ACE Community Service Obligation Funding

What is CSO?

The ACE Community Service Obligation Program has been designed to support people 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.

Barriers might include (but are not limited to) one of the following:

  • Limited employability skills
  • Limited or no computer skills
  • Ongoing personal issues impacting on educational achievement
  • Financial limitations in accessing childcare, transport and/or respite care
  • Literacy, language or numeracy needs

Disadvantaged learners may include:

  • Job seekers
  • Students who are Commonwealth welfare recipients and their dependents
  • 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
  • People in regional and remote communities


To be eligible for funding under the CSO 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
  • Living or working in NSW.

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)
  • Job Ready Skills ^
  • Basic Computer Skills for Work ^
  • Customer Service Skills ^
  • Medical Terminology ^
  • Improve your Pronunciation ^
  • Improve your Writing & Reading (Intermediate) ^
  • Improve your Writing & Reading (Advanced) ^
  • Conversation Skills
  • Excel 2010 Level 1 ^
  • Excel 2010 Just the Basics
  • Excel 2010 Level 2
  • PowerPoint 2010 Level 1 ^
  • PowerPoint 2010 Just the Basics
  • Word 2010 Level 1 ^
  • Word 2010 Level 2
  • MS Word Skills for Work ^
  • Outlook skills for Work
  • Create a Website with
  • Indesign CS6 Level 1
  • Illustrator CS6 Level 1
  • Photoshop CS6 Level 1
  • Photoshop CS6 Just the Basics
  • MYOB Accountright 19 Level 1 ^
  • MYOB Accountright 19: Intro to Payroll ^
  • Basic Bookkeeping & MYOB ^
  • Provide First Aid ^
  • Starting your own Small Business
  • Get Ready for Import/Export

^ 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 PowerPoint 2010 Just the Basics, you could also attend Excel 2010 Level 1 – the cost difference to study both courses would be minimal, depending upon your eligibility.

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

A recent Government decision means there is NO course fee in 2016 for eligible students.

What Next?

For more information please contact Fran Butterworth on 9970 1007, email or Susan Wilkinson 9970 1000, email 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