ACE Program Byron Community College

ACE Program

Adult and Community Education (ACE) Program

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.


The ACE Program aims to support disadvantaged students across NSW and students from Regional and Remote Communities who experience barriers to training and employment.

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

ACE Programs are linked to the NSW Skills List, including:

  • short courses involving nationally recognised 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 to an entitlement

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.

Student eligibility for ACE Program

To be eligible for government subsidised training, you must be:

  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, or a New Zealand; and
  • Live or work in New South Wales; and
  • Be aged 15 years or older;
  • No longer be at school or equivalent; and
  • Provide the College with your USI at the time of enrolment (admin staff can assist you in obtaining a USI); and
  • Not have successfully completed one or more of the unit of competencies listed under Units of Study Required for an ACE Program course

Pre-enrolment information

Students applying for a subsidised place will need to complete an application form. The application form will contain the following:

  • student information
  • a valid Unique Student Identification (USI) number
  • information and evidence a student is required to provide
  • consents and declarations

For further details regarding the collection of personal information refer to the
Data and Privacy policy

Student Support Services

We provide the following student support services. Please contact us if you require further information:

  • Improving learning skills
  • Assistance in completing assignments or studying for exams
  • Improving literacy or help with challenges related to English as a second language
  • Difficulties with study, decisions to defer from study
  • Learning skills relating to reading, writing, note taking, exam & assignments preparation
  • Arranging for additional one-to one tuition

Our Student Support Officer can also assist with a range of concerns including:

  • Financial problems
  • Accommodation, health care and well-being
  • Problems with relationships, home-sickness, gambling, depression, relationship issues
  • Equity & Equal Opportunity issues, sexual harassment, discrimination issues
  • Disability Adviser regarding examination / study adjustments

Further information about the ACE Program can be found on the Training Services NSW Website