TAFE Victoria (VIC) – Courses, Campuses, Locations [Updated 2023]
If you want flexibility in your studies, and the chance to get practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge, then perhaps you should consider TAFE courses.
TAFE courses are nationally recognised, so even if you start off studying in Melbourne, VIC, you can move to Sydney, NSW and end up in Perth, WA.
In many cases, they also serve as pathways to university, so if you decide that you want to build on your diploma from RMIT, you can enrol and get one year off your Bachelor’s degree.
Free TAFE Courses
Following on from the 2022-23 budget, the Victorian government has pledged $1 billion through the National Skills Agreement towards education funding, an additional 480,000 free TAFE course places.
This agreement will commence on 1 January 2023 and will aim to deliver 180,000 fee-free TAFE and vocational education places throughout 2023.This additional funding aims to provide more opportunities for Victorians to receive skills training in in-demand industries such as aged care.
Industries that benefit this additional funding effort, include:
Currently, there are 45 free TAFE courses in a wide array of industries. Find out more about free TAFE courses here.
Popular TAFE courses in Victoria
Here are some of the most popular Victorian TAFE courses, many of which are delivered online:
As far as flexibility is concerned, learning doesn’t come more lenient than TAFE. You can take part in VET through TAFE courses part-time, full-time and online. There are also short courses available so that you can keep up the demands of continuous professional development in your own time.
Finally, many TAFE courses are endorsed by professional industry bodies and can even qualify students for particular levels of membership.
TAFE Institutes, Colleges and Campuses in Victoria
There are a number Institutes on offer at Victorian TAFE, so no matter where you live, either in the suburbs or rural, TAFE courses are always accessible. Don’t forget, you can even undergo a TAFE course online.
Holmesglen is one of the biggest TAFE course providers in Victoria with several campuses, including:
Holmesglen offers over 100 TAFE courses, including:
Certificate II in Community Recreation – Sport and Recreation
Certificate III in Business Administration
Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing
Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing
Diploma of Remedial Massage
Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning
Graduate Certificate in Graphic Design Practice
Holmesglen, Vic, also offers TAFE short courses such as Adobe InDesign, Bricklaying and Basic Food Safety training.
Box Hill Institute
Box Hill Institute is a renowned TAFE provider in Melbourne with courses for local and international students on a part-time, full-time or distance learning basis.
Box Hill has three campuses in Melbourne:
Box Hill Institute offers over 200 accredited courses including:
Certificate II in Community Services
Certificate IV in Floristry specialising in Small Business
Diploma of Tourism Specialising in Operations and Marketing
Advanced Diploma of Hospitality specialising in Management
Associate Degree in Biotechnology.
Chisholm Institute of TAFE
Chisholm Institute of TAFE is located in south-east Melbourne but has facilities for TAFE courses all over Victoria, including:
Chisholm TAFE courses include:
Certificate III in Dental Assisting
Certificate III in Children’s Services
Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
Diploma of Financial Risk Management
Advanced Diploma of Accounting
They also have short courses such as Intro to AutoCAD.
Kangan Institute has six TAFE campuses in Victoria:
Kangan’s TAFE courses include:
Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
Diploma of Project Management
Certificate IV in Marketing
Advanced Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse)
Kangan also have short courses such as Virtual Merchandising, as well as apprenticeships and traineeships in Melbourne, Vic.
Bendigo TAFE has three campuses in Bendigo, Victoria, as well as campuses in Echuca and Castlemaine.
Courses available include:
Hospitality and Cookery
Nursing and Allied Health
Construction & Building Courses
They also offer short courses such as Introduction to Philosophy and Advanced MYOB.
Bendigo TAFE also serves as a pathway to several universities in Victoria, including La Trobe (based in Melbourne, with campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton), Monash (located in Melbourne, with campuses in Gippsland, Berwick, Caulfield and Parkville) and the University of Ballarat (with campuses in Ararat, Ballarat, Horsham and Stawell).
RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)
RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) offers TAFE courses and RMIT short courses at three campuses in Melbourne, Vic (Melbourne City, Brunswick and Bundoora). As well as, three rural sites (Hamilton, Point Cook and Bendigo) and two campuses in Vietnam.
RMIT offers a variety of TAFE courses, including:
Advanced Diploma of Electronics and Communications Engineering
Diploma of IT
Certificate III in Aged Care
Certificate IV in Frontline Management
RMIT also offer short courses such as Adobe Photoshop for Fashion and Aromatherapy for Wellness.
Melbourne Polytechnic (previously NMIT) has seven campuses, including:
Melbourne Polytechnic TAFE offers a variety of courses including:
Certificate II in Engineering
Certificate III in Visual Arts
Certificate IV in Aromatherapy
Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration
Associate Degree of Accounting
Short courses in Practical Photography
Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne University of Technology has campuses all over Victoria, including:
It offers TAFE courses such as those related to:
Engineering and technology
Tourism and event management
Business commerce and management
Federation offers many different courses across a variety of institutes, especially along the coastline of Victoria.
Their campuses include:
They have almost 200 combined courses on offer as well, which are all available full-time, part-time or externally through online medium.
Some of their favourite courses include:
Certificate I in Information
Digital media and technology
Certificate II in Agriculture
Certificate II in Automotive
Federation is also partnered with GippsTAFE and Advance TAFE, to deliver vocational education to students in Gippsland and South Eastern Victoria.
Gordon Institute of TAFE (The Gordon)
The Gordon Institute is the TAFE Institute that offers vocational education to regional Victoria, especially in Western Victoria. It’s one of the largest institutes and provides many full-time, part-time, online, and short courses. It has four campuses, located in and around Geelong, one of Victoria’s largest towns.
These campuses include:
Some popular courses are:
Certificate IV in Accounting
Diploma of Building and Construction
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
GOTAFE (Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE)
GOTAFE is the primary provider of TAFE courses in Northern Victoria, offering over 250 courses to almost 20,000 students. The courses are flexible and provide hands-on training. GOTAFE also provides University pathway courses in partnership with La Trobe and Charles Sturt University.
Some of their campus locations include:
Some note-worthy courses include:
Certificate I in Food Processing
Certificate II in Animal Studies
Certificate II in Automotive Body Repair
South West Institute of TAFE, SW TAFE
As the name suggests, South West TAFE offers vocational courses in the South West of Victoria. Locations include:
They offer a wide range of accredited programs, including short courses in a variety of subject fields and University pathways.
Some of their most popular courses include:
Certificate III in Beauty Services
Certificate III in Business Administration
Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism
Sunraysia Institute of TAFE, SuniTAFE
SuniTAFE, as it’s known, is one of the leading TAFE providers in the North-West of the state. It currently has many campuses available to students, located in
It offers a great range of training facilities and equipment, and courses including:
Certificate III in Automotive Administration
Certificate III in Hairdressing
Victoria Polytechnic is an excellent provider of TAFE qualifications at Victoria University. It offers both online and blended courses, as well as apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities.
It boasts one of the largest collections of TAFE courses in Victoria, with some of the most popular courses including:
Diploma in Nursing
Certificate III in Individual Support
Certificate III in Fitness
William Angliss Institute
The William Angliss Institute is the leading provider of TAFE courses in food, tourism, hospitality and events in Australia.
Currently, the only campus in Victoria is in the heart of Melbourne CBD.
Their courses cover a whole range of qualification levels, with many offering a chance to undergo further study in a specialist area. Some favourite courses at William Angliss include:
Certificate IV in Patisserie
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Certificate III in Hospitality
Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism
Situated in Albury-Wodonga, right on the border of New South Wales and Victoria. Wodonga TAFE offers hands-on training and education in qualifications ranging from a Certificate through to Advanced Diploma level.
Online Courses Victoria
TAFE in Victoria acknowledges that students generally have to consider their other commitments when deciding on a particular option of further study. Furthermore, with the effects of COVID-19 still lingering for the foreseeable future, online study options are more important than ever.
Restrictions of in-person learning and the closure of education campuses for the majority of 2020 caused significant shifts in the education sphere. TAFE course providers adapted to circumstances and moved the majority of their courses online. This steep learning curve has seen the opportunity for online learning to grow tremendously. As a result, online learning has only become more accessible and streamlined.
Online TAFE has been designed to make study in just about any location possible. As long as you have access to the internet and a computer, you’re ready to go!
There are a variety of online TAFE’s, including: