There are five steps to enrolling in a course at TAFE SWSi.

  1. Find a course
  2. Check the course entry requirements
  3. Make sure you have a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  4. Check what you need to bring to enrolment (see enrol and pay tab below)
  5. Enrol and pay, or register your interest
The enrolment process is different if you are;


Find a course

Step 1: Find a course you are interested in

Search for a course using our course search function, or call 13 7974 and speak to one of our friendly customer service officers.

Not sure what you want to do?

Go to our ‘what you can study’ page and browse through the different study areas offered by TAFE SWSi, or take a look at our Career and Study Guide and choose a career that’s right for you.

Or, speak to one of our career advisors/counsellors who can help put you on the right career path.

Entry Requirements

Step 2: Check the course entry requirements to see if you are eligible

Some of our courses have specific entry requirements. Once you have chosen your course and the college you wish to attend, you need to check that you meet these requirements.

This could include qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience and/or minimum age requirements that you must meet before you can enrol. These can be found in the course details.

You can also have your existing skills or previous learning recognised and counted towards your course, meaning you can fast track your training.


Eligibility for access to Government Subsidised training with TAFE NSW

To be eligible for a place in a government subsidised course you must be:
  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen
  • aged 15 years or older
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • registered as a NSW apprentice or new entrant trainee.

Click here for more information on Access to Government Subsidised Training.

Temporary Visa Holders

Depending on your visa sub-class, you may be required to pay tuition fees and the TAFE NSW fee. Visit the Temporary Visa Holder enrolment information page for more information.


Step 3: You will need to have a Unique Student Identifier to enrol

What is the Unique Student Identifier?

From 1 January 2015, all students participating in Nationally Recognised Training in Australia will need to have a Unique Student Identifier, or USI. 

This includes students completing an apprenticeship or skill set, certificate or diploma course.

Your USI links to an online account that contains all your training records and results (transcript) that you have completed from 1 January 2015 onwards. Your results from 2016 will be available in your USI account in 2017.
Your USI allows you to:
  • find, collate and authenticate your  VET achievements into a single transcript
  • Access your information any-time, anywhere from your computer, tablet or smart phone
  • ensure your records are never lost or misplaced.

How do I get a USI?

It is free and easy for you to create your own USI online.
You can create your own USI online by visiting the USI website.

I have set up my USI – what next?

You can enrol with TAFE SWSi! 
You will need a USI for government subsidised training. Please make sure you have your USI ready for when you complete your enrolment.
For information on 2017 fees visit our course fees page, the Smart and Skilled website, the State Training Services website or call us on 13 SWSi (13 7974)
Enrol and pay

Step 4: Enrol and pay online or in person, or register your interest

Enrol and pay online

Follow the enrolment instructions and complete your enrolment by paying the course fee. Specific course fees are listed against each course. Many courses and students are eligible for subsidised training, concessions or exemptions from the course fee. See our eligibility section in course fees for more information.

Your place in a course is not confirmed until the fee for your course is paid.

The students below are required to attend a college with documentation to confirm their eligibility for study and to determine their fees.


After payment has been made you will be provided with confirmation of your enrolment and further instructions.

If you can't enrol online contact us on 13 7974 and we can help

Some of our more popular courses fill up fast so make sure you get in quick and pay to secure your place.


Register your interest or apply now

Some courses may also ask you to ’click here to apply’ or register your interest. Once you register you will then be provided with details of the selection process which may include:

  • a compulsory information session,
  • an interview,
  • submission of a portfolio or,
  • sitting a test or an assessment before you can complete your enrolment.

If you are eligible to enrol, you will receive an offer from TAFE SWSi and details on how to complete your enrolment.

Registering your interest for a course is NOT an enrolment.


Enrol in person at a TAFE SWSi college

For most courses you will be able to enrol online, however for courses with no compulsory information or testing sessions you can also visit your chosen college, where the course is being run, to enrol in person. Check the enrolment information in the course details or call 13 7974.


What to bring to enrolment

  • Proof of identity, such as a driver's licence or passport. Temporary Visa Holders residing in Australia must bring a current passport and visa to determine eligibility to study and applicable fees.
  • Documents to prove you meet the selection criteria - these include copies of your highest school qualification.
  • Academic transcripts from courses you have completed.
  • Apprentices /Trainees should bring an approval letter from the Department of Education and Communities that indicates a Training Contract ID or a copy of the training contract.

If you receive a benefit or allowance from Centrelink, Veterans Affairs, Austudy or Abstudy, you may be eligible for further subsidies in the form of concession or exemptions. You will need to bring documents to support your claim for concessions or exemption from the course fee.

For government subsidised courses, if you reside outside NSW you need to provide a letter from your employer on company letterhead with your workplace address listed.

Course Fees

Fees information


A range of criteria apply for course fees, access to government subsidised training, student loans, payment by instalment and fee concessions and exemptions available to eligible students.


Subsidised training eligibility

TAFE NSW delivers government subsidised training including the NSW government training under the Smart and Skilled program (see the 2017 Skills List (opens new window)).

To access government-subsidised training in TAFE NSW, including fee exemptions or concessions, you must be:

  1. an Australian citizen or meet the criteria of being an Australian permanent resident, a humanitarian visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen
  2. aged 15 years or older
  3. no longer be at school and
  4. living or working in NSW OR
  5. registered as a NSW apprentice or new entrant trainee.

When you enrol in a government subsidised TAFE NSW course you will be required to pay the Smart and Skilled student fee, unless you qualify for a fee exemption or fee concession.

You may also be eligible for a Smart & Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship.

If you are not a resident of NSW or working within NSW, you have the option of paying the fee-for-service course fee.

Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who live or work within NSW and who live at identified postcodes which border NSW shall have access to government subsidised training places in TAFE NSW.

Eligibility for Smart and Skilled – NSW government subsidised training – is available to humanitarian visa holders, and has been extended to individuals who hold a bridging visa, temporary humanitarian stay visa or temporary humanitarian concern visa commencing training on or after 1 January 2017.

Eligibility for Smart and Skilled - NSW government subsidised training - is available to registered home-schooled students (opens new window) (PDF) whose training commences on or after 1 January 2017.


How the fees are applied

When you enrol in either Fee for Service training or government subsidised training, the fee you are charged is for the whole qualification. This means you'll know the total cost of your course before you start.

The student fees and applicable charges are required to be paid, at enrolment or by scheduled instalment date/s, either by yourself (the student enrolled), the nominated 'third party' on behalf of yourself (for example, your employer), or as identified within a contract for delivery of TAFE NSW training.

The fee you pay, or the fee exemption or Smart & Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship you receive, only covers your first attempt at your course, and the first attempt at any unit of competency within your course. If you want to repeat a unit of competency you should discuss this with your head teacher as soon as possible. A separate fee will be charged for any second or further attempt to successfully achieve a unit of competency and as this fee will be determined on your specific circumstances and training needs, this fee would not be known at time of enrolment.

When your enrolment is complete and you have paid the applicable fees you will be entitled to attend class, participate in training, sit for examinations, receive educational awards, use amenities and services or receive an active TAFEcard (which provides access to library resources).

If you have outstanding fees, please contact your college or campus to discuss enrolment options and organise alternate arrangements.

All Smart and Skilled student fees are subject to change by Training Services NSW.

All TAFE NSW fees and charges are reviewed on an annual basis and are subject to change.

Students studying at Diploma or above level may be able to apply for a VET Student Loan in approved courses.


  • In addition to the Smart and Skilled student fee, concession fee or fee-for-service amount, some courses have additional costs
  • The Smart and Skilled student fee does not apply to existing worker trainees, school-based apprentices and school-based trainees who are covered by separate funding arrangements
  • TAFE-delivered HSC Vocational Education and Training courses for school students (TVET) are subject to separate funding arrangements
  • Courses offered on a fee-for-service basis have different fees. Most courses are offered as fee-for-service, including Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma courses, and some short courses

You can also visit the Smart and Skilled website (opens new window) to view the NSW Skills List qualifications, check your eligibility and calculate your course fee.

For more information, contact your nearest TAFE NSW campus.


Additional Fee Information


Fee for service courses

Many TAFE NSW courses are offered on a fee-for-service basis.

If a course is being offered on a fee-for-service basis, the price will be displayed as part of the course details. More information may also be available under the fee details section for your course.


Fees for additional subsidised qualifications and courses

As the State's public provider TAFE NSW provides training and services for specific groups to meet government priorities outside the Smart and Skilled program. Courses are offered across the key programs of:

Click here for more information on the student fees for these courses.


Fee exemptions

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders:

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are eligible to be exempt from paying the Smart and Skilled student fee if they live or work in NSW or live at identified postcodes which border NSW.

Students with a disability:

Students who live or work in NSW and who receive a disability support pension and students with a disability (clients of a Teacher/Consultant for students with a disability or a specialist professional) are exempt from paying the Smart and Skilled student fee.

Students who are the current dependent child, spouse or partner of a recipient of a Disability Support Pension are exempt from paying the Smart and Skilled student fee.

Where you are in receipt of a disability support pension, a check of your CRN will be made with Centrelink to validate your eligibility for a fee exemption. The consent and authorisation for validating your CRN with Centrelink is given when accepting the conditions of your enrolment.

To complete your enrolment, you may need to fill in the TAFE NSW Fee Exemption application form. Contact or go to your chosen college. Your eligibility for a fee exemption is determined at time of enrolment.


Fee Waiver

Students who hold a humanitarian visa, a bridging visa (BVA,BVB,BVC,BVD,BVE) who has applied for a humanitarian visa, temporary humanitarian stay visa or temporary humanitarian concern visa, and are commencing in NSW government subsidised training, at Certificate I to Certificate IV level, on or after 1 January 2017 will be eligible to have their Student Fee waived. Additional detail is at Temporary Visa holder page.


Concession fee

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.

If you are eligible for a Smart and Skilled concession fee and aged between 15 years and 30 years, you may also be eligible to receive the Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship.

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 dependent 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.

In some circumstances, you may need to fill in the TAFE NSW Concession Fee application form, and provide documentation to support your application. (Your documentation may be provided via the Centrelink/Express Plus mobile app.

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