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Technical and further education
In Australia, technical and further education or TAFE (/ˈteɪf/) institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational
tertiary education courses, mostly qualifying courses under the National Training System/Australian Qualifications
Framework/Australian Quality Training Framework. Fields covered include business, finance, hospitality, tourism, construction,
engineering, visual arts, information technology and community work.
Individual TAFE institutions (usually with numerous campuses) are known as either colleges or institutes, depending on the state or
territory. TAFE colleges are owned, operated and financed by the various state and territory governments. This is in contrast to the
university sector, whose funding is predominantly the domain of the federal government and whose universities are predominantly
owned by the state governments.


Similar institutions


Qualifications awarded by TAFE colleges


TAFE colleges by state/territory
Australian Capital Territory
New South Wales
Northern Territory
South Australia
Western Australia


See also




External links
State and territory TAFE websites
Victorian Association of TAFE Libraries
Vocational education and training (VET)
Career guidance
TAFE union sites

Similar institutions
In New Zealand the equivalent of a TAFE is a Polytech.

Qualifications awarded by TAFE colleges
T.A.F.E colleges award Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications accredited in the Vocational Education and
Training (VET) sector that align to Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate
Certificate and Graduate Diploma qualifications.[1] In many instances TAFE study can be used as partial credit towards bachelor's
degree-level university programs.

From 2002 the TAFE education sector has been able to offer bachelor's degrees and post-graduate diploma courses to fill niche areas,
particularly vocationally focused areas of study based on industry needs. As at June 2009 10 TAFE colleges (mainly in New South
Wales,[2] Victoria, but also Western Australia, ACT, and Queensland) now confer their own degree-level awards and post graduate
diplomas, though initially not beyond the level of bachelor's degree. However Melbourne Polytechnic has been accredited in 2015 to
offer two master's degree courses.[3] Similarly, some universities, e.g. Charles Darwin University and Royal Melbourne Institute of
Technology, offer vocational education courses (traditionally the domain of TAFE); these are funded by the local state and territory
governments. Some high schools also deliver courses developed and accredited byAFEs.

Students who enrol in these undergraduate degree courses at TAFE are required to pay full fees and are not entitled to
Commonwealth Government supported student fee loans
, known as HECS loans, but may access a FEE-HELP loan scheme.[6] While
Universities have the ability and power to design and offer their own degree courses, each TAFE degree course must be assessed and
approved by the Higher Education Accreditation Committee (HEAC).

TAFEs in some states can also teach senior high school qualifications, like the VCE, Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning, and
the Higher School Certificate. Some universities, e.g. Charles Darwin Universityand Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, offer
TAFE courses; these are funded by the local state and territory governments. Some high schools also deliver courses developed and
accredited by TAFEs.
Some private institutions also offer courses from TAFEs, however they more commonly offer other vocational education and training
courses. Many Australians refer to all sub-degree courses as "TAFE" courses, no matter what institution creates or delivers the
course. Before the 1990s, the TAFEs had a near monopoly in the sector. TAFE courses provide students an opportunity for certificate,
diploma, and advanced diploma qualifications in a wide range of areas.

TAFE colleges by state/territory
In most cases, TAFE campuses are grouped into TAFE institutions along geographic lines. Most TAFEs are given a locally
recognised region of the country where they exclusively operate covering a wide range of subjects.
A few TAFEs specialise in a single area of study. These are usually found near the middle of the capital cities, and service the whole
state or territory. For example, the Trade and Technician Skills Institute in Brisbane, (from 1 July 2006), specialises in automotive,
building and construction, manufacturing and engineering, and electrical/electronic studies for students throughout Queensland. Or
the William Angliss Institute of TAFE in Melbourne which specialises in food, hospitality and tourism courses for ictoria.

Australian Capital Territory
In the Australian Capital Territory these include:
Canberra Institute of Technology

New South Wales
There are ten TAFE NSW Institutes in NSW which include:
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

Northern Territory
In the Northern Territory these include:
Charles Darwin University
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

In Queensland, TAFE Queensland includes:
As of May 2014, the TAFE institutes have amalgamated into six regions of the central TAFE Queensland (parent body). The regions
of TAFE Queensland are:[7]
Brisbane (formerly Brisbane North Institute of T
AFE, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and Southbank Institute of
Gold Coast (formerly Gold Coast Institute of T
East Coast (formerly Sunshine Coast Institute of A
T FE and Wide Bay Institute of TAFE)
South West (formerly Bremer Institute of TAFE and Southern Queensland Institute of T
North (formerly Barrier Reef Institute of T
AFE, Mount Isa Institute of TAFE and Tropical North Queensland TAFE)
SkillsTech (formerly SkillsTech Australia)

South Australia
In South Australia:

In Tasmania, there are two government TAFE organisations:
TAFE Tasmania includes:
Institute of TAFE Tasmania (general)[8]
Drysdale Institute (for tourism and hospitality)[9]
Australian Maritime College TAFE (maritime studies)

In Victoria these include:
Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE (Local: Bendigo-Echuca)
Box Hill Institute of TAFE (Local: Eastern Melbourne, Specialist: Short courses)
Chisholm Institute (Local: South East Melbourne)
East Gippsland Institute of TAFE (Local: East Gippsland)
Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE (Local: West and South Gippsland, Specialist: High-voltage electrical)
Gordon Institute of TAFE (Local: Geelong)
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (Local: North East Victoria)
Holmesglen Institute of TAFE (Local: Eastern Melbourne)
Kangan Institute (Local: North West Melbourne, Specialist: Automotive, Fashion)
Melbourne Polytechnic(Local: Northern and inner East Melbourne, Specialist: Equine, Aquaculture, Agriculture,
Viticulture, Music)
RMIT University (Specialist: Various)
South West Institute of TAFE (Local: Western District)
Sunraysia Institute of TAFE (Local: North West Victoria)

Swinburne University of Technology (Local: Eastern Melbourne)
University of Ballarat (Local: Ballarat-Wimmera)
Victoria University (Local: Western Melbourne)
William Angliss Institute of TAFE (Specialist: Hospitality)
Wodonga Institute of TAFE (Local: Wodonga, Specialist: Driving)
The University of Melbournediscontinued its TAFE arm (which specialised in agriculture and forestry) at the start of

Western Australia
In Western Australia, this includes:
North Metropolitan TAFE (Formerly Central Institute of Technology
& West Coast Institute of Training)[10]
South Metropolitan TAFE (Formerly Challenger Institute of
Technology & Polytechnic West)[11]
Central Regional TAFE (Formerly Durack Institute of Technology,
Goldfields Institute of Technology & C. Y. O'Connor Institute)[12]
South Regional TAFE (Formerly South West Institute of
Technology & Great Southern Institute of Technology)[13]
North Regional TAFE (Formerly Kimberley TAFE & Pilbara

North Metropolitan TAFE Perth campus.

See also
Education in Australia
Further education
Registered Training Organisations
TAFE Outreach
Vocational education

1. "About the AQF Register"( Retrieved 17 July 2015.
2. "TAFE NSW Higher Education",, TAFE NSW Higher Education Website
3. Melbourne Polytechnic Annual Report pp22
4. TAFE gears up to offer degrees( Rebecca
Scott, The Age 24 July 2002. Accessed 3 August 2008
5. Leesa Wheelahan, Gavin Moodie, Stephen Billett and Ann Kelly
, Higher education in TAFE (
publications/2167.html), Research report published by National Centre for V
ocational Education Research (NCVER),
3 September 2009. Accessed 24 September 2009
6. See Department of Education, Employment, and W
orkplace Relations, Full Fees and FEE-HELP(http://www.goingto
.htm), website. Accessed 19 September 2011
7. "TAFE Queensland" ( Retrieved 2014-04-26.
10. "North Metropolitan TAFE -" ( Retrieved 14 December 2016.
11. "South Metropolitan TAFE - More courses, more qualifications, more places to learn."(http://www.southmetrotafe.wa. Retrieved 14 December 2016.
12. "Central Regional TAFE -" ( Retrieved 14 December 2016.

13. "South Regional TAFE -" ( Retrieved 14 December 2016.
14. "North Regional TAFE -" ( Retrieved 14 December 2016.

External links
State and territory TAFE websites
TAFE Victoria
Victorian TAFE Courses
Trade and Technician Skills Institute
West Coast Institute of Training
TAFE Tasmania
Canberra Institute of Technology

Victorian Association of TAFE Libraries

Vocational education and training (VET)
Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Australian Flexible Learning Framework(FLX)
National Association of TAFE Managers – (AUSTAFE Inc.)
National Training Information Service(NTIS – database of VET providers and qualifications)

Career guidance
Australian Government myfuture portal: career guideRegistration required
Training Advisor- Career & TAFE Course Advice Free to Individuals & Businesses

TAFE union sites
AEU Victoria – TAFE Teachers
Our TAFEs Matter – NTEU
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