What is Smart and Skilled?

Includes information for pre-enrolment, and enrolled students

Fees and charges

Smart and Skilled fees, charges and payment methods

Tomaree Community College courses can be government-subsidised or provided on a ‘fee-for-service’ basis.

A fee applies for most TCC courses and must be paid when you enrol. The amount you pay depends on the type of course you study, and on your personal circumstances.

Payments can be paid with Credit Card, Cash or by Cheque (made payable to Tomaree Community College Inc.)

When a course is government-subsidised, the Smart and Skilled fee applies. Concessions or exemptions may apply for eligible students.

About 2015 Smart and Skilled course fees

In 2015 the NSW government is changing the way training in NSW is funded.

Under the new ‘Smart and Skilled’ changes, the NSW Government is targeting funding towards the skills that are needed for jobs and economic growth.

As part of these changes, the NSW Government has released the 2015 Skills List, which sets out priority areas for training. The qualifications on this list will receive government subsidies to make sure training priorities match the needs of the economy. This list includes qualifications that will attract a government subsidy in 2015 plus their prices and fees.

The 2015 Skills List  That Tomaree Community College has been approved to deliver:

  • CHC30113 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care
  •  Foundation Skills courses

To view the complete 2015 Skills List, fees and eligibility requirements visit: www.smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au.

Which courses are government-subsidised?

 

  • CHC30113 Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care
  •  Foundation Skills courses

 

From 2015, only courses on the NSW Skills List will attract government subsidies. Qualifications that are not on the NSW Skills List may be offered as fee-for-service courses.

How does this affect me?

  • Student fees will change, but will be in line with all RTOs approved as Smart and Skilled providers as the reforms are also regulating the market price of government-subsidised training.
  • Students who want to study in government-subsidised courses will need to meet specific personal eligibility criteria and choose from courses included on the NSW Skills List.
  • Continuing students who are eligible to continue their study as government-subsidised will be impacted as the fee that they pay in 2015 to complete their course will be based on the NSW Skills List student fees instead of the current TAFE NSW fee schedule.

Some students who are currently government-subsidised will need to pay a pro-rata amount of the fee-for-service fee in 2015 to complete their course because it is not on the 2014 version of the NSW Skills List.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are exempt from paying the Smart and Skilled fee.

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) are exempt from paying the Smart and Skilled fee for one course enrolment per year and are eligible for a concession fee for each subsequent course enrolment in that year.

Tomaree Community College has wheelchair disability access to all training rooms located on site.

Re-enrolling TCC students

If you have already started studying with TCC as a government-subsidised student and are continuing your course into 2015, your fees will change.

The 2014 TAFE NSW fee applies for your enrolment during 2014 only.

If your course is on the NSW Skills List, you will pay a pro-rata Smart and Skilled fee to complete your qualification.

If your course is not on the NSW Skills List, you will be required to pay a pro-rata amount of the full fee-for-service price to complete your qualification.

If you enrolled with us in 2014 and intend to continue your course into 2015, we will need to calculate your 2015 pro-rata fees. The calculation will take into account your current course progress, remaining units you still need to complete as well as exemptions, concessions, credits and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Continuing students at TCC will be contacted in January with more information about their specific circumstances.

Concessions

In 2015, concession fees per qualification will be set as a flat fee for the qualification level. Students who are eligible for a concession fee include:

  • Commonwealth welfare recipients
  • Dependent child, spouse or partner of a Commonwealth welfare recipient.

2015 concession fees per qualification

Qualification level Concession fee
Foundation course $80
Certificate I $120
Certificate II $160
Certificate III $240
Certificate IV – eligible new enrolments $240
Diploma and Advanced Diploma No concession fee

Am I eligible for a concession?

If you are eligible for government-subsidised training you may be eligible for a fee Concession. Please see the list below for applicable Commonwealth benefits or allowances:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy including Veterans Children Education Scheme
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Exceptional Circumstances Relief Payment
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate)
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (Single)
  • Sickness Allowance
  • Special Benefit
  • Veteran’s Affairs Pensions
  • Verteran’s Children Education Scheme
  • Widow Pension including Widow B Pension
  • Widow Allowance
  • Wife Pension
  • Youth Allowance

Please note:

  • A NSW Apprentice on a Newstart Allowance is not eligible for a concession fee.
  • A NSW New Entrant Trainee on a Newstart Allowance is not eligible for a concession fee
  • Claims for exemption or concession must be made at the time you enrol for the course. It is not possible to change the type of fee you pay after you have commenced training

Students who are recognised as the dependant child/spouse/partner of a recipient of an eligible benefit or allowance may also be eligible for the concession fee. To find out if you are eligible for a full-fee exemption or concession fee, contact TCC before enrolling. TCC can also advise you about what documentation you will need to bring with you to enrol.

Proof of Concessions/exemptions

Exemptions/Concessions: Disability – Evidence – Centrelink evidence proof of Disability Support Pension; or documentary evidence of training support needs due to their disability; a letter or statement from: A medical practitioner or  an appropriate government agency  or relevant specialist allied health professional or centrelink evidence – dependent child of a recipient of a Disability Support Pension.

Concession: welfare recipient – Evidence – Centrelink evidence – Proof of benefit; or Centrelink evidence – dependent child of a specified welfare recipient.

Long term unemployed: – Evidence letter from Employment Service Provider.

Location Loading: – Evidence student decloration.

Proof of eligibility – acceptable evidence

Proof of identity/personal and program eligibility:

Proof of identify – USI.

Citizenship, Australian permanent resident, Humanitarian visa holder

Evidence required – Australian passport, birth certificate or a certificate of Evidence of Resident status (CERS), which confirms status as a Australian permanent resident; or Humanitarian visa.

Date or birth  Evidence- student declaration/signature and valid USI check undertaken by the Department

Live or work in NSW – Evidence – student declaration/signature

registration as NSW apprentice or new entrance trainee Evidence – Training contract TCID department system check against Training Contract details  stored in State Training Services database

Previous highest level qualification Evidence – student declaration/signature plus USI check of previous history. (STS system check against  Smart and Skilled records in STS database and STS check against USI transcript.

year 10 completion or equivalent (if under 17) Evidence – student declaration/signature.

Fees for students that are not entitled to a concession

This means that you do not fit in the above information. Your fees are calculated on the Smart and Skilled Website by you when you do a search for the course and training provider of your choice. www.smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au

Exemptions

If you are eligible for an exemption, you will not need to pay any fee for your qualification. Students who are eligible for a fee exemption include:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at any level
  • Students with a disability who are entitled to one fee exempt course per calendar year and must pay a concession fee for any further courses up to certificate IV level in the same year.
  • Dependent child, spouse or partner of a recipient of a Disability Support Pension who are entitled to one exempt course per calendar year and must pay a concession fee for any further courses up to certificate IV in the same year.

For specific conditions and more information on exemptions please visit:www.training.nsw.gov.au/smartandskilled/prices_fees.

USI unique Student Identifier number

The USI will allow all of your training records, entered in the national vocational education and training (VET) data collection, to be linked. Wherever you enrol and complete training it will be available to you through the National VET data collection. The USI will be available online and at no cost to you. The USI will stay with you for life and be recorded with any nationally recognised VET course that is undertaken from 1st January 2015.

Why do I need a USI?

You may need to provide evidence of your academic achievements, for example when applying for a job or to undertake further study.

Everyone undertaking nationally recognised VET courses will need to have a USI to receive their statement of attainment or qualification.

Your USI must be provided to Tomaree Community College before you can receive a statement of attainment or qualification. Tomaree Community College will not be allowed to issue your certificate unless we have your USI recorded.

If you are a continuing student from 2014 into 2015, you will still need to apply for a USI.

Privacy

What about my privacy and how will it be protected?

The protection of your USI – and the personal and educational data that it links to – is paramount and important safeguards will be in place to protect your privacy. You will have control over your USI and you can determine who can have access to your personal and educational records associated with it.

What is the benefit to me?

The USI will make it easier for you to find, collate and authenticate your VET achievements into a single transcript. It will also ensure that your VET records are not lost.

Tomaree Community College can get a USI on your behalf if you don’t have internet access at home. To enable TCC to do this you must provide consent. You will be sent a message by the chosen pathway e.g. email, phone with your new USI number and an activation link. There is a fact sheet located at the TCC admin office with step by step instructions on the procedures to follow, you can allow access to your USI and personal details through the USI portal you are able to manage what training organisations can access and update your details in the future. When you give TCC your USI number on commencement of training your number will be verified with your consent so that your number is you.

Government help for study expenses

When you study at TCC, you may be eligible for Centrelink benefits such as Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance. Check with Centrelink to find out what you can claim.

Where Do I go from Here?

Enquiry  Process: There is an Enquiry form to complete by the prospective student that is available from the main building office. The next process that follows is:

The enrolment process Identification when you enrol onto a training course, you will be asked to supply the following identification:

A copy of your ID such as students photo ID / drivers licence

A photo (a TCC staff member will take your photo using their mobile phone with your consent this may be uploaded with your enrolment)

A Unique Student Identifier (USI) number, if you do not have a USI, you will need to apply for one upon enrolment by visiting www.usi.gov.au

For students, when creating your USI please make sure you have one form of ID from the list below ready:

Driver’s Licence

Medicare Card

Australian Passport

Birth Certificate (Australian) *please note a Birth Certificate extract is not sufficient

Certificate Of Registration By Descent Citizenship Certificate

You will also be asked to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment this tool is used by the RTO to identify any

additional support services that you may find beneficial throughout your training.

Enrolments cannot be processed until such time until the above mentioned have been provided

Notification of Enrolment process:

Tomaree Community College under contract must do the following in accordance to the guidelines for the Smart and Skilled program:
To undertake a notification of enrolment for a student the following must occur:
1. Complete an enquiry.
2. A Quote ID is issued for the enquiry. (A Quote ID is
only issued if the enquiry is successful, which
means the individual is eligible to undertake the Smart and Skilled subsidised course selected.)
3. Complete the additional information required for the
Notification of Enrolment. (This step cannot be completed if the enquiry is not successful.)
Note:
A successful Notification of Enrolment for a student is achieved when a provider is issued with a
Commitment ID.
The USI must be provided in the Notification of Enrolment step.
Tomaree Community College need to ensure that USIs are valid this is done by written consent by the prospective student.

If you still have questions regarding TCC fees please call our administrating staff on 4984 1011.

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