Community Service Obligation

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Community Service Obligation

The adult and community education Community Service Obligation Program (CSO) 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 might include (but are not limited to) one of the following:

  • 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
  • people in regional and remote communities.

Eligibility

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*, and
  • living or working in NSW.

* special conditions apply to ACE CSO programs for young people still at school. Please contact the College for further information.

Which Courses

This offer applies to a wide range of accredited and non-accredited courses offered by the College, delivered here in the region, plus we can individualise course programs to fit any need.

Additionally, CSO Funding* could cover as much as 80% of course costs in many cases.