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.
There are TAFE institutes throughout Australia. Though each individual state and territory has their own TAFE regulations, therefore policies and fees may differ around the country. Visit your state or territory's TAFE website for more information:
NSW: TAFE NSW
NT: CDU VET
QLD: TAFE Queensland
SA: TAFE SA
TAS: TAFE Tasmania and Tasmanian Academy
VIC: Victorian Skills Gateway
WA: Training WA
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.