What is TAFE?
TAFE stands for Technical and Further Education. It is a national Government system of vocational educational and training at a post-secondary level. TAFE institutes are the largest providers of post-secondary education in Australia. TAFE courses provide "hands on" training and focuses on giving students practical work experience. TAFE is very popular with local students as it provides them with quality training and an employment focus.
What TAFE courses can I enrol in?
For a full list of courses that are available to international students please refer to our course catalogue.
What government school can I enrol my child in?
Children of the age of 6½ and above can be enrolled into a Government Primary School that has spare capacity.
Secondary high school aged children can go to any of our approved schools. For the full list and information about each of the government high schools that will accept international students, please see our Secondary Schools page.
How do I apply for a course with TAFE?
To apply for a TAFE course, you need to:
- Find a suitable course or program
- Apply direct or through a study agent
- Receive an offer from ETI with any conditions
- Meet your conditions and make payment, sign and submit Acceptance form
- Receive Confirmation of Enrolment and apply for your student visa
- Obtain your visa and come to Australia to start your study
For detailed information about our Application procedure see How to Apply to Study at TAFE.
Many of our students will use a qualified education agent to assist them with their application and also their student visa. If you would like to contact an agent to assist you in your country, please see our study agents directory for the closest agent to you.
How do I apply for a School?
To apply for a school you will need to:
- Find a suitable school
- Apply directly or through a study agent
- Receive an offer and conditions (offer takes 1-2 weeks because all applications are reviewed by the School Principal)
- Confirm living arrangements and obtain welfare clearances
- Meet all conditions and make payment
- Received Confirmation of Enrolment and apply for student visa
- Obtain visa and come to Australia
Please see How to Apply for Schools for further information.
When do the School terms start?
For a list of term dates, please click see http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/termdates/index.html.
Do I need a minimum English level for entrance into a TAFE course?
For entry into a Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma course, you will require:
- IELTS (academic) score of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.*
- TOEFL 530 (PBT) or 197 (CBT) or 71 (iBT)
- Evidence that the medium of instruction at your senior school has been
- in English with satisfactory grades in English in the final examinations
- GCE O Levels English with 'C'
- 'A' or 'B' in Malaysian SPM English or a 'D' in English 1119
- Kenyan KCSE English C
For entry into a Packaged (University) course / Associate Degree:
- IELTS (academic) 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5.*
- TOEFL 550 (PBT) or 213 (CBT) 80 (iBT)
- Evidence that the medium of instruction at your senior school or university has been in English with satisfactory grades
- GCE O Levels English with 'B'
- 'A' in Malaysian SPM English or a 'C' in English 1119
- Kenyan KCSE English B
TAFE will also accept the following as evidence of English:
- Completion of the ETI English Proficiency Test (this can be completed at ETI or with an approved Agent).
- Completion of the Pearson Test of English Academic – Minimum Level 42
- Successful completion of an academic English course at TAFE (upper intermediate) or a recognised English college. For information about TAFE
- ELICOS programs at TAFE
- Successful completion of at least one year of study in a CRICOS registered course delivered in Australia.
What are the requirements if I want to study an English course at a TAFE English Language Centre?
If you wish to study English we do not require any academic requirements from you. Students must study for a minimum of 4 weeks, but can choose to study for however long you wish.
If you wish to study English, please refer to our full ELICOS brochure here.
What if my child wants to study at School, but needs to study English?
Schools students will be placed at one of our schools with an Intensive English Centre before transferring to the school of their choice, such as:
Northlake Senior Campus
Cyril Jackson Senior Campus
Langford Senior High School
Students can also choose to study English at Phoenix English Academy and then come to one of our government High Schools once they have completed their English program. Further information about the Phoenix English programs can be found at their website http://www.phoenixela.com.au/.
Can I apply as a mature aged student?
How much are course fees?
TAFE: Tuition fees range from approximately $10,000 - $13,500AUD per year. There are some exceptions where courses carry higher fees due to the nature of the course, for example Aeronautics.
Some TAFE courses also have additional fees for Resources, Equipment and Textbooks. Any extra fees that need to be paid will depend on your course of study. To find out if your course has any additional costs, please refer to our online Course Catalogue. Any extra fees will be paid directly to your college upon arrival.
Full fee information can be obtained from the ETI website under the appropriate course or study sector, please refer to the Course Catalogue for tuition fees for all of TAFE courses.
ELICOS Courses are $300 per week. Please refer to our English brochure to find out further information about our English courses.
Tuition fees for Schools students are:
- Primary school Fees: $8,000AUD per year
- Lower Secondary Fees: $9,500AUD per year
- Upper Secondary Fees:
- Year 11:$10,500AUD per year.
- Year 12:$10,500AUD per year
What is OSHC?
OSHC stands for "Overseas Student Health Cover". It is compulsory for all international student visa holders to have this cover. As international students are not covered under the Australian Medicare system you are required to have sufficient health cover while in Australia. OSHC provides international students with coverage similar to that of a local resident under the Medicare system.
When you arrange your offer through ETI we will arrange your OSHC for you in order to make your application process much simpler.
A new requirement by the Department of Immigration & Citizenship is that students must have OSHC for the duration of their visa. ETI will ensure your cover is for the duration of your initial visa – if you change courses or institutions you will need to ensure you have adequate cover.
All of our OSHC is organised through World Care Assist, detailed information about their cover can be found at: http://www.oshcworldcare.com.au/
What do I do if I want to transfer from another education provider in Australia to a TAFE college in Perth?
You must study your Principal course for 6 months before you are able to transfer to W.A. When applying, please indicate if you have studied previously in Australia. If we require a Release Letter from your previous institution this will be a condition on your enrolment and must be provided before you can make payment for your course.
How do I proceed if I wish to package my TAFE course with University?
Please note that if you wish to package with university you will need to meet the DIAC requirements that are determined by the highest Assessment Level for your country. For further information on this, please refer to the Assessment Level document at http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/assessment-levels.pdf (pdf).
What do I need to do apply for a student visa?
The latest and most accurate information on obtaining your student visa can be on the Department of Immigration and Citizenships (DIAC) website, please refer to http://www.immi.gov.au/students/.
How do I book to stay with a homestay family while I am studying in Perth?
All of our Homestay arrangements are made through Australian Homestay Network (AHN). If you wish to apply to stay in a homestay family you can register at http://www.homestaynetwork.org/public/eti-students.
Can I study at TAFE if I am under the age of 18?
If you wish to study at TAFE you must be turning 18 in the same calendar year that you commence your studies. Under age students are required to have suitable welfare arrangements. If an underage student has not arranged through DIAC (Immigration) for their welfare to be covered by a blood relative then they will require ETI to undertake the responsibility of the welfare.
How do I get around in Perth?
In Western Australia you will be eligible for a student discount on all public transport. Before you start using your card you must make sure that it has available credit. If you have any problems regarding public transport, please ask your international student advisor or co-ordinator. Timetables and information is available at www.transperth.wa.gov.au.
What if I can’t make it in time for the start of my TAFE course?
All students must arrive at least one week prior to their course, so that they can attend orientation at their TAFE College. If for some reason (such as airline strikes, death of a parent, typhoons) you are unable to make it to the orientation you must be ready to start at the end of Week 1 of your course.
What if I am studying at TAFE, and want to bring my child?
Your child can access schooling but tuition fees will apply. Please refer to the following information, Dependants of International Students, on our website for detailed fee information. If you do not pay the required fees the school will cancel your children/s enrolment and you cannot enrol into another government school until these fees are paid.
Do I have to live with my child while they study at School?
Yes, they must be accompanied by a parent on a Primary Guardian Visa.
I have been asked by Immigration for a Confirmation of Placement (COP) for my dependant, how do I get this?