Smart and Skilled training for students with disabilities

Smart and Skilled provides additional support to people with disabilities to access training.

Eligible students with a disability and eligible students who are dependants of Disability Support Pension recipients are exempt from fees for any Smart and Skilled training they undertake.

View Are you eligible? for details on who is eligible for Smart and Skilled.


You are eligible for a fee exemption if:

  • you have a disability and you receive the Commonwealth Government Disability Support Pension; or
  • you have a disability and can provide a supporting written statement - from a medical practitioner, a Government agency (such as Veteran’s Affairs) or specialist allied health professional - of a clear additional need; or
  • you are the dependant of a Disability Support Pension recipient.

Your training provider will ask for evidence that you meet one of the above disability eligibility criteria when you enrol.

Your approved Smart and Skilled training provider can give you further information on the eligibility and evidence requirements. The evidence requirements are also in the Smart and Skilled Fee Administration Policy.

Additional support

All approved Smart and Skilled training providers delivering training to students with disabilities receive additional funding to provide extra support to these students. Ask your approved Smart and Skilled training provider what additional support they can provide to you.

TAFE NSW also receives additional Community Service Obligation funding to provide support services, specialist staff and equipment for students with disabilities.

All approved Smart and Skilled training providers offer reasonable training access to students with disabilities, as required by the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

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