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NSW government funded courses

Smart and skilled

Ready Health Nursing College (RHNC) is approved to deliver training to eligible students in New South Wales under the Smart and Skilled funding.

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It’s helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.
Are you Eligible?

To be eligible for NSW Smart & Skilled funding, prospective students must be:

  • 15 years old or over, and
  • no longer at school, and
  • living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas, and
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

Previous qualifications do not affect your eligibility.

​If you have a Certificate IV or higher qualification you are still able to access subsidised Smart and Skilled training up to Certificate III level, providing you meet the personal eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled. As you already have a post-school qualification, you will pay a higher fee for your Smart and Skilled training than someone who does not have any qualifications.

Who is eligible for Skilling for Recovery?

Participants eligible for NSW Smart & Skilled will also be eligible for Skilling for Recovery (SfR), providing that you meet one of the following requirements:

  • A young person aged 16 to 24 at commencement of training, regardless of employment status, including Year 12 School leavers. People aged 16 years old are eligible if they enrol in a skilling for recovery full or part qualification.
  • A person who is a recipient of a Commonwealth Government welfare benefit (and their dependants)
  • An unemployed person
  • An unemployed person who is expected to become unemployed who falls into one of the following four categories:
    • Stood down / furloughed employee
    • Person who has been employed for 6 months or less
    • Low skilled/unskilled employee
    • Workers in declining industries

If you match all of these criteria, you’ll be eligible for a fully funded qualification under the Skilling for Recovery Initiative. For more information about Skilling for Recovery, you can access a copy of Smart and Skilled Policy for Skilling for Recovery Initiative by clicking on this link.

Want to know how much Smart and Skilled funding will contribute to your course fees?

Smart and Skilled funding contributions are dependant on each individual’s circumstances, in order to provide you with an accurate contribution calculation and remaining course cost you can complete the Expressions of Interest form with the required details and we can email you a quote.

Alternatively, you can click the link below to the Smart & Skilled calculator to obtain an estimate of your eligibility.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Smart and Skilled – Notification of Enrolment Process
  1. Prospective student is required to fill out the enrolment form as well as to read and sign the Privacy Notice form show your consent. Consent must be obtained from prospective students in regards to the use of prospective student’s information prior to the enrolling.
  2. Unique Student Identifier (USI) must be created by the student and be provided to the College at enrolment. If you wish to have our staff apply for the USI on your behalf, you are required to provide authorisation by filling our Unique Student Identifier (USI) application form which is available on the last pages of our enrolment form. You can go to this link to find out more information on how to apply for USI.
  3.  Prospective student is required to provide evidence of their eligibility. Please refer to Smart and Skilled Student Eligibility Policy for more detailed information about the types of evidence to be provided.
  4. The process of Credit Transfer (CT) or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is by interview and information must be supplied and reviewed by the College (if applicable). All evidence must be gathered and verified before any CT or RPL is awarded and enrolment continued.
  5. The completed enrolment form and signed Privacy Notice form and evidence must be submitted prior to enrolment.
  6. Through the provider calculator, RHNC will validate eligibility, input details of any Credit Transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning (if applicable) and generate details of the fee chargeable and the applicable subsidy together with any loadings (if applicable). RHNC will also provide the prospective student with details of the printed Student Fee Copy.
  7. RHNC generates and maintains a hard copy or electronic copy of the Notification of Enrolment report and provides a copy of this to prospective students. Successful completion of the Notification of Enrolment process will result in the issuance of a Commitment ID.
  8. The prospective student must confirm (by reading and signing the enrolment form) that all information provided by the student to the provider, in connection with the Notification of Enrolment process is true, accurate, complete and not misleading in any way.
  9. The prospective student will be enrolled into our Data Management System and Learning Management System (VASTO) and be sent a notification upon successful enrolment in the systems via email. The notification also contains login details for the prospective student
  10. The prospective student will receive a Training Plan from RHNC as soon as the enrolment in the Student Management System is successful. Student will also be given an opportunity to have input into developing the Training Plan. Please contact your trainer or our staff in you have any feedback. The contact details of your trainer and our staff are outlined in the Training Plan too.

​For more information, please contact Ready Health Nursing College on (02) 9687 8801


Direct Application

Apply Now

You can download the enrollment form from the course page that you're interested in and send to our email. Alternatively you can visit a customer service centre at one of our campus locations .

Eligibility check

We will need to check you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for your chosen course, as well see if you're eligible to access any relevant funding. Check out the details under the important information section on the course page for a list of requirements. Gathering all your supporting eligibility documents together ready to supply to us when requested will help speed up this process.


Once your application has been accepted and you have accepted an offer for a place in your course you will receive an enrolment email that includes all the practical information you need to know including timetables and orientation information.

Eligibility Documents

You are eligible to study a course if you meet the entry requirements. Entry requirements are the minimum qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience, and attributes you need to successfully complete the course.

Not all courses have entry requirements, but some have very specific mandatory conditions you must meet before you can enrol. You must be able to show that you meet the entry requirements to be able to enrol in the course. The entry requirements for each course should be clearly displayed in the course information, so ensure that you read through the details carefully.

How to show you meet the entry requirements

When you enrol, you may be asked to undertake one, or more, of the following steps.

  • Prove that you meet the educational requirements for your chosen course (e.g. you will need to provide your HSC transcript, or proof of your work skills).
  • Support your claim for recognition (e.g. you will need to provide certified copies of your previous qualification(s), transcripts of studies you have undertaken and possibly other evidence).
  • Support your claim for an exemption from fees or a fee concession (e.g. proof of pension).

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

To study for a nationally recognised qualification at a registered training organisation (RTO), you will need to have a USI number.

What is a USI number?

USI is a unique student identifier number that gives you an online record of your VET training undertaken in Australia.

Your USI:

  • is made up of a combination of 10 numbers and letters
  • gives you access to an account containing your completed training records and results (from 1 January 2015 onwards)
  • will help you provide evidence of your studies when you apply for a job or undertake further study.

If you don’t already have a USI number, you can register for one through the Australian Government website. You can also use the website to find your USI or check to see if you already have one.

Please note that when you register for a USI number, you will also need to give permission for your local records and your USI.

Police Checks

All students must undertake a Federal Police Check at the commencement of their nursing courses.

If the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Certificate, is more than 3 years old, a new (AFP) must be undertaken.

This is an entry requirement. Ready Health Nursing College is registered with Fit2Work Criminal Checks and can assist only to facilitate the process for entry into the work placements without delay at the same cost of the online application. The student must sign for the identity documentation used in the process, which is like the Enrolment information required by the State Funding Bodies. Students must declare any convictions on their criminal record prior to enrolment.

As per the Aged Care Principles, participants may not be allowed to work in the Aged Care Industry if their record contains a conviction for assault or theft, and hence should not enrol for study towards work in this industry unless the record is clear. Hence Nursing Homes offering work placements for students from Ready Health Nursing College have the right to refuse access to a student because of a criminal record.

All work experience facilities require a copy of the AFP Record and students must give Ready Health Nursing College full permission to forward a copy of the AFP Record to their work placement facility.

Ready Health Nursing College has in place a contractual agreement with Fit2Work for application of Police Clearance checks on behalf of student, whereby students pay online for their processing of the Police Check. The 100-point check requires valid identification such as Passport; Medicare; Drivers licence etc. The fee is $55. The payment option is included in the student fee structure.

Immunisations and Vaccinations

Ready Health Nursing College strongly recommends students attend their doctor for advice on getting the following vaccinations prior to work experience as most Aged Care facilities stipulate this requirement for work placement:

Hepatitis A & B, Influenza, Tuberculosis, Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella. Proof of vaccination is required by the Nursing Homes, prior to work placement.

The Federal Govt is currently reviewing the requirements for the vaccinations against the Corona Virus relevant strains and students must seek their Doctors’ advice for medical suitability, as the mandatory requirements for working with vulnerable clients, and work placements in the Aged Care, Disability and Home and Community sectors are high risk areas. Residents and Disability clients have a right to refuse a care worker into their home if the care worker is not immunised. Evidence of vaccination must be available as required by the Work placements facilities.

Fee Structure

Work Placement

Ready Health Nursing College has contractual agreements with the workplace facilities, for the work experience of the students. Most workplaces prefer students to undertake the 15 days (120 hours) between Monday-Friday for 3 weeks. Ready Health Nursing College will advocate for students who may have childcare or work commitments, to have flexibility on preferred days, evening, some weekend or night shifts, which is very limited and based on the Nursing Home accepting the students when a suitable assessor is on duty to support learning.

Ready Health Nursing College has Public Liability, Professional Indemnity, Student Volunteer, Work Cover and Building Insurances which covers students while in class or on work experience.

Extensive Industry Consultation is undertaken to support students learning with industry tools, forms, practices, terminology, policies and changes.

Students are supported in obtaining their Police checks, vaccination locations, and preparation for the work experience with practice with the WHS equipment, PPE, and infection control procedures in the 4 bed Clinical Lab, in each College. The Assessor from the College expects of the student, that they be punctual and prepared when commencing the shift, be “hands on” and ready. Hence, every effort is made to place students in facilities that are as close to their homes as possible. Ready Health Nursing College checks that a suitable mentor is allocated to the student and works closely with the management to ensure the monitoring and assessing the students learning.

During the lockdown periods, most facilities are closed. However, some facilities have continued to accept our students in the work place, due to their location, screening and high level of training that allowed the student to be a part of the organisation during a time of skill shortage in the workforce, done with continuous monitoring of students by the College.

Duration of the course

The course is considered Full Time. The students attend the face-to-face, classroom-based training for two full days. The 15 work experience days (120 hours), are spread across each of the courses, which has 13 units for the CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (each in Aged Care, Disability and Home and Community) and 18 units for the CHC43015 Certificate IV in Ageing Support, respectively. The course is designed on nominal hours and by attending the workplace, between class days, students can apply knowledge and skills for each Unit relatively proficiently. This allows students to enrol into a course when they are ready. Ready Health Nursing College assesses the criterion for Recognised Prior Learning and Credit Transfers and the length of the course is supported within this process.

Application Checklist

Once you’ve chosen your course, there are a few things you can do to ensure your application sails through quickly and easily..

Read the important information

At the bottom of each course information page you will find a section called Important information. Please read this carefully before applying to make sure you understand all the requirements before and during your studies. The important information will outline any previous experience or knowledge you might need, as well as resources you require, registrations you might need to have or complete, and details about vocational or work placements.

Entry Requirements

Please check you meet the course entry requirements prior to applying. You can find details of the course entry requirements under Important information on the course information page.

Selection Criteria

Some courses have additional selection criteria in addition to course entry requirements. You will find these detailed under the Important information section of the course information page, if applicable.

Terms and Conditions

Applying for a course does not guarantee you a place in that course. Your place is only guaranteed once you have accepted your offer for a place in that course and enrol into units. Enrolling means that you are committing yourself to study, and to paying the associated fees.

The tuition fees and applicable charges are required to be paid at enrolment or by scheduled instalment dates either by yourself, a nominated third party (e.g. your employer), or as identified within a contract for delivery of Ready Health Nursing College training. Students studying approved VET courses at diploma level or above may be eligible to apply for a VET Student Loan. Students studying Higher Education courses may be eligible to apply for FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP depending on your course of study.


This policy is based on providing and maintaining training services that are fair and reasonable and afford a forum where issues or inadequacies can be resolved. This process provides opportunity for complaints and appeals to be forwarded to Ready Health Nursing College management in a timely and confidential manner.


The Director of Ready Health Nursing College is the Complaints Resolution Officer. The Director may delegate responsibility for the resolution of the complaint if necessary.

The object of this policy is to ensure that Ready Health Nursing College staff act in a professional manner at all times. This policy provides clients with a clear process to register a complaint or appeal. It ensures all parties involved are kept informed of the resulting actions and outcomes.

3.1 Complaints and Appeals

If a client has a complaint they are encouraged to speak immediately with the trainer to resolve the issue. If the complainant is not satisfied that the issue has been resolved they will be asked to complete a Corrective Action Form available from either the trainer or administration staff. Ready Health Nursing College will then investigate the complaint and advise the complainant of the outcome as per the Complaints Flow Chart. Ready Health Nursing College will provide a “Corrective Actions Form” in a place that is easily accessible to all stakeholders in a constructive and timely manner. Ready Health Nursing College will acknowledge any complaint lodged and inform the complainant of the process that will be followed and action/s to be taken. Each complaint and its outcome are recorded in writing. Each complaint is heard by an independent person. The student is given a written statement of the complaint outcomes; including reasons for the decision. The complainant will receive feedback until the concern is resolved which should be no more than twenty-eight days from the receipt of the formal complaint. Ready Health Nursing College will ensure that complainants do not suffer any reprisal. All complaints received will be recorded in a risk register for periodical analysis.


3.2 Complaints procedure

The complainant will be encouraged to resolve the issue with the person(s) involved directly. If this is not an option, participants can report a complaint via the following options:

      • Verbally: to the Trainer, Assessor, and the Director Clinical Governance, the Director Corporate Governance or the CEO.
      • In writing: using a Corrective Actions Form (CAF), or simple letter format, or email to be lodged with the CEO
      • Complaints may be made via: the Course Evaluation Form
      • Complaints may be made anonymously.
      • A formal investigation of the complaint will be initiated within 48 hours of receiving the information, or if via ASQA, then the RTO will comply with the period stipulated by ASQA.
      • If the investigation substantiates the complaint and identifies an area requiring improvement, a suitable solution will be found as soon as possible.
      • If possible, the resolution method will be found in consultation with all persons involved in the complaint.
      • If the above options are unsuccessful, an independent mediator may be asked to assist in the resolution of the grievance.
      • If all of the above are unsuccessful then an external agency may be required to assist in resolving the grievance. Staff and Students may seek advice or lodge their complaint with one of the external agencies listed below:

If your complaint is related to the quality of the training and you are not satisfied with the way your complaint was handled or the outcome, contact:

Access to the Complaints Policy and Procedure is via:

A course policy and procedure manual, outlining information relevant to the course is located in the classroom and all students are encouraged to read the manual. The complaints procedure is explained at enrolment and signed for in the Student Orientation Checklist.

The complaint procedure is in the Student Handbook.

Credit Transfers

The Credit Transfer is the progression of students through qualifications by giving credit for learning outcomes they already have achieved. Credit outcomes may allow for entry into a qualification and/or provide credit towards the qualification. Credit given may reduce the time required for a student to achieve the qualification.

It provides a means for students to gain credit in an AQF qualification on the basis of completed components of another AQF qualification or other formal learning.

The credit transfer process involves:

  • mapping, comparing, and evaluating the extent to which the learning outcome, discipline content and assessment requirements of the individual components of one qualification are equivalent to the learning outcomes, discipline content and assessment requirements of the individual components of another qualification
  • making a judgment about the credit to be assigned between the matched components of the two qualifications. The agreed credit outcomes may include any form of credit: block, specified or unspecified credit.
Credit transfer applied

Ready Health Nursing College is responsible developing credit transfer arrangements for its qualifications on scope with qualifications of other providers. Our decisions ensure that integrity of qualification outcomes is maintained and that there is consistency, fairness, and transparency in the decision-making process. These are well documented and made available to students. Credit transfer may be provided to students on an individual basis or may apply to groups of students, providing they can provide the relevant official evidence. However, the total amount of credit will vary from individual to individual, based on which qualification(s) or combinations of qualification components have been successfully completed.

Credit Transfers can be validated by other RTOs when students enrol there, using the QR Code of the Qualification attained at Ready Health Nursing College.

Likewise, Ready Health Nursing College will validate the authenticity of Units of Competencies attained at other RTOs.

Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process used by Ready Health Nursing College to evaluate the student’s skills, knowledge and experience gained through working and learning, in Australia or overseas, be it through life experience, work or other activities such as volunteering. We can also provide a credit against units of competency, often shortening the time needed to undertake a qualification.

The four steps involved in receiving a qualification through RPL are:

  • A free, no obligation, RPL skills check provided by an experienced Trainer/ Assessor in consultation with the workplace Skills Certified representative or Manager
  • Compiling and submitting your ‘Experience Portfolio’ to provide relevant documentation such as photos and videos of you on the job, references, previous qualifications, current resume, job description etc. that verifies the competency level being undertaken in the course
  • A qualified Trainer /Assessor from Ready Health Nursing College, will review the evidence and determine if you are competent in the units for that qualification via an RPL assessment
  • If Ready Health Nursing College assesses you as competent in the required units of competency, then those Units or the qualification will be awarded by Ready Health Nursing College as gained though RPL.