NSW Fee-Free

What is Fee-Free NSW?

Skills NSW provides fully subsidised training to gain skills in Australia’s growing industries. 

JobTrainer eligibility has been extended to give broader access to fully subsidised training, for people who want to learn new skills anywhere in NSW.

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.


Fee Free* qualifications with Kiama & Shoalhaven Community College

The following qualifications with Kiama & Shoalhaven Community College are Fee Free* for eligible students for in 2023.

Click the links below to explore the courses in more detail, and call us or express your interest online to discuss eligibility.

Diploma of Beauty Therapy SHB50121

Certificate III in Beauty Services SHB30121

Certificate III in Nail Technology SHB30321

Certificate III Hairdressing SHB30416

Certificate III in Barbering SHB30516

Certificate II in Salon Assistant SHB20216

Certificate IV in Outdoor Leadership SIS40621

Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership SIS30619

Certificate III in Business (Administration) BSB30120

Certificate II in Applied Digital Technologies ICT20120

Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) CHC33021

* Training in priority qualifications is fee-free and fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments. Please call to discuss your eligibility.

Who is eligible?

Under Skills NSW, you may be able to study a fee-free course if you are:

  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.


Other eligibility conditions

Your eligibility is not affected if you have completed a vocational education and training (VET) course, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, as part of your high school education.

There are some exceptions to the eligibility conditions described above, such as for Aboriginal people.

Visit Skills NSW for more information or call us to discuss your eligibility.