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Smart and Skilled Policies

Smart and Skilled is a NSW Government initiative, aimed at reforming the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. The Smart and Skilled program is designed to help eligible students in NSW to access government funding to get the skills they need in the industries that have jobs or opportunities to advance their careers. This reform also helps employers to increase the capabilities of their current workforce.


Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III

  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.


Government subsidised / funded training means that the NSW government will pay a portion of the course fee on the student’s behalf. The student will pay the balance which is usually less than the full course price.



To be eligible for Smart and Skilled, you will need to satisfy all the requirements below:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder

  • aged 15 years or older

  • no longer at school

  • live or work in New South Wales.


Funded Qualifications

Safety Corp is a current approved Smart and Skilled training provider. This means if you’re eligible and there is an available place for you to do the course, you will only need to pay a subsidised fee for the course when you enrol.

Not all qualifications are subsidised / funded under Smart and Skilled. Contact Safety Corp to confirm whether the qualification you are looking at qualifies.


For more information on the Smart and Skilled Program, visit the Smart and Skilled website

For more information about Safety Corp training, download the Student Guide click here. This document and much more is available on our Resources and Student Centre pages.


Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1st January 2015, every student studying nationally recognised training at a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), like Safety Corp, is required to have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and provide it to the RTO. A USI will help you to access your past training records and results so they will be always available when you want to further your training in the future or to show your future employer. USIs are free for all students and you can create it, by following the steps available on the USI website


Enrolment Process

Students enrolling with Safety Corp in a subsidised training program under Smart and Skilled will need to undertake the following enrolment process:







When a student undertakes the enrolment process (Step 4), Safety Corp will require students to make declaration or to give consent to Safety Corp. Students will also need to provide some evidence to prove their personal eligibility and / or their eligibility for concession fees / fee exemptions. To find out more details on declaration and the evidence required, please contact Safety Corp.

Administration Policy

Click here to read the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration policy.


Credit Transfer (CT)

Credit transfer can be applied where full qualifications or statements of attainment have been previously obtained from a nationally recognised training organisation. Certified copies of these must be provided to Safety Corp upon enrolment or within 2 days of enrolment. Where a full qualification has been obtained, you are required to provide this as well as the testamur listing the competencies achieved. Failure to submit certified evidence within 2 days will result in CT not being granted and students will need to undertake all units.

Certified evidence supplied will be assessed by Safety Corp to determine what credit can be applied to your enrolment. Safety Corp recognizes and acknowledges formal training undertaken with other registered training organisations.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Where a learner feels that he/she has already achieved a required competency, an application for RPL can be submitted to Safety Corp. This application must be made at the time of enrolment so that it can be incorporated into the training plan for the individual. Interested students will be issued with Safety Corp’s RPL policy and will undertake an assessment & RPL interview prior to completing their enrolment. Strict guidelines apply, and where necessary evidence will need to be gathered by the learner. Examples of evidence include;

  • Work history

  • Letters from employers – previous and current

  • Demonstration of skills acquired

  • Photographs

  • Video recordings

  • Letters form customers/clients

  • Letters/statements from other educational institutions

  • References


Defer Training

Students that need to defer Subsidised Training in an approved qualification must provide a written notice and attention it to the RTO Manager by email to The letter must provide reasons for the deferral and a time frame for the return to training. Students are only permitted a maximum of 12 months to defer from a qualification. The 12 month period is calculated from the date of receipt of the deferral notice. The RTO manager will review the request and will discuss options for your return to training. If you do not return to your studies within a 12 month period or by the indicated deferral return date as per the written notice / advice, we will be required to report your outcome to the department as discontinuing.


Discontinued Training

Students that are considering discontinuing or transferring from their training are advised to discuss this with the Training Manager or RTO Manager. In the event of student dissatisfaction, we recommend that you follow the Institutes Grievance and Complaints handling procedure before deciding to discontinue training. Safety Corp is focused on your development and we are keen to support you through your learning and development endeavours. In the event that you still want to discontinue your training or you have decided to discontinue training on your own accord, you will be required to provide the RTO manager with a written or formal notice of the date you wish to withdraw in order for Safety Corp to finalise your training. Once we receive the formal advice you will be provided with:

  • A refund of any unused training fees

  • A Statement of Attainment within 21 days of receipt of your notice to discontinue or transfer

  • An up to date training plan

  • Results regarding any outstanding units of competency you have submitted

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