TAFE NSW Riverina is located in the Riverina region of south western NSW, about six hours drive from Sydney and 2½ hours from Canberra, the capital of Australia. It covers the agriculturally fertile Murray Irrigation Area to the NSW/Victorian border and westwards to the NSW/South Australian border. It has almost 15,000 students studying at 19 locations. International students study at five of these locations.
Wagga Wagga (population: 46,700)
What's it like to live there?
The Riverina offers a rural lifestyle with friendly country people. Students can enjoy a good lifestyle here – no traffic jams, no crowds and cleaner, green communities with the services and facilities available in larger cities.
Wagga Wagga has great shopping, sports facilities, cafes, fine dining and a large, vibrant arts and cultural scene.
The Riverina is also Australia's largest wine-producing area and generates AUD$1 billion in horticultural and agricultural products each year. This means plenty of part-time jobs. Its location midway between Sydney and Melbourne makes it an ideal rural base to experience "the best of both worlds".
Generally, living costs are lower in the Riverina, especially for rent and fresh food. Small classes with mostly Australian born students will improve your English every day, which is important for those international students who may apply to live and work in Australia in the future.
- The Primary Industries Centre is a 200 hectare commercial farm teaching Agriculture and Horticulture.
- The National Environment Centre is a unique 182 hectare certified organic farm offering accredited training in Organic Production and Permaculture.
- Griffith offers Enrolled Nursing, Aged Care Work and Children's Services in a new state-of-the-art training facility.
- Wagga Wagga is home to the multi-award-winning training restaurant "On Course".
"The Riverina is beautiful, green and home to a thriving agricultural industry. Everything I need is here and it's a great place to study – no distractions. The teachers explain what we are learning and are helpful and give you time to digest everything and ask questions. There is much less theory than I expected and much more practical skills training. This makes learning easier. My classmates are good-natured. The food here is great and provides almost everything that I like to eat in Kenya."
Sylvia from Kenya - Nursing
Riverina locations are situated within the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) designated regional area for the purposes of skilled migration. For further information visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website
Locations and transport links
|Albury||Poole Street, Albury NSW 2640|
|Griffith||Neville Place, Griffith NSW 2680|
|National Environmental Centre||Ettamogah Road, Thurgoona NSW 2640|
|Primary Industries Centre||Coolamon Road, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650|
|Wagga Wagga||Macleay & Coleman Streets, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650|
Do you need help?
How to apply
Find out how to apply to study at TAFE NSW.
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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.
- Blacktown (Western Sydney Institute)
- Coffs Harbour Education Campus (CHEC) (North Coast Institute)
- Kingscliff (North Coast Institute)
- Liverpool (South Western Sydney Institute)
- Meadowbank (Northern Sydney Institute)
- Newcastle (Hunter Institute)
- Parramatta (Western Sydney Institute)
- Ultimo (Sydney Institute)
- Wollongong (Illawarra Institute)
If you have any concerns with regard to the service provided by our agent representatives, please contact us.