows you to receive credit for previously completed unit(s) of competency.

These courses are fee-free for those who meet the Smart and Skilled requirements for enrolment.

For more information on how the NSW Government is funding Smart and Skilled qualifications and eligibility criteria, visit the Smart and Skilled Fees and Subsidies page.

Specific course starting dates and timings are linked via the above course lists. New courses and start dates are being added all the time.

If you have any queries please contact us via enquiry form or call 131 601.

TAFE NSW offers a variety of Government subsidised training, including programs like Job Trainer, Mature Age Workers’ Scholarships, Apprenticeships & Traineeships, as well as other Smart and Skilled subsidised training and qualifications.

It is recommended you enrol in and complete one course at a time to maximise learning and ability to complete the course. 

Online Study gives you the same qualification and training outcomes as studying on campus. As there is no weekly timetable for classes, students can enjoy the flexibility of studying when and where it suits them. You can find out more about online study and what is required, watch this video to see the online learning in action or also get tips to help you succeed.

A virtual classroom experience connects teachers and students from different locations in real time, using web conferencing technology via MS TEAMS on set days and times as advised in the course details. Get ready for learning in a virtual classroom.

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