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Vocational Education


Vocational Education

In Australia vocational education and training is mostly post-secondary and provided through the vocational education and training (VET) system by registered training organisations. This system encompasses both public, TAFE, and private providers in a national training framework consisting of the Australian Quality Training Framework, Australian Qualifications Framework and Industry Training Packages which define the assessment standards for the different vocational qualifications.

Australia’s apprenticeship system includes both traditional apprenticeships in traditional trades and “traineeships” in other more service-oriented occupations. Both involve a legal contract between the employer and the apprentice and provide a combination of school-based and workplace training. Apprenticeships typically last three to four years, traineeships only one to two years. Apprentices and trainees receive a wage which increases as they progress.






    TAFE NSW is Australia’s leading provider of vocational education and training with more than 500,000 enrolments each year. Whether you’re an individual looking for your first job, a promotion, a career change or a pathway to a degree or you're an employer seeking training solutions for your workforce, TAFE NSW can deliver a range of courses and services to suit your needs.
  • TAFE Queensland

    TAFE Queensland

    TAFE Queensland is the largest provider of practical, relevant and quality education and training in Queensland, delivering educational excellence to approximately 240,000 students each year. TAFE Queensland provides more possibilities for more people, through various courses offered at various locations around the state. TAFE Queensland offers a wide range of nationally recognized qualifications:
  • TAFE Victoria

    TAFE Victoria

    Situated in the very south-eastern part of Australia, Victoria is the smallest of the country’s mainland states. However, with 5.2 million people it ranks second only to New South Wales in terms of population. Of these, more than 70 percent live in the general metropolitan area of the state capital of Melbourne.


    Canberra is Australia’s capital and lies in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The largest provider of vocational education and training in ACT is the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). CIT offers over 450 programs in five faculties to the students in the capital. CIT has a great mixture of domestic and international students that makes studying a very rewarding experience.
  • TAFE South Australia

    TAFE South Australia

    Owned and operated by the South Australian government, TAFE South Australia guarantees security for you investment and quality of your education. TAFE is successful by helping over one million students to succeed in the last years. 91% of our graduates do further studies at university or find a job with their TAFE SA qualification.
  • TAFE Western Australia

    TAFE Western Australia

    TAFE International has for the past 20 years, been preparing students for entry into the global economy and being successes. TAFE Western Australia education and training courses are internationally recognized. TAFE WA provides students with a satisfying learning experience. Courses are nationally accredited and students have the services of highly qualified and experienced teachers.


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Last Updated: 30 November 2009
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