Bunbury is a port city in Western Australia. It’s the third largest city in the state and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. All of this growth means that it’s full of opportunities for students who know where to look. That’s why people come from all over Australia, and even all over the world, to register for TAFE courses at the South Regional TAFE Bunbury Campus. Bunbury was home to the former South West Institute of Technology, however, due to recent changes to TAFE in WA, this is now known as a South Regional TAFE campus.
Let’s take a closer look at what the institute has to offer.
Popular TAFE Courses in Bunbury
- Diploma of Counselling
- Certificate in MYOB 19
- Certificate III in Education Support (Teacher’s Aide)
- Certificate III in Aged Care
- Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
- Certificate II in Nail Technology
- Certificate IV in Small Business Management
- Diploma of Events
- Certificate III in Disability
What TAFE Study Options are Available For Me in Bunbury?
The South Regional Institute of TAFE (WA)
Bunbury is provided primary TAFE courses through the South Regional TAFE Bunbury campus (previously South West Institute of Technology). It’s Bunbury campus offers a wide range of courses to select from, including business administration, accounting, computing, literacy, visual arts, sports, aged care, education and nursing. There are also many different flexible study options, which can allow students to study from home via correspondence or distance learning courses.
A sample of Bunbury’s TAFE courses includes:
- Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (Pre-Apprenticeship Vehicle Servicing – Heavy)
- Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management
- Certificate II in Horticulture
- Certificate III in Business Administration
- Certificate III in Engineering – Mechanical Trade
- Certificate IV in Ageing Support
- Certificate IV in Interior Decoration
- Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
- Certificate IV in Education Support
- Certificate IV in New Small Business
- Diploma of Community Services Work
- Diploma of Laboratory Technology
- Diploma of Beauty Therapy
- Diploma of Hospitality
- Diploma of Information Technology Networking
- Advanced Diploma of Accounting
As with the semester courses, the short courses available depend on the campus. Some of the short courses are also available via flexible study options, and sometimes availability depends on demand. Duration varies from one day to 10 weeks.
Bunbury has short courses on offer, such as the course in Welding.
SWIT offers students the convenience of studying some courses externally – i.e., online. Online study areas and subjects available include:
- Diploma of Leadership and Management
- Certificate II in Business
- Certificate III in Business
- Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
Bunbury Campus offers students additional training opportunities at its specialist training facilities, which include an award-winning operating restaurant (Epicure Training Restaurant) and operating hair and beauty salons, hothouses and a hydroponics cultivation area, commercial kitchens, and high-tech labs and workshops.
The industries it provides courses in, ranging from certificate II to Advanced Diploma level, include:
- Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
- Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
- Building and Construction
- Business and Finance
- Creative Industries
- Education and Community Services
- Engineering and Mining
- English, Languages and Foundation Studies
- Health, Beauty and Fitness
- Hospitality, Tourism and Events
- Information Technology, Library and Digital
Bunbury For Students
Bunbury has a Mediterranean climate similar to that of Perth. It tends not to get too hot or cold. The rainiest months are from May to August.
Bunbury has a good public transport system that will get students wherever they need to go. Cycling is also always encouraged – provided you wear a helmet.
Bunbury is also full of fun things to see and do. One of the biggest attractions is the Dolphin Discovery Centre, and the great thing for students is that it’s affordable. The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre showcases live theatre, music, dance, films, and circuses and just about anything else performance- and entertainment-related. You can stock up on fresh produce at the monthly Boyanup & Districts Farmers’ Market, which is every fourth Sunday of the month.
Get your fill of nature in Tuart Forest, Jarrah Forest, and the many parks and gardens in the city, such as Queens Gardens, Big Swamp Play Ground, Rocky Point, Manea Park, and Wellington Dam. There are also plenty of beaches, including Backbeach, Hungry Hollow Beach, Jetty Bars, Koombana Bay, Dalyellup Beach, and the Hutts.
South West Regional TAFE offers government funding programs for students who need financial assistance. Our Guide to TAFE Courses in Western Australia has more details on what’s available.