Smart & Skilled Riverina Community College

Smart & Skilled

Smart & Skilled

Riverina Community College is an approved provider under the Smart & Skilled program which is provided through the NSW Department of Primary Industries. This allows you to train with us and receive the full subsidies should you be eligible.

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

Subsidies are available to any person that:

  • Works or lives in NSW, &
  • Is an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen, &
  • Is no longer at school, and over 15 years of age or is a registered home schooled student.

Fee exemptions available for:

  • Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Students who live or work in NSW and who receive a disability support pension including the dependent child, spouse or partner of a recipient of a disability support pension
  • Refugees and asylum seekers

Fee Concessions:

  • If you receive a prescribed government benefit, you may only need to pay a concession fee
  • Your fee may be slightly higher for a second qualification. Conditions apply. Smart & Skilled is a funding initiative of the NSW Government. Call to calculate your fee.

For more information or to check your eligibility go to the Smart and Skilled website

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 dependants.

Are you eligible?

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

  • be wanting to study a Smart and Skilled subsidised Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level -

qualification on the NSW Skills List, including those qualifications that support apprenticeships and traineeships and

  • meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria


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


  • have a letter of recommendation from a domestic and family violence service, refuge or other support agency and
  • be commencing training on or after 1 July 2016.

You should refer to the Fee Free Scholarship website for further information.