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22 March 2018

Thank you for attending the TAFE NSW Career Advisor Day for 2018.

We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we enjoyed hosting you. We trust you were able to receive valuable information about TAFE NSW that will assist ensuring the best options and career outcomes for your students.

As promised, we have provided links to our presentation content and speaker videos for you to retain as a source of reference.

Let us keep you in the loop with TAFE NSW news and events or contact us if you need any information at

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Video highlights and presentations

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Miss a speaker on the day? Want to relive some key moments? Here are all the video presentations from the 2018 Career Advisor Day, along with some student stories about their time studying at TAFE NSW. Grab a coffee, pull up a chair and enjoy!

Key Initiatives
Glen Babington
Chief Operating Officer

Glen Babington outlines his key initiatives for Connected Learning Centres, SkillsPoints and the student management programs.

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Keeping informed about TVET in 2018!
Jill Abell and Anita Devine
Partnerships & TVET Programs and Manager School Programs

Jill and Anita discuss why awareness of TVET courses is invaluable to students, new courses being added, and more!

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Degrees done differently
Ili Pelletier
Director Higher Education

Why should a student choose TAFE NSW for a degree course? Practical experience, work placements, high success rates – the list goes on!

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The International Journey
Diane Seath
Director International Business, Sydney

Diane discusses the support on offer for international students, post-graduate pathways and key advice for international students.

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Benefits of Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Callum Sheehan
Customer Experience Team Leader, ATTP

Why should a student choose TAFE NSW for an Apprenticeship or Traineeship? Callum discusses the reasons – and more – in this presentation.

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Empowering Student Success
Hugh Greenough
General Manager, Student Services

Hugh discusses the support available for TAFE NSW students, as well as the support available for High School students, ESL students, and more.

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Designing Futures
Richard Cass
Team Leader, Design Sydney

If a student is looking for a career in design, then the Design Centre Enmore should be top of the list. Richard discusses why.

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Questions from Career Advisor Day

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled vocational training is funded by the NSW Government (government subsidised) to provide students with skills to get a job and advance their careers.

Funded qualifications are found on the 2018 NSW Skills List and are linked to industries that have been determined as high priority for New South Wales. These courses teach what we call high-demand skills that employers want now and in the future.

To enrol in a Smart and Skilled program:
  • a fee is payable based on meeting the eligibility criteria;
  • this fee is determined by the students' personal circumstances at the time of enrolment;
  • once enrolled, the student fee will be confirmed based on their individual details

A student may be eligible for Smart and Skilled subsidised vocational training if they are:

  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen;
  • no longer at school or equivalent (home-schooled students are eligible);
  • living or working in NSW;
  • aged 15 years or older.

It's important to know that a student may need to provide evidence of their eligibility when they enrol.

The NSW Government has created a list of vocational qualifications subsidised under the Smart and Skilled Program.

The NSW Skills List includes:
  • Selected foundation skills courses to help the student improve their language, literacy, numeracy learning or employability skills;
  • Certificate I to Advanced Diploma qualifications;
  • All apprenticeships and selected new entrant traineeships;
  • Some part-qualifications for priority skills areas, specific industry needs or target groups.

To check if the students' course is Government subsidised, head to TAFE NSW courses.

Smart and Skilled student fees are different depending on whether the student has completed a previous qualification.

Smart and Skilled courses:

If a student is studying their first qualification, the NSW government will subsidise part of their course fee to help them achieve their career goals.

If they move on to study a second or subsequent Smart and Skilled course, a Government subsidy may still apply, however the amount of subsidy is reduced.

If a student is studying somewhere other than TAFE NSW?

If the student has previously completed a qualification with another training provider, anywhere in the world, they may still be eligible for a Smart and Skilled subsidy.

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TAFE NSW Courses and Programs

All TAFE NSW courses offer internships and work placement to help students succeed. Our expert teachers have industry connections to link students with future employers.

TAFE NSW courses offer a practical, hands-on learning environment for students trained by expert and industry-relevant teaching staff. On entering the workforce, our graduates earn higher full-time wages and are more employable than university students.

Universities have a great deal of professional respect with TAFE NSW as they work with us to ensure graduates meet their requirements. The high employment rate of our students is a clear indication that our TAFE NSW Degrees are held in high esteem.

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Presentations and Ambassadors

Yes! Please contact Schools Marketing at to arrange a visit by a TAFE NSW representative and/or student ambassador.

Yes! Please contact Schools Marketing at to arrange a visit by a TAFE NSW Career Counsellor. More information can be found on the TAFE NSW website, Counselling & Career Advice landing page.

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TVET and Student Information

Student progress reports are generated and distributed to Schools at the end of Semester 1 and 2 delivery for TVET each year.

Externally delivered Vocational Education and Training.

We have professional Career Counsellors available at our TAFE NSW campuses across the state. More information can be found on the TAFE NSW website, Counselling and Career Advice landing page.

Generally, Aboriginal students aren’t required to prove their heritage but may have to confirm if requested.

Higher Education (Bachelor & Associate Degree)

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care: Completion of NSW HSC or equivalent in Australia with a Band 4 in English as Second Language (2 Units)

All other Degrees: Completion of NSW HSC or equivalent in Australia

Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses

Completion of Year 12 or NSW HSC or equivalent in Australia

Diploma of Nursing

IELTS test or equivalent

Note: If a student has completed the HSC or Year 12 in Australia more than two years ago, please advise the student that the Department of Home Affairs might ask them for an IELTS test. However, TAFE NSW will still accept the student subject to how the student justifies the gap.

As providers of tertiary education, we are unable to provide advice on permanent residency and migration. For this purpose, the student is referred to a migration agent.

TAFE NSW Degree graduates have had no difficulty with entry into a Masters’ programs at universities.

TAFE NSW has Career Counsellors to assist school students and other people wishing to further their study. More information can be found on the TAFE NSW website, Counselling and Career Advice page. Please note: there may be Taster days organised at the campus level during the year.

NSW law dictates the leaving age for school students as highlighted on our School to TAFE page. In exceptional circumstances a student may be able to study a course equivalent to Year 10 with us. They will need to discuss this with their school principal, who must approve the formal application.

Graduate employment outcomes for the VET sector are measured annually by NCVER through a national survey of students that have graduated or subject completers. The survey is distributed to students six months post-graduation. The results for Vocational Education across Australia can be found at:

Graduate employment outcomes for Higher Education are now measured separately by QILT which is now in its second year of execution. This survey is also annual for students that have graduated. The results of this survey can be found at:

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TAFE NSW Facilities

Virtual classrooms provide the ability to record a class as participants interact, communicate, discuss presentations and engage with learning resources while working in online groups. Virtual classrooms have been shown to increase course participation and completion rates.

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2019 Career Guide

TAFE NSW will endeavour to deliver the 2019 Career Guide by end of August 2018.

Our Career Guide provides a high level overview of the career areas and courses offered across the state. Comprehensive and detailed information on each course is available at (including the study locations). You and/or your students can either ring 131 601 and talk to one of our helpful Customer representatives or ‘enquire’ about specific courses on the website.

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