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, technical and further education or TAFE () institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational courses, mostly qualifying courses under the National Training System/
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/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.


Qualifications awarded by TAFE colleges

TAFE 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. In many instances, TAFE study at a Diploma or above level 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, 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 Melbourne Polytechnic, formerly NMIT, is a vocational education (TAFE) and higher education institute located in Melbourne, Australia predominantly in the northern suburbs but also in the south with a campus at Prahran. It has seven campuses loca ...
has been accredited in 2015 to offer two master's degree courses.Melbourne Polytechnic Annual Report pp22 Similarly, some universities (e.g.,
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and
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology RMIT University, officially the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT),, section 4(b) is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) ...
) 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 by TAFEs.
TAFE gears up to offer degrees
' By Rebecca Scott,
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24 July 2002. Accessed 3 August 2008
Leesa Wheelahan, Gavin Moodie,
Stephen Billett Stephen Richard Billett is an Australian educational researcher and Professor of Adult Vocational education, Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University. His research centres on vocational learn ...
and Ann Kelly,
Higher education in TAFE
', Research report published by National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), 3 September 2009. Accessed 24 September 2009
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. 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
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,
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, and the Higher School Certificate. Some universities, e.g.
Charles Darwin University Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university with a main campus in Darwin, Northern Territory, Darwin and eight satellite campuses in some metropolitan and regional areas. It was established in 2003 after the merger of Nor ...
and
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology RMIT University, officially the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT),, section 4(b) is a public In public relations and communication science, publics are groups of individual people, and the public (a.k.a. the general public) ...
, 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 A vocation () is an job, occupation to which a person is especially drawn or for which they are suited, trained, or qualified. People can be given information about a new occupation through orientation. Though now often used in non-religious contex ...
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 or ''institutes'' 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 they service the whole state or territory. For example, the
Trade and Technician Skills Institute TAFE Queensland SkillsTech (previously known as SkillsTech Australia and Trade and Technician Skills Institute) is a pre-eminent provider of Vocational education, vocational education and training in Queensland. With four trade training centres a ...
in Brisbane, from 1 July 2006, has specialised in automotive, building and construction, manufacturing and engineering, and electrical/electronic studies for students throughout Queensland and the
William Angliss Institute of TAFE William Angliss Institute of TAFE is a TAFE institute located in the Melbourne CBD, Victoria (Australia), Victoria, Australia providing training and vocational education in Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. It is the oldest and largest p ...
in Melbourne has specialised in food, hospitality and tourism courses for Victoria.


Australian Capital Territory

In the
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, these include: *
Canberra Institute of Technology The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is a vocational education provider in Canberra, the Australian Capital Territory The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), known as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) until 1938, is a federal territor ...


New South Wales

There are ten
TAFE NSW TAFE NSW is an Australian vocational education and training provider. Annually, the network trains over 500,000 students in campus, workplace, online, or distance education methods of education. It was established as an independent statutory body ...
Institutes in
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, namely: * Hunter Institute * Illawarra Institute *New England Institute * North Coast Institute * Northern Sydney Institute *
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*South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, South Western Sydney Institute *Sydney Institute of TAFE, Sydney Institute *Western Institute of TAFE, Western Institute *Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, Western Sydney Institute, including OTEN


Northern Territory

In the Northern Territory, these include: *
Charles Darwin University Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university with a main campus in Darwin, Northern Territory, Darwin and eight satellite campuses in some metropolitan and regional areas. It was established in 2003 after the merger of Nor ...
* Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education


Queensland

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: * Brisbane (formerly Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and Southbank Institute of Technology) * Gold Coast (formerly Gold Coast Institute of TAFE) * East Coast (formerly Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE and Wide Bay Institute of TAFE) * South West (formerly Bremer Institute of TAFE and Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE) * North (formerly Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE, Mount Isa Institute of TAFE and Tropical North Queensland TAFE) * TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, SkillsTech (formerly SkillsTech Australia) And as of the 1st of July 2014, Central Queensland TAFE (branded as CQ TAFE) was merged into Central Queensland University (branded as CQUniversity) to create Queensland's first dual sector university.


South Australia

In South Australia: * TAFE SA


Tasmania

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


Victoria

In Victoria (Australia), 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)
Federation TAFE
(Local: Ballarat and Horsham - Central Highlands/Wimmera, Specialist: Agriculture & Horticulture, Building & Construction, Business & IT, Community Services, Food & Hospitality, Hair & Beauty, Manufacturing Engineering) * Gordon Institute of TAFE (Local: Geelong) * Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (Local: North East Victoria) * Holmesglen Institute of TAFE (Local: Eastern Melbourne) * Kangan Batman TAFE, Kangan Institute (Local: North West Melbourne, Specialist: Automotive, Fashion) *
Melbourne Polytechnic Melbourne Polytechnic, formerly NMIT, is a vocational education (TAFE) and higher education institute located in Melbourne, Australia predominantly in the northern suburbs but also in the south with a campus at Prahran. It has seven campuses loca ...
(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 of Technology, Victoria University (Local: Western Melbourne) *
William Angliss Institute of TAFE William Angliss Institute of TAFE is a TAFE institute located in the Melbourne CBD, Victoria (Australia), Victoria, Australia providing training and vocational education in Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. It is the oldest and largest p ...
(Specialist: Hospitality) * Wodonga Institute of TAFE (Local: Wodonga, Specialist: Driving) * The University of Melbourne discontinued its TAFE arm (which specialised in agriculture and forestry) at the start of 2007.


Western Australia

Image:Central TAFE, Perth, Western Australia.jpg, 250px, North Metropolitan TAFE Perth campus. In Western Australia, this includes: *North Metropolitan TAFE (Formerly Central Institute of Technology & West Coast Institute of Training) *South Metropolitan TAFE (Formerly Challenger Institute of Technology & Polytechnic West) *Central Regional TAFE (Formerly Durack Institute of Technology, Goldfields Institute of Technology & C. Y. O'Connor College of TAFE, C. Y. O'Connor Institute) *South Regional TAFE (Formerly South West Institute of Technology & Great Southern Institute of Technology) *North Regional TAFE (Formerly Kimberley TAFE & Pilbara Institute)


See also

*Education in Australia *Further education *Registered Training Organisations *TAFE Outreach *Vocational education


References


External links


State and territory TAFE websites


TAFE NSWTAFE Victoria

Victorian TAFE Courses TAFE QLD

Trade and Technician Skills InstituteTAFE SATAFE WA

West Coast Institute of TrainingTAFE TasmaniaCanberra Institute of TechnologyInternational colleges in Australasia


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 Register of VET
(TGA formerly known as the NTIS – national database of VET providers and qualifications)


Career guidance


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


TAFE union sites


AEU Victoria – TAFE TeachersOur TAFEs Matter – NTEU
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