Smart and Skilled & Community Service Obligation Funded Courses

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training (VET) system. It is helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.


Government Subsidised Training


You are eligible if you fall into one of these categories:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen, and
  • aged 15 years or older
  • not at school*, and
  • living or working in NSW

Specific courses have been subsidised by the NSW Government. It is available if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • students with a disability
  • long-term unemployed
  • students who are Commonwealth welfare recipients and their dependants
  • young people (15 – 17 years of age) who are at risk of not making a successful transition from school to further training or work
  • migrants/refugees who are unemployed or underemployed
  • people with other barriers to the Smart and Skilled entitlement program
  • people in regional and remote communities where training under the Smart and Skilled entitlement program cannot easily be accessed.


Smart and Skilled fundingCommunity Service Obligation funding
22075VIC Certificate II in AuslanFSK10113 Certificate I in Access to Vocational Pathways
22077VIC Certificate III in Auslan22234VIC Course in Initial General Education for Adults
22078VIC Certificate IV in Auslan22235VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults (Introductory)
22081VIC Diploma of Auslan22236VIC Certificate I in General Education for Adults
PSP52412 Diploma of Interpreting 


For other information:

If you would like more information, please contact Smart and Skilled at 1300 772 104.

*Special conditions apply to ACE CSO programs for young people still at school. Ask the Deaf Society about these conditions.


Enrolment in a Deaf Society course does not guarantee that a student will successfully complete their course, or that the student with obtain a particular employment outcome where this is outside the control of the Deaf Society. RTO ID: 91243.​