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TAFE Education in Australia

TAFEIn Australia, attending a Technical And Further Education (TAFE) institute is a very popular way to gain a qualification. TAFE is the Australian version of community college. TAFE Institutes are found across the country, and offer a range of programs for both Australian and international students.

TAFE delivers a large selection of short and long courses which can be studied full or part-time, or even through online learning, depending on the program. Subject matter taught includes hospitality, construction, engineering, tourism, finance, business, visual and graphic arts, IT, and community services.

For the most part, a graduate receives a qualification ranging from a Certificate I to an Advanced diploma. However, since 2002 some TAFEs have been offering bachelor degrees and postgraduate diplomas in a small number of programs.

Study Get AssistanceThe TAFE system is managed by each State independently, and the programs tend to be heavily funded by the government.  The TAFE organisation works closely with industry and government in order to ensure that course content is relevant, up-to-date, and meets industry standards.

If you would like to study at TAFE, it may be possible to have your prior learning and experience counted towards your qualification. In addition, much of what you learn at TAFE can then be transferred to a university to continue your education to a higher level.


The TAFE you choose to attend will depend on where you settle in Australia and/or the program you wish to pursue.  Below is a list of the TAFE institutions across the country. Some have multiple campuses. Click below to see the institutes per state. Our partner Drake Student Recruitment can help you find the perfect TAFE course for your study goals in Australia.


New South Wales
There are ten TAFE NSW Institutes: Hunter Institute, Illawarra Institute, New England Institute, North Coast Institute, Northern Sydney Institute, Riverina Institute, South Western Sydney Institute, Sydney Institute Western Institute, Western Sydney Institute (including OTEN)
There are 14 TAFE Queensland institutes: Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE, Bremer Institute of TAFE, Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, Central Queensland Institute of TAFE, Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, Mount Isa Institute of TAFE, SkillsTech Australia, Southbank Institute of Technology, Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE, TAFE Open Learning, Tropical North Queensland TAFE, Wide Bay Institute of TAFE
In Victoria there are 20 institutes: Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE, Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Chisholm Institute, East Gippsland Institute of TAFE, Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE, Gordon Institute of TAFE, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE , Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Kangan Institute. Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, RMIT University, South West Institute of TAFE, Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Ballarat, Victoria University William Angliss Institute of TAFE, Wodonga Institute of TAFE, DECA (Driver Education Centre of Australia)
Western Australia
In Western Australia, TAFEWA includes: Central Institute of Technology, Challenger Institute of Technology, Polytechnic West, West Coast Institute of Training, Durack Institute of Technology, C. Y. O’Connor College of TAFE, Great Southern TAFE, Kimberley TAFE, Pilbara TAFE, South West Regional College of TAFE, Curtin Vocational Training and Education Centre (Curtin VTEC) at Curtin University of Technology
South Australia
In South Australia, TAFE SA includes: TAFE SA Adelaide North, TAFE SA Adelaide South, TAFE SA Regional
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
In the Australian Capital Territory there is one TAFE: Canberra Institute of Technology
Northern Territory (NT)
In the Northern Territory the 2 TAFEs include: Charles Darwin University, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
In In Tasmania, TAFE Tasmania includes: Institute of TAFE Tasmania, Drysdale Institute, Australian Maritime College TAFE,