Scholarships provide financial assistance to students to help further their education.

To apply for a scholarship you must meet the eligibility criteria. Please see below for available scholarships.


Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships

From 2017, the NSW Government is offering 25,000 Jobs of Tomorrow scholarships over four years to encourage students to undertake a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) qualification. Scholarships are avalued at $1,000 and paid in two instalments.

Selected qualifications on the NSW Skills List at Certificate IV to Advanced Diploma level in broad areas such as aeroskills, digital media, engineering and information and communications technology are eligible for a scholarship.

The first 6,250 students to successfully apply in 2017 will be offered a scholarship.


To be eligible you must:

  • meet the Smart and Skilled personal eligibility criteria.
  • enrol in a Smart and Skilled qualification that is listed as eligible for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship.
  • commence training on or after 1 January 2017


TAFE SWSi qualifications eligible for a Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship are:

  • Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Avionics)
  • Certificate IV in Aeroskills (Mechanical)
  • Certificate IV in Digital and Interactive Games
  • Certificate IV in Digital Media Technologies
  • Certificate IV in Engineering
  • Certificate IV in Engineering Drafting
  • Certificate IV in ESI - Power Systems Substations
  • Certificate IV in Industrial Electronics and Control
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Certificate IV in Programming
  • Certificate IV in Telecommunications Network Engineering
  • Certificate IV in Telecommunications Networks Technology
  • Certificate IV in Water Industry Operations
  • Diploma of Aeroskils (Avionics)
  • Diploma of Aeroskills (Mechanical)
  • Diploma of Arboriculture
  • Diploma of Database Design and Development
  • Diploma of Digital Media Technologies
  • Diploma of Electrical Engineering
  • Diploma of Engineering - Technical
  • Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • Diploma of Information Technology
  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking
  • Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration
  • Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • Diploma of Landscape Design
  • Diploma of Software Development
  • Diploma of Telecommunications Network Engineering
  • Diploma of Website Development
  • Advanced Diploma of Electrical - Engineering
  • Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Advanced Diploma of Engineering
  • Advanced Diploma of Information Technology
  • Advanced Diploma of Network Security

How to apply for a NSW Government Jobs of Tomorrow scholarship

Once you have enrolled in an eligible qualification and have received a Notification of Enrolment document from TAFE SWSi, which confirms your enrolment, you can apply for a scholarship through Service NSW.

Go to the NSW Government Smart and Skilled Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarships page for more information.

Read out article on securing your finalcial future with a STEM related course.


Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships

The NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships mean that you can get the skills you need to get the job you want and your course fees are covered.

Fee-Free Scholarship are designed for:

  • young people (15-30) who are eligible for concession fees
  • young people who are or have been in out-of-home care
  • people of any age who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.

Qualifications from Certificate I to Certificate IV levels are covered, including Apprenticeships and Traineeships.

Fee-Free Scholarship Eligibility

Students are eligible for one scholarship per financial year and up to two scholarships over the four year period (see diagram). A person who is eligible for these scholarships:

  • meets Smart and Skilled eligibility rules
  • is aged 15 - 30 years at the time training commences
  • is concession-fee eligible (receives a Commonwealth Government payment/allowance or holds a pensioner concession card issued by Centrelink OR is a dependant of someone receiving a Commonwealth Government payment or holding a concession card) and/or is a social housing client (this includes public housing, community housing, Aboriginal housing, Crisis accommodation/supported accommodating, and private rental assistance managed by Housing NSW).
  • is a person of any age who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence.
  • is enrolling in a Certificate I to Certificate IV qualification which is on the NSW Skills List (including Apprenticeships and Trainees)

Fee-free training for Young People in out-of-home care

Young people aged 15-17 years currently in out-of-home care, and people aged 18-30 years who have previously been in out-of-home care, are now eligible for fee-free vocational training under Smart and Skilled.

You are eligible if you meet the fee-free scholarship eligilibility and the out-of-home care criteria below:
  • be aged 15-17 years and currently in out-of-home care or
  • be aged 18-30 years and have previously been in out-of-home care.
View this PDF for more information on out-of-home care.

Fee-free training for people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence

Undertaking training can help rebuild someone's life and get them back into the workforce.

People who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence, and/or their dependant(s), may be eligible for free training that is funded by the NSW government under the Smart and Skilled initiative.

For more detailed information please visit the Smart and Skilled website or read this Fact Sheet.

Training options for Asylum Seekers and Refugees

If you're an asylum seeker or refugee, you may be eligible to receive fee-free training for qualifications up to Certificate IV level on the NSW Skills List. If you are studying an eligible course and it commences on or after 1 January 2017 you will not pay any course fees under Smart and Skilled.

To find out if you are eligible or for more information please visit the Smart and Skilled website or read this Fact Sheet.

Want more information?

You can contact our Customer Service on 13 7974 or visit the Government’s Smart and Skilled website.


Mick Young Scholarships

Are you:
  • A current full-time, part-time or prospective student of TAFE SWSi for 2015?
  • An Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident?
  • Experiencing financial disadvantage, but motivated and committed to furthering your education?
You may be eligible to apply for financial assistance.

Mick Young Scholarships are available to assist students who can demonstrate financial hardship and motivation to complete a TAFE qualification. The scholarship can go towards expenses such as your textbooks, equipment, transport and course fees.

Mick Young Scholarships are funded by TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute and awarded by the TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships Foundation. Scholarship funds are provided to successful applicants in a one-off payment ranging from $500 - $1,000.


  • All applications will be acknowledged in writing, usually by email
  • All fields in this Application Form must be completed or write “N/A” if not applicable
  • Evidence of motivation and financial hardship may be required
  • Scholarships are available to students studying full-time and part-time
  • Only Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia can apply
  • Scholarships are only available for study of approved Australian courses included on or approved by Commonwealth Department of Education
  • International students studying in Australia are not eligible to apply.

Application process

Applications for TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute Mick Young Scholarships are currently closed.



Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) Scholarships

NSW Health in partnership with TAFE NSW offer scholarships for the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) program across NSW.

Successful applicants will be
  • provided with a place in the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) program to commence at multiple locations across NSW from March 2017.
  • required to pay the student fee component of the Diploma up-front. You may be able to access VET FEE-HELP to cover this cost.

The duration of the program is between 12 and 18 months.
Selection for a scholarship is a competitive process which includes a written application, literacy and numeracy assessment, and an interview.

All applicants will be required to:
  • undergo a National Police History Check
  • provide two written references
  • meet English language skill requirements
  • provide evidence of HSC completion (or equivalent) or a Certificate III qualification (or equivalent)

How to apply

More information and an application information package  is available from the NSW Health website. Check your eligibility for an Enrolled Nurse scholarship.

Applications are open until 10 February 2017.



Lord Mayor Scholarship Program

The Lord Mayor’s Scholarship Program is an annual award that has been developed in recognition of the importance of the next generation of business and community leaders to the future growth and development of Parramatta. The program supports, rewards and encourages the professional development of the City’s future young professionals.

Parramatta City Council is proud to support students who are motivated to seek tertiary study and need financial support. At Parramatta City Council, we know that education is the door to a brighter future.
The Lord Mayor’s Scholarship Program will open the door for:

  • 8 first year students to receive $1,000 each and
  • 8 second and third year students to receive $500 each.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify you need to be:

  • 15 years and over
  • enrolled in the first year of an Australian accredited TAFE or University course in 2015
  • studying full time in 2015
  • a permanent Australian resident
  • permanently residing within the Parramatta LGA
  • supported by a recognised community leader/organisation

Application Process

Applicationa are currently closed.
For more information contact Parramatta City Council on 9806 5000.

We will update this page when new information for 2017 becomes available.
For 2017 program guidelines click here 



Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships

If you are an apprentice who is struggling financially and you meet the eligibility criteria, you could apply for a Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarship.
The Bert Evans Apprentice Scholarships will assist apprentices in NSW who have demonstrated:
  • hardship in their personal circumstances.
  • aptitude for vocational education and training to lead to successfully completing their trade training.
  • a positive attitude and application in the workplace and in off the job training.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible apprentices must:
  • Be an Australian citizen or hold permanent resident status.
  • Have commenced between 1st March 2016 and 30th May 2017.
  • Be resident in NSW for the term of the apprenticeship.
  • The apprenticeship must be in a trade in a skill shortage category in NSW.
The apprentice must be one of the following:
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander apprentice.
  • Apprentice with a disability.
  • Female apprentice in a non-traditional trade for women.
  • Apprentice working in a skills shortage occupation and experiencing hardship.
The Scholarships are worth $5,000 per year for up to three years.

How to nominate

Applicationa are currently OPEN. Applications close Tuesday 30 May, 5pm.

For details of the application process download the following:

The application form will require a statement each from the employer and a representative of the registered training organisation.

Information on the scholarships is available from State Training Services Regional Centres on 13 28 11 and at


FACS HSC Youth Scholarships

Would a $1,000 scholarship help you with your studies?

The Family and Community Services HSC Youth Scholarship Program assists eligible young people living in social housing to complete the HSC or TAFE equivalent by providing a one-off payment of $1,000 to be spent on educational related items.

Eligibility criteria

A student is eligible to apply if he/she:
  • is living in social housing (public, community or Aboriginal Housing), on the NSW Housing register, receiving FACS private rental assistance, living in crisis or supported accommodation or in out-of-home-care.
  • is studying in Year 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE college for the HSC or TAFE equivalent in 2017
  • is aged under 25 years on 1 December 2017
  • is an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • does not earn an income higher than the NSW social housing eligibility limits (if earning an income).

How to apply

The 2017 round of youth scholarships applications open 9am on Monday 16 January 2017 and close 7pm on Friday 24 February 2017.

Application can be made on the FACS Housing NSW website.

To find out if you are eligible or for more information please visit the FACS Housing NSW website or read this Fact Sheet.

For more information:
Call: 1300 468 746 (Housing NSW Contact Centre)