ACE Community Service Obligation Funding

What is CSO?

The ACE Community Service Obligation Program has been designed to support to those who are disadvantaged and who need additional skills and knowledge to move into further study and/or gain employment. It is part of the NSW Government’s Smart & Skilled training reform.

The program will also offer support to small business owners and their staff by providing fully subsidised accredited and non accredited training in targeted courses in information technology, business services or foundation skills. This stream is referred to as Tech Savvy for Small Business (TSB) - see Tech Savvy for Small Business funding page.

Eligibility for CSO

You must be:

a) an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, and
b) be aged 15 years or older, and
c) live or work in NSW, and
d) no longer be at school or equivalent.

AND one of the following:

  • an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • someone with a disability or is the dependent child, spouse or partner of someone with a disability
  • a recipient of an Applicable Benefit, or is dependent child, spouse or partner of a recipient of an Applicable Benefit (see the table below for a list of Applicable Benefits); or
  • someone who is experiencing significant hardship as verified by a government agency, medical professional or support agency,

AND

experiencing one of the following barriers to participation in training under a Smart and Skilled Entitlement Program or other Smart and Skilled Program:

  • low literacy, language and/or numeracy skills
  • limited employability skills where students require additional support
  • persistent and ongoing personal issues impacting on educational achievement; and
  • significant educational disadvantage impacting upon student’s ability to succeed in training,

Applicable Benefits

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

( Note: The Carer Payment is a specific benefit paid by the Commonwealth; this category does not include the Carer Allowance or Carer Adjustment Pay Step)

Courses Available

The College is currently offering a range of short courses designed to help improve your work skills. These include:

RSA (Provide responsible service of alcohol SITHFAB002) ^
RCG (Provide Responsible Gambling Services SITHGAM001) ^
Barista (Use hygienic practices for food safety SITASSA001 & SITHFAB005 Prepare & serve espresso coffee) ^
Computer Skills for Work Part 1 (Windows 10, Word and using a range of digitial devices) ^
Computer Skills for Work Part 2 (Internet & Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel) ^
Touch Typing for Adults ^
Customer Service Skills ^
Medical Terminology ^
Improve your Pronunciation Skills ^
Improve your Writing & Reading (Intermediate) ^
Improve your Writing & Reading (Advanced) ^
Improve your Conversation Skills ^
Excel 2016 Introduction ^
Excel 2016 Intermediate
Excel 2016 Advanced Plus ^
Word 2016 Introduction ^
Word 2016 Intermediate ^
Outlook 2016 – Email, Contacts & Calendar ^
PowerPoint 2016 Introduction ^
Photoshop CC Level 1 ^
Indesign CC Level 1 ^
Illustrator CC Level 1 ^
Create a Website with Wordpress.com
Adobe Lightroom CC
Photoshop CC Just the Basics
Social Media at Work ^
Basic Bookkeeping & MYOB ^
Xero for Beginners
Xero Payroll
Provide First Aid (HLTAID003) ^
Provide First Aid in an Education & Care Setting (HLTAID004) ^
CPR accredited (HLTAID001) ^
Find that perfect job ^
Introduction to Assistant in Nursing ^
_^ denotes the course is accredited

*Please Note: A non-accredited course can only be studied under CSO funding if an accredited course is being studied concurrently eg if you want to attend the Photoshop CC Just the Basics, you could also attend Excel 2016 Introduction.

The focus of the CSO funding is to provide short courses to eligible applicants, however if barriers to attending an entitlement course up to and including Certificate III qualifications exist, limited full qualifications may be available.

Student Fees

No course fee for eligible students.

What Next?

For more information please contact Susan Wilkinson on 9970 1000 or email vet@nbcc.nsw.edu.au. We can assess your eligibility and your training needs to work out an individual training plan (which may include more than one course) to provide a pathway to further training and/or improved employment opportunities.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government – for more information on Smart & Skilled go to The Smart and Skilled Website

Northern Beaches Community College Inc
Registered Training Organisation – National ID 90113

Contact us

Community College Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113