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Financial Assistance

Getting Started


Students who live or work in NSW and who receive one or more eligible Commonwealth benefits or allowances at the time of their enrolment may be eligible to pay the Smart and Skilled concession fee for their qualification rather than the relevant Smart and Skilled Student fee.

Smart and Skilled concession fees are available for Certificate I to Certificate IV qualifications, and are not available for Diploma or Advanced Diploma qualifications.

Eligible benefits include:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment
  • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate)
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (Single)
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Veterans' Affairs Payments
  • Veterans' Children Education Scheme
  • Widow Allowance
  • Widow 'B' Pension
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance

If you are a recipient of an eligible benefit or allowance, the concession fee may also be available to your dependant child, spouse or partner.

To complete your enrolment, a check of your CRN will be made with Centrelink to validate your eligibility for a concession fee. The consent and authorisation for validating your CRN with Centrelink is given when accepting the conditions of your enrolment.

You can now claim Youth Allowance and Austudy online, report your income and even find out when you'll be paid with Centrelink's Self Service.

There are lots of things that can affect your payments: changes to your income, a different study load or even moving in with someone. Avoid a debt by letting Centrelink know when your situation changes.

In some circumstances, you may need to fill in the TAFE NSW Concession Fee application, or attend your local campus with the documentation to support your application. (Your documentation may be provided via the Centrelink Express Plus Mobile App.)

Visit the Studying or training webpage on the Centrelink website for more details.



Contact by Training Services NSW
If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at Western Sydney Institute.