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TAFE and VET in Australia

In Australia vocational education and training is mostly post secondary and provided through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system by registered training organisations. This system encompasses both public and private providers in a national training framework.

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational tertiary education courses in Australia. Fields covered include hospitality, tourism, construction, engineering, secretarial skills, visual arts, computer programming and community work. TAFE colleges generally award qualifications up to the level of advanced diploma. In many instances TAFE study can be used as partial credit towards bachelor degree-level university programs.

Individual TAFE institutions (usually with many 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. 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.

What is TAFE?

TAFE stands for Technical and Further Education. TAFE is Australia’s largest provider of vocational education and training. More than 350,000 people are enrolled in TAFE in Victoria alone.

TAFE provides an accessible, affordable and flexible solution for all your training and further education needs. And you can be confident because Box Hill Institute is government funded and a registered provider.

TAFE is for you if you are:

  • a school-leaver seeking to further your education and training
  • seeking qualifications and skills you need to find your first job and build your career
  • already working and want to upgrade or expand your knowledge and skills to further your career
  • interested in working and earning while you’re learning through an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • looking for a pathway to university
  • an international student looking to improve your English skills
  • exploring your interests.

What is VET?

Vocational education and training (VET) enables students to gain qualifications for all types of employment, and specific skills to help them in the workplace.

The providers of VET include technical and further education (TAFE) institutes, adult and community education providers and agricultural colleges, as well as private providers, community organisations, industry skill centres, and commercial and enterprise training providers. In addition, some universities and schools provide VET.

Vocational education and training is provided through a network of eight state and territory governments and the Australian Government, along with industry, public and private training providers that work together to provide nationally consistent training across Australia. The VET sector is crucial to the Australian economy; both for the development of the national workforce and as a major export industry.

Studying at a TAFE or VET college in Australia

The VET institutes in Australia deliver training that is both practical and career-oriented. Students can develop their own career path through study and work. VET courses are provided by both public institutions called TAFE Institutes and private colleges. There are an increasing numbers of overseas students and people who are currently working who choose to study VET programmes in Australia.

Course Framework of TAFE and Private Colleges

TAFE and private colleges usually provide courses with different levels from Certificate III, Certificate IV, and Diploma to Advanced Diploma. The course duration of Certificates study vary from three months to one year and diploma courses are varied from one year to 3 years.

Qualification Award from TAFE and Private Colleges
All TAFE institutes and private colleges are subject to Government monitoring to ensure high standards. Therefore, the Australian VET graduates whether from TAFE or private colleges are able to seek employment with the knowledge that their skills are those demanded by employers. Under Australia's national qualifications framework graduates can also progress into higher level courses including entry into universities for Diploma and Bachelor degrees. The qualifications achieved by graduates are also well recognized by other countries.

Wild Range of Course Options
TAFE and private colleges provide a wild range of course options with different levels. They include: accounting, business management, marketing, information technology, multimedia design, hospitality management, agricultural studies, horticulture, applied science, architecture, arts & design, hairdressing, cookery, food technology, child care, computer technology, (electrical, mechanical, computer systems technology, detail drafting, or civil) engineering, English language, environmental science, fashion design, health & beauty, community service, nursing, manufacturing, media studies, marine study, music, tourism and etc.

TAFE and VET Institutes in Australia

Australian Pacific College (APC) (Sydney, New South Wales and Brisbane, Queensland)

International House Business College Australia (ihBC) Bondi, Byron Bay, Darwin, Gold Coast, Melbourne, and Sydney

New Horizons Australia Institute of Technology, Brisbane (Queensland), Sydney (New South Wales)

New South Wales

Academy of Information Technology (Sydney, New South Wales)

Strathfield College (Sydney, New South Wales)


Cairns College of Business (Cairns, Queensland)

Imagine Education Australia (Newport, Queensland)


Cambridge International College (Melbourne) Victoria

Western Australia

Phoenix Academy (Perth, Western Australia)

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