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Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) institutions offer the opportunity to hone your skills in real and simulated work environments. The practical expertise you gain in the workplace will give you a genuine advantage over other graduates.

At these institutions, you can study a wide range of disciplines, including: business and management, science and technology, design and arts, communications, sport and recreation, community service and health, tourism and hospitality, engineering and building, horticulture and land management and English.

Programs are provided by public Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Institutes, private colleges and a number of schools and universities. Industry and Government work together to develop training outcomes, which are then implemented according to nationally endorsed training packages.

This allows you to apply knowledge learnt inside the classroom, outside in the real world. You learn by doing, rather than just reading from textbooks. Your initial qualification can be built on to achieve higher qualifications, provide the basis to begin or change a career, or assist with further study at university.

You can also use this training as a pathway to other avenues of higher education. Depending on your qualification, universities may provide you with credit towards a Degree. This gives you the practical skills as well as the theory from a university Degree. You’ll leave Australia with two qualifications that are recognised around the world—a major advantage over other graduates.
The Australian college system is based on vocational education programs that can be used for employment or as the basis for further academic study. A very small number of colleges in Australia can award degrees. These include tertiary institutions that use the name 'College' such as some medical schools and art schools. Along with this the name 'College' is also used by some secondary schools (Years 7 to Year 12 - for students from about 12 years old up until about 18 years old).

Otherwise colleges refer to post-secondary institutions that offer non-degree based qualifications. The programs offered by these colleges can be used as employment-based training and qualifications or to enter one of the universities and in that way achieve a degree-level qualification.

After the diploma and advanced diploma levels a student may be eligible for entry into a university and may also be eligible for credit, in some cases full credit for work already completed.

Australian Colleges are therefore an excellent choice for students who want to get real experience in the vocation of their choice before they either commence employment or pursue further university-level studies.
In Australia, Training and Further Education or TAFE institutions provide a wide range of predominantly vocational tertiary education courses, mostly qualifying courses under the National Training System/Australian Qualifications Framework/Australian Quality Training Framework. Fields covered include business, finance, hospitality, tourism, construction, engineering, visual arts, information technology and community work.

Individual TAFE institutions (usually with many campuses) are known as either colleges or institutes, depending on the state or territory. TAFE colleges are owned, operated and financed by the various state and territory governments. This is in contrast to the higher education sector, whose funding is predominantly the domain of the Commonwealth government and whose universities are predominantly owned by the state governments.
In most cases, TAFE campuses are grouped into TAFE institutions along geographic lines. Most TAFEs are given a locally recognised region of the country where they exclusively operate covering a wide range of subjects.

A few TAFEs specialise in a single area of study. These are usually found near the middle of the capital cities, and service the whole state or territory. For example, the Trade and Technician Skills Institute in Brisbane, (from 1 July 2006), specialise in automotive, building and construction, manufacturing and engineering, and electrical/electronic studies for students throughout Queensland. Or the William Angliss Institute of TAFE in Melbourne which specialise in food, hospitality and tourism courses for Victoria.
Australian Capital Territory
• Canberra Institute of Technology

New South Wales
• Hunter Institute
• Illawarra Institute
• New England Institute
• North Coast Institute
• Northern Sydney Institute
• Riverina Institute
• South Western Sydney Institute
• Sydney Institute
• Western Institute
• Western Sydney Institute

Northern Territory
• Charles Darwin University
• Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Queensland
• Barrier Reef Institute of TAFE
• Bremer Institute of TAFE
• Brisbane North Institute of TAFE
• Central Queensland Institute of TAFE
• Gold Coast Institute of TAFE
• Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE
• Mount Isa Institute of TAFE
• SkillsTech Australia
• Southbank Institute of Technology
• Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE
• Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE
• TAFE Open Learning
• Tropical North Queensland TAFE
• Wide Bay Institute of TAFE

South Australia
• TAFE SA Adelaide North
• TAFE SA Adelaide South
• TAFE SA Regional

Tasmania
In Tasmania, there are two government TAFE organisations :

• TAFE Tasmania includes:
  - Institute of TAFE Tasmania
  - Drysdale Institute

• Australian Maritime College TAFE

Victoria
• Bendigo Regional Institute of TAFE
• Box Hill Institute of TAFE
• Chisholm Institute
• East Gippsland Institute of TAFE
• Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE
• Gordon Institute of TAFE)
• Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
• Holmesglen Institute of TAFE
• Kangan Institute
• Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
• RMIT University
• South West Institute of TAFE
• Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
• Swinburne University of Technology
• University of Ballarat
• Victoria University
• William Angliss Institute of TAFE
• Wodonga Institute of TAFE
• KAL Multimedia Training

Western Australia
• Central Institute of Technology (Formerly Central TAFE)
• Challenger Institute of Technology (Formerly Challenger TAFE)
• Polytechnic West (Formerly Swan TAFE)
• West Coast Institute of Training (Formerly West Coast TAFE)
• Durack Institute of technology Durack Institute of Technology
• C. Y. O'Connor College of TAFE
• Great Southern TAFE
• Kimberley TAFE
• Pilbara TAFE
• South West Regional College of TAFE
• Curtin Vocational Training and Education Centre (Curtin VTEC) at Curtin University