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.

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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.

Specialised locations

  • 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".

Student testimonials

"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

Further information

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

Locations Address Train Bus Parking
Albury Poole Street, Albury NSW 2640 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Griffith Neville Place, Griffith NSW 2680 blue tick blue tick blue tick
National Environmental Centre Ettamogah Road, Thurgoona NSW 2640 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Primary Industries Centre Coolamon Road, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 blue tick blue tick blue tick
Wagga Wagga  Macleay & Coleman Streets, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650 blue tick blue tick blue tick

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86 Wootten Street
West Wyalong NSW 2671 Australia
Tel: +61 2 6979 0815
Fax: +61 2 6972 3489
Email: riinternationalstudents@tafensw.edu.au
Web: www.rit.tafensw.edu.au/international

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