Training to support bushfire affected communities

The NSW Government is supporting industries and communities needing more skilled workers to rebuild communities and support displaced workers or business severely impacted by the bushfires. A variety of fee-free* short courses are available, offering practical skills across a range of industries.

Support offered will include:

  • 12 months fee-free training for apprentices who have lost their jobs as a result of the bushfires.
  • Existing part-qualification funding for training that supports recovery and delivering training that support job seeking skills.
  • Assisting apprentices find new or permanent employment using Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS).
  • Free replacements of Trade Certificates lost in fires.

*Eligibility criteria apply.

What kind of training is available?

Fee-free training is available across NSW to support COVID-19 and bushfire affected communities, including:

  • Chainsawing
  • Environmental Work
  • Fencing
  • Tree Felling
  • White card - Construction

Other fee-free training is also available through the Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities Prevocational and Part Qualifications program. View all courses, dates and training providers from these locations - updated 2/06/20..

What does it cost?

Part qualification training is available under the NSW Government's Smart and Skilled program. Part qualification training is fully subsidised (i.e. fee-free).

Under this initiative, access to fully subsidised training for individuals affected by the bushfires who meet the eligibility criteria has been made a priority.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for Smart and Skilled funding if you:

  • are aged 15 years or older
  • have left school
  • live or work in NSW
  • are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

Where will the training be held?

View all courses, dates and training providers from these locations - updated 2/06/20.

How do I apply?

To apply, select a training course, then contact the Training Provider on the phone number provided.

Note: dates and courses may change to meet local demand. Please check with the training provider for any changes to training dates or programs.

Why is this support available?

Employers have reported a significant downturn in business or lost revenue impacting their ability to retain their apprentices or trainees due to the bushfires. Learners and employers have taken time off work, lost equipment or uniforms or have had their employment and studies interrupted by the personal impact from the bushfires. This initiative supports local economies through the recovery and rebuilding efforts in both short and long term.


If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our Training Services NSW regional offices below:

  • Wollongong office Ph: (02) 4240 3700
  • Lismore office Ph: (02) 6629 7900


Page last updated: 2 June 2020