Smart and Skilled - NSW Skills List

The NSW Skills List identifies the qualifications eligible for a government subsidy under Smart and Skilled.

Developed through extensive industry and community consultation and labour market research, the Skills List includes a wide range of qualifications to support the diverse skills needs of NSW employers.

The Skills List covers:

  • Certificate ll to Advanced Diploma qualifications
  • Selected Foundation Skills courses
  • All apprenticeships and selected traineeships
  • Part qualifications for key groups and sectors.

It is reviewed twice a year to ensure it meets the changing skill needs of industry. The Skills List is also updated regularly during the year to reflect changes to qualifications and vocational training orders for apprenticeships and traineeships.

When the Department reviews requests to add qualifications to the Skills List, it will assess them against the following criteria:

  • Strong evidence of continuing industry need for the qualification (e.g. quantifiable evidence of industry need, confirmed occupational/sector employment growth and job opportunities/shortages due to a lack of trained workers).
  • Whether the qualification is to be offered as an apprenticeship.
  • Whether the full qualification is required to gain entry level employment in an occupation or industry.
  • Strong evidence of how the qualification supports business development, jobs growth or enhances community wellbeing in a specific NSW region/town.
  • Strong evidence of how the qualification supports setting up and/or sustaining a small business.
  • Whether the qualification provides a pathway to higher study, or requires subsidy where fee-for-service market prices are restricting access.
  • Strong evidence of improved employment outcomes and/or career prospects.
  • Strong evidence of the benefits (market-based or social) to particular groups/communities of holding the qualification.
  • Strong evidence of how the qualification is central to successfully implement a specific government strategy, policy or program (e.g. NDIS, infrastructure).
  • Whether demand for the qualification is low.
  • Whether there is a similar qualification on the NSW Skills List.

Applicants are encouraged to provide evidence from reliable and verifiable sources to support their requests.

From May 2017, the NSW Skills List is no longer defined by calendar year. Instead, it specifies the period for which each qualification/course is active on the Skills List for a particular Smart and Skilled Program.

The Skills List is also updated regularly during the year to reflect changes to qualifications and vocational training orders for apprenticeships and traineeships.


NSW Skills List

Version 8.6

Version 9.1 - applies from 1st July 2019


Additional information

To find out more about prices, fees and subsidies, go to the Smart and Skilled - Qualification prices and student fees and subsidies page of this website.

You can also visit the NSW Skills List page of the Smart and Skilled website. Students can use the Course Finder on the Smart and Skilled website to check their eligibility, find the right Smart and Skilled course and approved training provider, and estimate their student fee.

Page last updated: 14 June 2019