Welcome to TAFE Directors Australia
TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) is the peak national body incorporated to represent Australia’s
national network of publicly owned Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and university TAFE divisions
and the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).

TAFE for Australians

Most of the jobs being created in Australia will require a TAFE qualification. The need to have such qualifications is not unique to Australia, but it is a global trend in both developed, near developed, and developing countries.

Within Australia, TAFEs and TAFE divisions of dual sector universities are the cornerstone of their communities contributing to the success of local firms and industries and, through that support, underpin the educational knowledge and technical competencies of a highly skilled workforce, which is more productive, has better health and social outcomes, and is less reliant on government services.

To explain the role of TAFE in supporting Australia’s continued economic growth, TDA has produced a video under ‘TAFE for Australians’.

Originally launched at an event at Parliament House Canberra in August 2018, the video tells the story of how TAFEs support all Australians across multiple dimensions and showcase the contribution of TAFEs and TDA in supporting skills development globally, especially in Asia.

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TAFE institutes enrolled more than 1.2 million students in 2016, and our members continue to enjoy a majority share of government-funded training.

TAFE remains the dominant partner in vocational education and training (VET) across most of Australia’s core skilled occupations, and with major Australian industry.

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