New South Wales Funding2024-02-14T11:05:23+00:00
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Introducing NSW Fee Free (Smart & Skilled) Funding

NSW Fee Free

NSW Fee Free January to June 2024 improves access to training. It does this by offering course in priority industries, fee free.  

CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support is a priority course and part of the NSW Fee Free initiative. 

Access to NSW Fee Free places is limited and is subject to: 

  • availability of a NSW Fee Free place 
  • commencing training a NSW Fee Free priority course between 1 January 2024 to 30 June 2024 
  • meeting the student eligibility requirements below. 

Who is eligible?

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with: 

  • an entitlement to government-subsidized training up to and including Certificate III 
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas. 

Under Skills NSW, you may be able to study a fee-free course if you are: 

  • 15 years old or over 
  • no longer at school 
  • living or working in NSW 
  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen. 

Smart and Skilled eligible students that enrol in a NSW Fee Free Jan – June 2024 priority qualification between 13 November 2023 to the 30 June 2024 with a commencement date between 1 January 2024 to 30 June 2024 are eligible for a NSW Fee Free place, subject to the availability of a NSW Fee Free place. 

Please note that NSW Fee Free places are limited. 

All students must have a valid USI prior to enrolment. 

Use the Skills Compare  search to find a course and check your eligibility. 

Evidence of Eligibility is required. Check your eligibility here: Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy.

Once the NSW Fee Free places have been exhausted, pricing will be updated immediately. 

Eligibility Evidence Guide

Students must provide at least ONE piece of evidence for EACH eligibility category that applies:

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Fee Free Scholarships

The NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships mean that students can get training to get the skills they need to get the job they want and their course fees will be covered.

Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships are available for:

  • young people who are eligible for a concession fee
  • young people who are or have been in out-of-home care
  • people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and their dependents.

Are you eligible? 

To be eligible for a Fee-Free Scholarship, you must:


  • be aged between 15 and 30 years when you start training; and
  • be either the recipient of a specific Commonwealth Government benefit or allowance or the dependant of such a recipient; or
  • be aged 15-17 years and currently in out-of-home care or aged 18-30 years and previously have been in out-of-home care


  • be aged 15 years or over and have a letter of recommendation from a domestic and family violence service, refuge or other support agency.

You are eligible for one scholarship per financial year and a maximum of two scholarships over four financial years. This limit does not apply if you live in NSW Social Housing or on the NSW Housing Register (waiting list); or if you meet the out-of-home care criteria for a Fee-Free Scholarship.

Diploma and Advanced Diploma level qualifications are not eligible for Fee-Free Scholarships.

For more information on the eligibility for Fee-Free Scholarships please refer to the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy

Fee exemptions

Fee exemptions apply to students who qualify as: 

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 
  • People with a disability (that is people who meet the disability fee exemption criteria, including the dependent child, spouse or partner of a recipient of a Disability Support Pension). 
  • Refugees and asylum seekers (that is people who meet the refugee and asylum seeker eligibility and exemption criteria). 

Evidence of Eligibility is required – refer to the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy

Enquire Now

Century Group Pty Ltd trading as Aged Care Training Services RTO 6127. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. We encourage people with disabilities to apply. Completion of this course does not guarantee an employment outcome. 

Training in priority qualifications is fee-free and fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.

Find out more:

  • NSW Smart and Skilled funding, eligibility at; Website: Phone: 1300 77 21 04
  • Century Group Pty Ltd’s policies for consumer protection, fees and refunds, eligibility, complaints and appeals, privacy, access and equity and student support on our website; and also summarised in the ACTS Learner Guide.
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