ACE Program

What is the ACE Program?

The ACE Program has been designed to support people who experience barriers to training and employment. The Program will deliver short course training to eligible participants to give them the necessary skills and knowledge to move into further study and/or gain employment. It is part of the NSW Government's Smart & Skilled training reform.

Barriers may include (but are not limited to):

  • Limited employability skills
  • Ongoing personal issues impacting on educational achievement
  • Financial limitations in accessing childcare, transport and/or respite care
  • Low literacy, language, numeracy or computer skills

Disadvantaged learners may include:

  • Students who are Commonwealth welfare recipients and their dependants
  • People with a disability
  • Long term unemployed 
  • Young people (15-17 years of age) who are at risk of not making a successful transition from school to further training or work 
  • Migrant/refugees who are unemployed or underemployed 
  • People with other barriers to the Smart & Skilled entitlement program
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders   


To be eligible for funding under the ACE program you must be:

  • an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder and
  • aged 15 years or older 
  • not at school* and
  • living or working in NSW.

* special conditions apply to ACE programs for young people still at school. Contact SGSCC for further information.

If you have not completed a Certificate IV or higher level qualification, under Smart and Skilled you are entitled to enrol in a subsidised Adult and Community Education (ACE) program up to Certificate III level.

Eligible Commonwealth Welfare Benefits

These include:

  • Age Pension
  • Austudy
  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension 
  • Family Tax Benefit Part A (maximum rate)
  • Farm Household Allowance
  • Jobseeker Allowance
  • Parenting Payment (Single)
  • Special Benefit
  • Veterans' Affairs Pensions
  • Veterans' Children Education Scheme
  • Widow Allowance
  • Youth Allowance

Courses Available

Training may be provided in a range of areas including:

  • English Language and literacy
  • Job Skills Training
  • Basic computer skills
  • Computer literacy

Prior to enrolling:

Prospective students may be eligible to receive Subsidised Training under Smart and Skilled. Each program has its own eligibility criteria. Prior to enrolling please check with SGSCC your eligibility.   

Unique Student Identifier:

As a condition of your enrolment you are required to give SGSCC your Unique Student Identifier number. If you do not already have an Unique Student Identifier number SGSCC will assist you in this process.

Personal Information:

For all approved Smart and Skilled qualifications (except School Based Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program) SGSCC requires your consent for the Department of Education and Communities (the Department) to be given your Personal Information which may also be disclosed to other Australian government agencies. You will be asked to complete a Consent to use and disclosure of Personal Information to the Department of Education and Communities and other Government Agencies form. 

With your Personal Information and details of your proposed course, including details of any Credit Transfers or Recognition of Prior Learning, SGSCC will be able to calculate and notify you of your fee contribution prior to you deciding whether to enrol.

How to enrol:

Prior to enrolling please read the following information to determine your eligibility as well as to be informed of the Smart and Skilled requirements. This includes:

  1. Smart and Skilled Eligibility Criteria
  2. Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit Transfer
  3. Deferring or Continuing Subsidised Training
  4. Consumer Protection Information
  5. Support Services

You will be required to undertake an English, Language Literacy and Numeracy assessment to qualify you into your proposed course. Please contact the English Department to arrange an appointment on 02 9580 7885. 

What fees will I pay for ACE programs?

If you are eligible for subsidised training under Smart and Skilled, you pay only a portion of the training cost. The rest is subsidised by the NSW Government. Some students will be eligible for a fee exemption or a concession.

How can I find out more?

To find out more about Smart and Skilled visit the website at or Contact Us

St George & Sutherland Community College (RTO No. 7091) Trading as SGSCC English. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government