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In Australia, Technical and Further Education or TAFE institutions are those which offer a wide range of post-secondary education and training, generally in vocational fields (such as hospitality, tourism, construction, woodwork, secretarial skills, community work, etc), often at a level of difficulty below that of a corresponding or related university course. The trend is changing however so that Universities and TAFEs offer a variety of overlapping certificate and diploma courses.

TAFE colleges in Australia are owned, operated and financed by the various State and Territory Governments. This is in contrast to universities which are not-for-profit organisations funded by the Federal Government. Some universities, however, such as Charles Darwin University and RMIT University, have TAFE sections.

In most States, the system of TAFE colleges are divided up into several Institutes corresponding to various regions. Each Institute consists of several campuses. For instance, the Illawarra Institute of Technology covers the south-eastern portion of the State of New South Wales with campuses in Wollongong, Dapto, Shellharbour, Bomaderry, Queanbeyan and Moruya, among many others. During 2002 the New South Wales government amalgamated the Schools Education Department and TAFE to form Department of Education and Training (DET) which is not to be confused with the federal DEET.

There are eleven TAFE Institutes in New South Wales which include:

  • Sydney Institute of Technology
  • Western Institute of TAFE
  • South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE
  • North Sydney Institute
  • Western Sydney Institute
  • Hunter Institute of TAFE
  • North Coast Institute of TAFE
  • New England Institute
  • Illawarra Institute
  • Riverina Institute

In Queensland these include:

  • Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE
  • The Bremer Institute of TAFE
  • Brisbane North Institute of TAFE
  • Central Queensland Institute of TAFE
  • Cooloola Sunshine Institute of TAFE
  • Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
  • Logan Institute of TAFE
  • Moreton Institute of TAFE
  • Mt. Isa Institute of TAFE
  • Open Learning Institute of TAFE
  • Southbank Institute of TAFE
  • Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE
  • Tropical North Queensland TAFE
  • WideBay Institute of TAFE
  • Yeronga Institute of TAFE

In Victoria these include:

  • Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE
  • Box Hill Institute of TAFE
  • Chisholm Institute
  • East Gippsland Institute of TAFE
  • GippsTAFE
  • Gordon Institute of TAFE
  • Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
  • Homesglen Institute of TAFE
  • Kangan Batman TAFE
  • Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
  • RMIT University TAFE
  • South West Institute of TAFE
  • Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
  • Swinburne University of Technology TAFE
  • University of Ballarat (TAFE)
  • University of Melbourne (TAFE: Land and Food Resources).
  • Victoria University TAFE
  • William Angliss Institute of TAFE
  • Wodonga Institute of TAFE

In Tasmania these include:

  • Australian Maritime College TAFE

In Western Australia these include:

  • Central TAFE
  • Challenger TAFE
  • Swan TAFE
  • West Coast College of TAFE

In South Australia these include:

  • Adelaide Institute of TAFE (AIT)
  • Douglas Mawson Institute of Technology (DMIT)
  • Murray TAFE
  • Onkaparinga Institute
  • Regency Institute
  • South East Institute
  • Spencer Institute
  • Torrens Valley TAFE

External links

  • TAFE NSW (http://www.tafe.nsw.edu.au)
  • TAFE QLD (http://www.tafe.qld.gov.au/index.htm)
  • TAFE WA (http://www.tafe.wa.gov.au/)
  • TAFE SA (http://www.tafe.sa.edu.au)
  • Dep Edu & Training (http://www.det.nsw.edu.au/) (NSW)

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TAFE NSW - About TAFE NSW (936 words)
TAFE NSW Institutes have a range of well-equipped and well-maintained modern facilities that are available for hire, depending on availability.
When you apply for a TAFE NSW course you may be given recognition for the skills and knowledge you have already gained from your work, study and life experience.
Each TAFE NSW Institute produces an annual reports and routinely conducts surveys and other benchmarking exercises to make sure that it is working to meet client expectations.
TAFE South Australia: International (259 words)
TAFE South Australia is a government owned and operated vocational and technical training organisation based in Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia.
TAFE South Australia has a long history of producing graduates who have gone on to be successful in their chosen industry.
TAFE South Australia qualifications are developed and reviewed in consultation with universities and industry and have clearly defined pathways to further study at university.
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