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Be smart, get skilled with North Coast TAFE

If you are considering taking advantage of the NSW Government’s fee arrangements for government-subsidised vocational education and training (VET), North Coast TAFE is a great choice as your training provider because we offer a wide range of subsidised courses, expertly delivered by teachers with industry knowledge and experience. 

One of the changes under this new system, known as Smart and Skilled, is that every training provider, including North Coast TAFE, must charge the same fixed price for NSW government-subsidised qualifications.

Courses that receive government funded support under Smart and Skilled are shown on the NSW Skills List with some other specific courses approved for support outside this arrangement.  

Also, if you are eligible you can benefit from a Smart and Skilled ‘Fee-Free Scholarship’ that means you pay no course fee and study for free or a 'Jobs for Tomorrow Scholarship', with $1,000 scholarships available for those studying qualifications on the NSW Skills List in areas related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). 

What price will you pay?
What price will you pay?

Under Smart and Skilled, all courses on the Skills List have been given set prices by the state government. The price you pay depends on your eligibility for a concession or exemption and your qualification history.

Find out more about the new pricing structure 
Why choose North Coast TAFE as your training provider?
Why choose North Coast TAFE as your training provider?

Knowing that every training provider must charge the same price for a government subsidised qualification, the choice you make about where to do your study is more important than ever before.  

View the top 4 reasons why North Coast TAFE is the best training provider 
Want more information about Smart and Skilled?
Want more information about Smart and Skilled?

The courses that attract government subsidised funding in NSW are determined by State Training Services and are listed in the NSW Skills List. 

Find out more about the Skills List and Smart and Skilled changes 


What price will you pay?

The price of your government subsidised course is made up of two portions:  the part the government pays (government subsidy) and the part you pay (student fee). You pay this fee only once, even if it takes you more than a year to complete your course.

The amount you pay for your student fee depends on your eligibility.  You may be entitled to a concession (you pay a reduced fee) or an exemption (you pay no fee). 

You can get a fee estimate for the course you’ve chosen by clicking on the ‘Apply now’ button located on the course page (Under ‘Find a Course‘).
 

Fee-free scholarships – hundreds of courses to choose from

A Fee-Free Scholarship could be the stepping stone to your dream career! If you are aged between 15 and 30 and meet the eligibility criteria, apply for the NSW Government’s fee-free scholarship and choose from hundreds of North Coast TAFE courses and qualifications. 

Courses are available through Certificate I – Certificate IV levels and include Apprenticeships and Traineeships. A scholarship can help you to start your journey with North Coast TAFE and give you the skills you need for your future career.

Please note other course costs may apply.

Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships

The NSW Government is offering Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships to students undertaking selected government-subsidised qualifications on the NSW Skills List in areas related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Students who commence training in one of these qualifications on or after 1 January 2016 with North Coast TAFE are eligible to apply for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship worth $1,000.

To be eligible for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship, you must:

  • meet the Smart and Skilled personal eligibility criteria
  • be enrolled in a qualification that is eligible for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship and commence training in the qualification on or after 1 January 2016. To view the list of Jobs for Tomorrow courses, visit the State Training Services website.

Applications are expected to open in March 2016. The first 6,250 students to successfully apply in 2016 will be offered a scholarship. For more information, call us on 1300 628 233.

Smart and Skilled for young people in out-of-home care


What is meant by out-of-home-care, and how does it relate to Smart and Skilled Free Fee Scholarships?

The term 'out-of-home care' refers to children or young people who are cared for by a person other than their parent, in a place that is not their usual home.

There are two main types of out-of-home care:

Statutory Care- where the Children's Court has made a Care Order placing the child or young person in the paternal responsibility of the Minister for Family and Community Services.

Supported Care- where the Secretary of Family and Community Services forms the opinion that the child or young person is in need of care and protection.

Children and young people in out of home care usually reside with relative/kinship carers, foster carers or in residential care services.

Young people who meet the Smart and Skilled Fee Free Scholarship criteria are eligible for a government subsidy which covers their course fee. 

Are you eligible?

  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • be 15 - 17 years and currently in out-of-home care
  • or be 18 - 30 years and have been previously in out-of-home care

Click here to view or download the fact sheet about Smart and Skilled Fee Free Scholarships for young people in out-of-home care. 

Annalise Hesseling - Certificate III in Aged Care - I want to study now, while my daughter is young. A fee-free scholarship is a great start to my dream of becoming a midwife.

"I want to study now, while my daughter is young. A fee-free scholarship is a great start to my dream of becoming a midwife. "

Annalise Hesseling - Certificate III in Aged Care

Why choose North Coast TAFE as your training provider?

Aside from value for money, you need to know you’re getting the skills needed to achieve your career goals.
   

1
You’ll have the widest choice of government subsidised courses in NSW

We offer more government subsidised courses than any other training provider on the Smart and Skilled website.
   

2
Your course will be delivered by a registered, reputable and nationally accredited organisation

North Coast TAFE has been delivering vocational education and training successfully to thousands of students since 1928, so you can count on us for quality.
   

3
You’ll be taught by highly qualified teachers and have access to student support services 

North Coast TAFE’s library and career counselling services provide excellent support for learners and all our teachers are required to have up to date industry experience in the area they teach.
   

4
You’ll have options for payment or financial assistance

We offer a range of convenient, affordable payment options and we’re happy to help you find one that best suits your situation.  

   

Find out more about Smart and Skilled

Want to know what’s on the skills list?

To find out which courses attract government funded subsidies in NSW see the NSW Skills List.

Listen to NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, talk to 2GB’s Ross Greenwood about how the Smart and Skilled List was put together and why some courses are subsidised and others aren’t.

 

Who is overseeing Smart and Skilled?

State Training Services is responsible for looking after Smart and Skilled for the NSW Government.
   

What do all the terms mean?

Find out in this glossary of terms for Smart and Skilled NSW.