1. Determined by postcode of the usual place of residence or place of work .
  2. Exception A: An Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) student who does not live or work in NSW but lives in specific defined interstate NSW border areas are eligible for government-subsidised training under Smart and Skilled (as defined in the list set out in the Smart and Skilled Operating Guidelines.
  3. Refer to Smart and Skilled Student Eligibility Policy, 2021, Appendix 1: Refugees and asylum seekers.
  4. A student must have left school in adherence with the NSW School Leaving Age Policy and the NSW Education ACT 1990 and the NSW Education Amendment (School Leaving Age) Regulation 2009.
  5. Exception B: Excluding home school students, registered by the NSW Education Standards Authority.
  6. Refer to Smart and Skilled Student Eligibility Policy, 2021, Section 3: Proof of eligibility – Acceptable evidence.
  7. A Disadvantaged Student is a student who is one of the following: (i) a Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; (ii) someone with a disability or is the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone with a disability; (iii) a recipient of an Applicable Benefit, or is dependent child, spouse or partner of a recipient of an Applicable Benefit (see the table below for a list of Applicable Benefits); (iv) someone who is experiencing significant hardship as verified by a government agency, medical professional or relevant support agency; or (v) someone who has English as an additional language and who is unable to effectively participate in the community or in employment. Applicable Benefits: Commonwealth Benefits and Allowances include: Age Pension, Carer Payment, Farm Household Allowance, Jobseeker Payment, Special Benefit, Veteran’s Children Education Scheme, Widow Allowance, Austudy, Disability Support Pension, Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate), Parenting Payment (Single), Veterans’ Affairs Pensions, and Youth Allowance.
  8. A regional/remote student is a student who is not a disadvantaged student, and lives or works in a regional or remote location and cannot effectively access training under a Smart & Skilled Entitlement Program or other Program. Refer to ACE Provider Operating Guidelines 2021-22 for further information.
  9. Refer to ACE Provider Operating Guidelines 2021-22: Eligibility evidence.
  10. A small business is defined as a business with: (a) 20 employees or less; or (b) an annual turnover of less than $2,000,000.