Community Service Obligation


Community Service Obligation

The NSW Government’s Community Service Obligation (CSO) Program provides additional support to disadvantaged students who have barriers to studying a full qualification.

This may include students who are:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • living with a disability
  • long-term unemployed
  • Commonwealth welfare recipients and their dependants
  • 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.

Do you experience any of the following?

If you answer YES to one or more of the following, you could qualify for CSO subsidised training at Macquarie Community College.

  • 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 CSO 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

Am I eligible?

To be eligible you must be:

  • an Australian citizen/permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen
  • 15 years of age or older
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW

To check your eligibility and subsidised training status for any of our courses please contact us on:

PLEASE NOTE: This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.