Funded Training NSW

Smart and Skilled Funded Courses

If you are interested in starting an early childhood career or upgrading your current qualification you should consider taking advantage of the significant savings offered via the Smart and Skilled funded distance courses. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. The NSW Government offers the Smart and Skilled funded courses below through Training Services NSW and ECTARC.

Are you:

– 15 years old or over?

– no longer at school?

– living or working in NSW?

– an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to all four questions, then you’re eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.

Current Funded Course Locations

Funding is currently available for the following regions:

  • Illawarra
  • Sydney
  • Riverina

NSW Skilling for Recovery – Fee-Free Training 

Skilling for Recovery is the NSW initiative for the delivery of JobTrainer funding in NSW. NSW has committed nearly $160 million to the federal JobTrainer program in a bid to help people to reskill for future employment in a range of sectors.  

Under this initiative, you may be eligible for FEE-FREE nationally accredited training. 

Eligibly for Skilling for Recovery 

To be eligible for Skilling for Recovery funded training you must be: 

  • Aged 15 years or older 
  • Not at school (excluding home schooled students) 
  • Living or working in NSW  
  • An Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder 

In addition to the above eligibility criteria, a student must also meet one of the following criteria: 

  • Be 17-24 years of ag(regardless of employment status); or 
  • Be unemployed, or 
  • Be in receipt of a Centrelink benefit (as specified on the Smart & Skilled funding page); or 
  • Be at risk of unemployment  

‘JobTrainer is a jointly funded initiative of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.’ 

Illawarra Area Child Care, T/A ECTARC.  RTO Id 90331 


Click on the qualification you are interested in studying for detailed course information.

CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
CHC40113 Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
CHC50213 Diploma of School Age Education and Care
BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management

Apply now!

If you are interested in applying for a funded course, complete the NSW Funded Programs Expression of Interest form below. Please note, completing and submitting this form does not guarantee you a place in the program. Additional information and documentation will be required and then reviewed for course eligibility.  Please allow 7 to 10 business days for your application to be reviewed and processed.

NSW Funded Programs Expression of Interest



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