Vocational Education System in Australia


Vocational education and training (VET) is designed to provide students job specific training. This training is provided with government funding along with industry, public and private training providers. This is standardized to give consistent training all around Australia.

The speciality of vocational education sector is its method of offering qualifications with emphasis on practical hands on training. Top source of international students to this sector is from India, Korea, and Thailand.

TAFE (Technical and further education)

Apart from Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma qualifications, from 2002 the TAFE education sector has been able to offer bachelor’s degrees and post-graduate diploma courses.

Australian students who enrol in undergraduate degree courses at TAFE are required to pay full fees. Some TAFE colleges are part of a university. TAFE courses are used by international students as pathways to university degrees.

TAFE Colleges in Australia

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


Tafe Queensland

  • Brisbane (formerly Brisbane North Institute of TAFE, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and Southbank Institute of Technology)
  • Gold Coast (formerly Gold Coast Institute of TAFE)
  • East Coast (formerly Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE and Wide Bay Institute of TAFE)
  • South West (formerly Bremer Institute of TAFE and Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE)
  • North (formerly Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE, Mount Isa Institute of TAFE and Tropical North Queensland TAFE)
  • SkillsTech (formerly SkillsTech Australia)

South Australia



Western Australia

Private Colleges

VET courses are also offered by private colleges. This is one sector infamously infiltrated by dodgy education providers, making use of the liberal funding by state and federal governments.

Secondary Schools

A majority of Secondary schools in Australia offer VET programs to students. This enables students to gain VET qualifications along with their secondary education.

Qualifications offered by the VET sector

Certificate I  –     3 – 6 months

Certificate II & III –            6 – 12 months

Certificate IV –    1 year

Diploma –             1 – 2 years

Advanced Diploma –        2 – 2.5 years

Vocational Graduate Certificate –              6 months

Vocational Graduate Diploma –  1 – 1.5 years

Fee for Overseas Students

Course fee varies widely depending on the college and course, it could be anything from $6000 to $18000.


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