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Type Technical and further education
Established 1 March 1833
Students 400,000+
Location New South Wales, Australia
Website www.tafensw.edu.au

TAFE NSW is Australia's largest 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 under the TAFE Commission Act 1990.


TAFE NSW awards qualifications as specified in Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and accredited to the Vocational Education and training (VET). Qualifications awarded can be attributed as partial credit towards bachelor degree-level studies in universities.


Over 1,200 courses are offered annually. Some courses are available in different study format, such as full-time, part-time, or distance learning (online).

Qualifications Awarded[edit]

  • Certificate I
  • Certificate II
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate IV
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Statement Of Attainment
  • Associate Degree
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • TAFE Plus Statement
  • TAFE Statement
  • Diploma
  • Compliance
  • Bachelor Degree


TAFE NSW comprises 130 campuses grouped by geographic area into ten Institutes:


Each institute has their own main campus, e.g. Newcastle Campus is the main campus of Hunter Institute. In addition to campuses, TAFE NSW provides specialised study spaces and facilities such as Hair Beauty Academy or the Hunter Valley Hotel Academy.

Centres Of Excellence[edit]

TAFE NSW is home to many Centres of Excellence, which allow students the ability to learn in industry specific environments. With world-class facilities, simulations, media centres and more.

Nationwide these facilities include:

  • Aeroskills Centre
  • Allied Timber Trades Centre
  • Australian Patisserie Academy
  • Centre for Digital Media and Design
  • Centre for Inland Engineering
  • Children's Services Centre
  • Cisco Academy Training Centre
  • Design Centre Enmore
  • Design Centre Hunter
  • Engineering Services
  • Equine Studies Centre
  • Fashion Design Studio (FDS)
  • Floor Covering Centre
  • Forest Industry Training Centre
  • Glass and Glazing Centre
  • Grafton Music Centre
  • Hair and Beauty Academy
  • Health Services Building
  • High Performance Sports Hub
  • Hunter Valley Hotel Academy
  • Illawarra Mechanical Engineering Centre
  • Information and Communication Technology Centres
  • Macarthur Building Industry Skills Centre
  • Mining Skills Centre
  • Nepean Health Precinct
  • Newcastle English Language Centre
  • Newcastle Hair & Beauty Academy
  • Newcastle Maritime Training Centre
  • Northern Beaches Community Health and Fitness Centre
  • Nursing Unit, Gunnedah
  • Polymer Processing Centre
  • Regional Institute of Performing Arts
  • Stonemasonry Centre
  • Sydney Health Precinct
  • Sydney Language Centre
  • Sydney Maritime Simulator
  • Sydney Media Centre
  • Sydney Wine and Coffee Academy
  • The Sydney Academy of Hair, Beauty and Make-up
  • TwentyTwenty Training Restaurant
  • Yallah Centre of Sustainability[1]


The Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business is responsible for TAFE NSW.

Financial and attendance issues[edit]

Between 2012 and 2016 attendance at TAFE NSW campuses dropped by 83,000 students. In the same period, fees had increased substantially. In a bid to curb this reduction in attendance, 2016 fees were frozen at their 2015 level. [2]

In September 2015, a leaked document revealed the State government intended to close 27 sites in order to reduce costs and raise funds.[3]

On Thursday 16 June 2016 the NSW Government announced that the EBS4 student management system for TAFE would be scrapped. NSW Skills Minister Mr John Barilaro has directed TAFE NSW to develop a new system in time for the 2018 peak enrolment period. The EBS4 rollout for TAFE NSW resulted in extensive major problems with enrolments, inability to track student financial data and generate testamurs, and a project budget over run of approximately $100m.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Centres of excellence". www.tafensw.edu.au. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  2. ^ Bagshaw, Eryk (12 January 2016). "TAFE NSW: Fee freeze not enough to save institution, say teachers". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Needham, Kristy (September 13, 2015). "TAFE to sell off 27 sites, close regional campuses". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 12 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Anonymous (16 June 2016). "Troublesome TAFE IT system scrapped by NSW Government". ABC. 
  5. ^ Bagshaw, Eryk (16 June 2016). "TAFE NSW: government dumps multimillion-dollar enrolment system". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. 

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