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TAFE Western Australia

Australia
Overview

Overview

Perth, the capital of Western Australia (WA), is a stunning modern city with an ideal combination of cultural buzz, green spaces and easy access to beaches and coastline trails. It's a great place to live as a student, known for its relaxed lifestyle, sunny climate and vibrant city life. It is also a designated ‘regional centre', providing opportunities to prosper in WA after graduation.

TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is owned and operated by the Western Australian State Government. TIWA facilitates the enrolment of international students into vocational education and training (VET) courses in WA TAFE (Technical and Further Education) colleges.

Students can choose from over 100 certificate and diploma courses delivered across 17 campus locations around Perth and regional WA in the following study areas:

  • Accounting, Business and Marketing
  • Animal Care and Aquaculture
  • Automotive, Engineering, Surveying and Process Plant Technology
  • Aviation
  • Building and Construction
  • Creative Industries
  • Digital Media and Information Technology
  • Early Childhood Education and Community Services
  • Health and Beauty 
  • Hospitality, Cookery and Tourism
  • Land and Environmental Management
  • Maritime
  • Nursing

TIWA provides flexible entry points, pathways to university and a cost-effective way to complete an internationally recognised qualification and confidently enter the workforce. Dedicated lecturers with industry experience deliver courses, so that students learn with the latest technology and equipment.

TIWA offers hands on learning experiences and practical training aligned to industry requirements with a globally-recognised qualification. This gives students the confidence to succeed in their chosen career. 

For a rural experience, students can choose to study in one of TIWA's popular regional campuses.

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What's new

What's new

TAFE continues to review and update its course portfolio and teaching methods to offer the best education possible to its international students.

As of March 2022, the institution is again able to welcome international students to attend courses in person following the change in government guidelines.

Providing students meet the Commonwealth Government requirements, they will be able to enter Australia without needing to quarantine.

A rapid antigen test will need to be taken within 12 hours of arriving in the country, with any positive result being reported. This testing arrangement is an interim plan and may be changed or removed at short notice – students are advised to check the Western Australia Government website for the latest updates.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

TAFE is highly regarded for the quality of its teaching. Students will learn from lecturers equipped with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience working in industry. TIWA offers courses tailored towards a job ready outcome, so industry experience is a crucial step to transition students into their future career.

Courses are taught with a mix of work experience so that students get a feel for their future role, learn while on the job, and create ties that will serve once the qualification is complete.

Work placements are integrated into many courses. Students can step out of the classroom and get a real world insight into their chosen industry.

Study areas that include practical work placements in registered offsite agencies with industry partners are:

  • Animal Studies
  • Applied Fashion Design
  • Bricklaying and Carpentry
  • Community Services
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Health and Fitness and
  • Nursing.

Other TIWA courses include simulated work placements that replicate real work environments in on-campus facilities. Industry-experienced lecturers teach in classrooms and in practical environments like restaurants, laboratories and workshops. TIWA offers the latest industry technology, tools, machinery, processes and materials in all simulated work placements.

Study areas with simulated work placements are:

  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Beauty
  • Cookery
  • Conservation and Land Management
  • Community Services
  • Horticulture and Environmental Management
  • Hospitality and
  • Process Plant Operations and Engineering.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for study at TAFE depend on a number of factors, including students' chosen subject area, the level they want to begin study (certificate or diploma), and their home country's educational system.

The minimum level of English proficiency required for entry into most TAFE courses is the equivalent of an overall academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0. For some countries TIWA may accept high school English results. Some courses, such as nursing and early childhood education, require a higher level of English i.e. academic IELTS 6.0/7.0.

Generally, students that have completed the equivalent of Australian Year 10 will be ready for a certificate III qualification, while students that are educated to the equivalent of Australian Year 12 will be able to enter at certificate IV or diploma level.

For students that need to improve their English language skills, they can package an English course with their TAFE program. TIWA delivers English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) in partnership with Navitas English. TIWA also has partnerships with a range of private English language partners, which means students can receive direct entry into TAFE courses once the required level is achieved.

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Facilities

Facilities

TIWA is dedicated to employment-focused education, and are well equipped to ensure students are job ready upon graduation. Specialising in hands-on learning, TIWA prepares students for the workforce. They'll have access to essential learning facilities while at TAFE, with contemporary lecture theatres, fully equipped labs and seminar rooms, as well as private breakout areas for independent and group study.

Students will make use of technology and equipment that is used in their chosen field upon graduation. TAFE works closely with industry to ensure resources and facilities are relevant and up to date for students.

As well as this, students also benefit from purpose-built, state-of-the-art campuses, managed by industry-experienced staff and teachers. Small class sizes mean dedicated attention and focus from lecturers. Along with extensive social and support structures, training facilities include:

  • cafes and restaurants open to the public
  • commercial kitchens
  • health clinics, laboratories, beauty and wellness centres
  • horticulture and conservation resources
  • an oil and gas processing plant
  • aquaculture farms and animal clinics
  • engineering workshops and automotive skills centres
  • art galleries and creative suites
  • digital, film and television studios, and a radio station
  • fashion and merchandising hubs and
  • boats, maritime simulators and airport-based aviation hangars.

There are campus villages at nearby universities that students can choose for accommodation if they want to be in a student environment close to their place of study. Alternatively, private accommodation options are also available including homestays, where students can live with an Australian family for a few weeks or longer.

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Student support

Student support

TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is an organisation that will help students throughout their time at TAFE, both before students first arrive and for the duration of the students' time in Australia.

TIWA assists with a range of areas relating to enrolment including:

  • advice on courses and pathways
  • application for enrolment
  • updating contact details (ie address, email, mobile) and
  • how to pay fees.

For any other personal or study issues, TIWA will be able to refer the student to the necessary body. Students can get in touch with TIWA either by sending a message online or by calling them.

Specific support is available at the International Office on campus. This includes:

  • advice and support on courses and pathways
  • application for continuing enrolment
  • advice on change of course/unit pathways
  • update contact details (i.e. address, email, mobile numbers)
  • monitor class attendance and progress
  • orientation
  • safety and welfare advice
  • suitable local accommodation
  • information on public transport (buses and trains)
  • class timetables and
  • student ID cards.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Studying at TAFE through TIWA gives students practical training and knowledge using modern facilities and equipment.

Students will learn from expert TAFE lecturers who bring their real-life industry experience to their training. As a result, students will complete their program with a globally recognised qualification and be job ready, with the confidence and skills to start a successful career.

Alongside the core modules of the course, students are able to access support in career skills so that they are fully prepared for the world of work upon graduation.

TAFE also directly partners with some of Australia's best universities, allowing any student to use their TAFE qualification as a pathway to university study.

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Average cost of living in Australia

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Total average cost: $2462

  • $1030
    Housing
  • $898
    Food
  • $138
    Daily life
  • $396
    Clothing
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What our students think about us

Overview
(5.0)
Course Quality
4.7
Campus Safety
5.0
Student Support
4.3
Teaching Quality
4.7
Campus Environment
4.3
TAFE Western Australia TAFE Western Australia
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
TAFE Western Australia - by, 2019-12-15
4.0/ 5 stars
TAFE Western Australia TAFE Western Australia
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
TAFE Western Australia - by, 2020-01-10
5.0/ 5 stars
TAFE Western Australia TAFE Western Australia
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
TAFE Western Australia - by, 2020-02-03
5.0/ 5 stars

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TAFE Western Australia TAFE Western Australia
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
TAFE Western Australia - by, 2019-12-15
4.0/ 5 stars
TAFE Western Australia TAFE Western Australia
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
TAFE Western Australia - by, 2020-01-10
5.0/ 5 stars
TAFE Western Australia TAFE Western Australia
Rated4/5based on3 student reviews
Customer reviews:
TAFE Western Australia - by, 2020-02-03
5.0/ 5 stars

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