Smart and Skilled Accredited Training

Community Service Obligation (CSO) Eligibility Criteria

To access CSO funded accredited partial qualifications (short skillset courses), participants must meet the following eligibility criteria.  If not, a fee will be charged for training.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 15 years or older
  • No longer at school
  • Living or working in NSW
  • An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.
  • Aboriginal or Torres strait Islander students who do not live or work in NSW but live in a defined interstate area – seek assistance from RTO


Participants must meet one of the following demographics:

  • Experiencing significant hardship
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders
  • Students with a disability or is the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone with a disability.
  • Students who receive an applicable government welfare payment or are the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone who is receiving an applicable government benefit.

Learning Barriers

Participants must have at least one of the following barriers to learning:

  • Very low literacy, language and/or numeracy skill level.
  • Limited employability skills where students require considerable additional support.
  • Persistent and ongoing personal issues impacting on educational achievement; and
  • Significant educational disadvantages impacting upon student’s ability to succeed in training, such as;
    • Financial limitations in accessing childcare, transport and/or respite care.

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