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TAFEs in Australia

Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes offer a more practical alternative to tertiary education. If you're looking for a more direct route to the workforce or perhaps a pathway to higher education, a TAFE course could be the option for you.

The TAFE sector is the largest education and training sector in Australia. There are 59 institutions dispersed across metropolitan and regional areas, all of which are government-funded Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). They offer practical Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses that are designed to give students the trade specific skills and training they need to enter the workforce.

Traditionally, TAFE institutes are known for providing nationally recognised, VET courses that deliver basic education and train students for semi-skilled, skilled, trade and paraprofessional careers. VET qualifications include certificates (from levels I to IV), diplomas and advanced diplomas, which may be completed on their own or in combination with on-the-job training with an employer. This training may be part of an apprenticeship or traineeship. They are available in a range of areas, from trades to business, health, creative arts and hospitality.

To get information about TAFEs in your state — what courses they offer, their students services, their campus facilities and more — click on the links below.