How to apply

Follow the steps below to apply to study in Australia at TAFE NSW.

Before you apply

Check the evidence required to get a visa

Before you apply to study at TAFE NSW, you should check the evidence you will need to provide to the Department of Border Protection (DIBP) to obtain a visa. The steps to do this are listed in the box below.

If you are required by DIBP to provide evidence of your financial capacity i.e. proof that you have enough money to support yourself and your family (if applicable) in Australia for the duration of your studies, you must complete and submit your TAFE NSW application through a TAFE NSW representative.

In addition, if you are from Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka or Thailand, you must submit your TAFE NSW application through a TAFE NSW representative.

Search for a TAFE NSW representative in your city.

How to check what evidence you will need to provide to obtain a visa
  1. Go to the Student visa (subclass 500) page on the DIBP website
  2. Scroll down to the Document Checklist Tool
  3. Select the country that is listed on your passport
  4. Enter ‘00591E' in the Education Provider CRICOS code field (the TAFE NSW CRICOS code)
  5. Answer the remaining question
  6. Click the Display evidence button
  7. When the page reloads, scroll back down past the form to the Documentary Evidence List

Check the course entry requirements

Make sure that you meet the English language and academic requirements of the course you want to study.

If you do not meet the English requirements, you can study an English course at TAFE NSW before you start your course – let us know you want to do this in Section 4A of the application form.

Some courses have one or more prerequisites, which are lower level courses you need to complete first i.e. to study an Advanced Diploma, you might first have to complete a Certificate 4 and a Diploma course.

Some courses require you to complete additional entry requirements e.g. submit an essay or portfolio of work along with your application.

Complete and submit your application

Download and complete the TAFE NSW application form.

TAFE NSW application form thumbnail

Along with a completed application form, you must also sign and return the Terms and Conditions.

Apply online
To apply online, look for the 'Apply online' button on course or package pages.

If you have already started an online application you can check its progress by logging into the Apply Online application system.

Attach supporting documents

Attach certified copies of the following documents to your application:

  • Personal details and visa pages of your passport
  • Academic transcripts and/or award certificates
  • English language test results e.g. IELTS or TOEFL
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) membership card (if held)
  • Financial/sponsorship documents

Note: A 'certified copy' is a copy of an original document, signed and dated by one of the following officials, stating that they have seen the original document and that the copy is a true copy of that document:

  • Official from the organisation that issued the original document
  • Government official
  • Public Notary
  • Justice of the Peace

Faxed versions of certified copies are not acceptable. Please provide English translations of your documents if they are not in English.

If you are applying for a TAFE NSW Diploma-to-Degree program, you will also need to complete the relevant university application form.

Australian Catholic University (ACU)1 Charles Sturt University (CSU)2 Southern Cross University (SCU)3 Southern Cross University (SCU) - Sydney3

Australian Catholic University Application form

Charles Sturt University Application form

Southern Cross University Application form

Southern Cross University - Sydney Application form

University of Canberra (UC) University of Newcastle (UoN) University of Technology Sydney (UTS)  

University of Canberra Application form

University of Newcastle Application form

University of Technology Sydney Application form


1Applicants must apply through approved representatives of ACU and TAFE NSW.
Direct applications will be accepted.

2Applicants must apply through approved representatives of CSU and TAFE NSW.
Direct offshore applicants will be referred to an approved representative; direct onshore applicants will be interviewed by CSU. Applications from TAFE NSW representatives who are not approved CSU representatives will be considered on an individual basis, please contact TAFE NSW Australia for more information.

3Applicants must apply through approved representatives of SCU and TAFE NSW.

Search for a TAFE NSW representative in your city.

Send us your documents

Submit your application online, through a TAFE NSW representative, or scan and email your application form and supporting documents to your preferred TAFE region as listed below:

Western Sydney
Phone: +61 2 9715 8700

South Western Sydney
Phone: +61 2 8713 6545

Northern Sydney in partnership with Hunter and North Coast
Phone: +61 2 9942 3539

Sydney TAFE in partnership with Illawarra, Western and Riverina
Phone: +61 2 9217 4106

What happens next

If your application is successful, we will send you:

  • Offer of a place (Letter of Offer)
  • Invoice for fee payments
  • Airport pickup and accommodation fees, if you have requested them

You will need to read the Terms and Conditions carefully and follow the instructions in your letter before paying your tuition and health cover fees.

If your application is unsuccessful we will send you a letter outlining the reason or reasons you were unsuccessful.

Accept the Offer

To accept the offer, sign the acceptance form and pay the fees and charges listed on your invoice including the Diploma-to-Degree package deposit (if relevant). Additional documents may have been requested in your offer letter. Please provide these documents with your payment.
Payment must be made in Australian dollars:

  • At any Westpac Bank in Australia
  • By BPAY
  • By credit card (Visa or MasterCard)
  • By bank cheque
  • By bank draft
  • By postal money order

Bank cheque, bank draft or postal money order must be made payable to ‘TAFE NSW' and should be sent to the address listed on the invoice.

Note: TAFE NSW will not be held responsible for any monies paid to a TAFE NSW representative.

Apply for your visa

When we receive your payment, we issue you with an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) form. Use the eCoE form to apply for your student visa.

To apply for a student visa, go to the Student visa (subclass 500) page on the DIBP website and click the Apply Now link.

For more information about how to apply for your student visa application, go to Tips to prepare for your student visa application to ensure you have all the relevant documentation for your application. 

Create your Unique Student Identifier

The Unique Student Identifier or USI is a reference number made up of 10 numbers and letters that:

  • creates a secure online record of your recognised training and qualifications gained in Australia
  • will give you access to your training records and transcripts
  • is free and easy to create and

It is a compulsory part of the enrolment process, unless you are enrolling in a degree course.

Create your USI by going to the USI website. When you have created your USI, download and complete the TAFE NSW USI document and bring it along to your orientation session.

How to apply

Do you need help?

Ask a question online or contact
TAFE NSW International or an authorised agent.


New South Wales


NSW lies on the east coast of Australia.
Sydney is the state's capital and the largest
city in Australia.

To find a TAFE NSW location to TAFE NSW locations.

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Agent search

TAFE NSW International has a worldwide network of representative agents who can help you complete and submit your application to study.

These representatives must provide you with accurate and up-to date information and advice regarding programs, courses, application procedures, living and studying in Australia. They can also assist with your visa application. If you wish to apply through an agent it is recommended that you use an agent on this list. If you choose to use another agent who is not published on this list, then TAFE NSW International is not responsible for the accuracy of the advice provided to you.

TAFE NSW English Language Centre agents

TAFE NSW English Language Centres also engage agent representatives and details of these agents can be found on the English Language pages for each of the listed Institutes. These agents may recruit students for intensive English language courses but not for any other courses at TAFE NSW.

If you have any concerns with regard to the service provided by our agent representatives, please contact us.