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For the Indian manufacturing company, see TAFE Tractors.

In Australia, technical and further education or TAFE /ˈtf/ 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 Commonwealth government and whose universities are predominantly owned by the state governments.

Qualifications awarded by TAFE colleges

TAFE colleges generally award qualifications up to the level of advanced diploma, which is below that of Bachelor degree within the Australian Qualifications Framework. In many instances TAFE study can be used as partial credit towards Bachelor degree-level university programs.

From 2002 the TAFE education sector has been able to offer Bachelor 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 Victoria, but also Western Australia, ACT, and Queensland) now confer their own degree-level awards and post graduate diplomas, though not beyond the level of Bachelor degree. (See for example Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) This practice is somewhat controversial due to the blurring of once clearly defined boundaries between sectors.[1][2]

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.[3] 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).[1]

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 University and 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 Victoria.

Australian Capital Territory

In the Australian Capital Territory these include:

New South Wales

There are ten TAFE NSW Institutes in NSW which include:

Northern Territory

In the Northern Territory these include:


In Queensland, TAFE Queensland includes:

South Australia

In South Australia, TAFE SA includes:

  • TAFE SA Adelaide North
  • TAFE SA Adelaide South
  • TAFE SA Regional


In Tasmania, there are two government TAFE organisations:


In Victoria these include:

Western Australia

In Western Australia TAFEWA includes:

See also


External links

State and territory TAFE websites

  • TAFE Victoria
    • Victorian TAFE Courses
    • Trade and Technician Skills Institute
  • TAFE Tasmania
  • Canberra Institute of Technology

Victorian Association of TAFE Libraries

  • VATL

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 guide Registration required

TAFE union sites

  • AEU Victoria – TAFE Teachers
  • Our TAFEs Matter – NTEU
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