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Adult & Community Education

Community Service Obligation (CSO) Funding

The NSW Government’s Adult and Community Education (ACE) Program provides additional support to disadvantaged students who have barriers to studying a full qualification. The ACE Program aims to promote access and increase vocational education and training outcomes for those who experience significant barriers to training and employment.

Under ACE CSO funding, you may be eligible for one of our nationally accredited training courses if you meet the following eligibility criteria:

You must meet all of the following criteria:
  • 15 years old or over

  • no longer at school

  • living or working in NSW

  • Australian OR New Zealand Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident OR a Humanitarian Visa Holder, OR a Partner Visa Holder whose sponsor is a current or past Humanitarian Visa Holder.

AND at least one of the following applies to you. You are:

  • an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and/or;

  • living with a disability and/or

  • long-term unemployed

  • a Commonwealth welfare recipients and their dependants

  • a migrants/refugees who are unemployed or underemployed

  • experiencing other barriers to the Smart and Skilled entitlement program

  • living in regional and remote communities where training under the Smart and Skilled entitlement program cannot easily be accessed.


AND you answer Yes to one of the following questions:

  • Do you need assistance with reading, writing and numeracy?

  • Do you have limited employability skills?

  • Are you receiving a Centrelink benefit?

  • Do you have ongoing personal issues which affect your ability to attend or succeed with your learning?

  • Do you live in a regional or remote community where access to training under the Smart and Skilled entitlement program is difficult?

What type of training can I do?

Adult and Community Education (ACE) programs support training that is linked to the NSW Skills List. This includes:

  • short courses involving nationally accredited units of competency and other tailored training

  • units/modules supporting language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills

  • targeted training and limited full qualifications up to and including Certificate III qualifications for those who are experiencing barriers

To find out more about the courses and to check your eligibility, please get in touch;

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02 6583 7288

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