TAFE stands for Technical And Further Education.

NSW stands for New South Wales, a state of Australia.

TAFE NSW is part of the vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia. We are the largest education and training provider in Australia. We have:

Why study at TAFE NSW?

We're government owned

TAFE NSW is a government-owned, government-operated and government-accredited, and therefore, secure, stable, professionally managed and internationally recognised.

We offer high quality education

We have highly qualified teachers with business and industry experience. You will learn practical, work-related skills with academic theory which will be an excellent preparation for your future career.

Our courses are developed by employer and industry experts. You will be studying in modern and spacious locations with the latest technologies. Class sizes are small so you can receive individual attention.

We are a higher education provider

We are an accredited higher education provider so students can also choose to undertake a degree course at TAFE NSW.

Read more about TAFE NSW degree courses.

We provide pathways to university

TAFE NSW to University pathway programs guarantee successful students entry to our partner Australian universities with credit towards a Bachelor or a Master degree.

Read more about TAFE NSW to University pathway.

We have great locations

Sydney and New South Wales offer you the best study locations. Sydney was voted the number 1 city in the world by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine 2011 (10th year in a row!). Visit and see for yourself!

Read more about living in Sydney and New South Wales.


We offer courses that lead to the award of a Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree.

All courses for international students are nationally recognised. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a national framework that identifies the qualifications that you can gain in schools, vocational education and training, and higher education.

A national code number is listed on course information. This number shows that the course has national recognition.

AQF qualifications

  • are used throughout Australia
  • have been developed with industry and the community
  • help you move through and between different education levels and systems
  • name and standardise the outcomes achieved in courses

Your offer letter states the qualification you will obtain when you complete all course requirements.

Read more about Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)

TAFE NSW's provider code on CRICOS is 00591E. All our courses offered to international students are also registered on CRICOS.

Mode of study

Our courses are taught using a variety of teaching methods. Most courses are delivered through face-to-face teaching. They can also include:

  • Each location provides simulated workplaces for students to practice their new skills, for example, hair salons or restaurants with commercial kitchens
  • work experience or work placement
  • supervised study time with a teacher

To ensure high levels of safety and care, some courses such as Nursing, Aged Care, Children's Services and Community Welfare may require you to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC), occupational assessment or screening and vaccination against infectious disease.

Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children's Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit the Office of Children's Guardian website for fact sheets and information about exemptions

Assessment methods

Our courses are assessed in various ways.

For example, students must complete class work, assignments, practical components and project work throughout a course. They may then be assessed using a combination of these tasks, continuous assessment and examinations.

Assessment outcomes may be based on competency, marks and grades, or a combination of all three assessment methods.

You will receive details about how your course is assessed after you enrol.


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TAFE NSW International or an authorised agent for help with choosing a TAFE NSW course or enrolling.

How to apply

Find out how to apply to study at TAFE NSW.

Read the step-by-step instructions

ESOS Framework

The Australian Government wants international students to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding study experience in Australia.

Read more about the ESOS Framework.

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