NSW Government Funded Training

NSW Smart and Skilled Contract

National Food Institute has been awarded a NSW 2018 Smart and Skilled VET Funding Contract.

This Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program enables National Food Institute to offer eligible individuals subsidised training positions in 2018.  We offer a range of courses in Food Processing and Warehousing Operations.

Tuition fees may still apply to eligible individuals. Individuals who hold relevant concession cards, concession is provided and reduced cost is payable.


Eligibility Criteria
Our Enrolment Process
Required Documents

Eligibility Criteria

Citizenship/Visa Requirement

To meet the eligibility criteria you will be required to be either:

  • living or working in NSW (determined by postcode of the usual place of residence or place of work); or
  • lives in a defined interstate NSW border area and is a Austrlain Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and


  • an Australian Citizen; or
  • a permanent Australian resident; or
  • a humanitarian visa holder; or
  • a New Zealand Citizen; and
  • is aged 15 years or older; and
  • is no longer in secondary education

To find out if you are eligible for Smart and Skilled Training click on the link below.


Your eligibility for a government-subsidised Smart and Skilled course no longer depends on your previous qualifications:

  • From 2016, all students, regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held, are able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level. This means that even if you have a higher level qualification you may still be eligible to re-train to enter (or re-enter) the workforce.
  • You can also enrol in subsidised training at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level, depending on the availability of funding for these courses.

Previous qualifications do not affect eligibility, but may affect the student fee.

When eligible individuals access Government Funded Training, this may affect future opportunities to access additional government funded training.

Our Enrolment Process

National Food Institute take a lot of care to ensure that the course you wish to enrol in is appropriate and most suitable for you at the time.  To help us make this determination, you will undergo a short pre-enrolment interview with a trainer and assessor who will ask you few short questions and get you to complete a language literacy and numeracy evaluation.  This will also assist us in making sure we provide you with the required support throughout your studies.  The process is very simple and the trainer will guide through answering all of your questions to ensure you have full understanding of the course you wish to enrol in.

As well in NSW under the Smart and Skilled Program we are required to use a Notification of Enrolment Process.

National Food Institute must only carry out notifications of enrolment via the Portal in accordance with the following process (the Notification of Enrolment Process)

(Consent) the Provider must first obtain the consent of the Prospective Student to the Department’s use of the Prospective

  • the Prospective Student signing or electronically accepting (including by ticking a check box) a consent form that includes the wording set out in Schedule 1 of the Operating Guidelines (Detailed below) or
  • the Prospective Student verbally providing their consent provided that a consent statement is recited to the Prospective Student or is made available for the Prospective Student to read

The following is an example of the consent wording as outlined in the Operating Guidelines.


I understand and agree that personal information (information or an opinion about me), collected from me, my parent or guardian, such as my name, Unique Student Identifier, date of birth, contact details, training outcomes and performance, or sensitive personal information (including my ethnicity or health information) (together Personal Information) collected by [insert name of the Provider] may be disclosed to the NSW Department of Industry (Department).

The Department may disclose my Personal Information to other Australian government agencies, including those located in States and Territories outside New South Wales.

The above government agencies may use my Personal Information for any purpose relating to the exercise of their government functions, including but not limited to the evaluation and assessment of my training, the determination of my eligibility to receive subsidised training or for any Fee Exemptions or Concessions. My Personal Information may also be disclosed to other third parties if required by law.

I consent to the collection, use and disclosure of my Personal Information in the manner outlined above.

I also acknowledge and agree that the Department may contact me by telephone email or post during or after I have ceased subsidised training with [insert name of the Provider] for the purposes of evaluating and assessing my subsidised training.

Required Documents

What to bring to you enrolment appointment
  1. Evidence of your citizenship/residency statuseither an Australian Birth Certificate, Current Australian Passport, Current New Zealand Passport, Naturalisation Certificate, Current Green Medicare Card, Formal documentation issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship confirming Permanent Residence.
  1. Evidence of your age: either a Current Drivers Licence, Current Learners Permit, Proof of Age Card or Keypass Card
  1. Any Concession Cards that you may hold: Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veterans Gold Card (or evidence you are a dependant spouse or dependent child of a person who holds one of the above cards with your name listed on this card)

For more information

Call: (03) 9850 7546

E-mail: info@nationalfoodinstitute.com.au