Degrees - Governance - Content


Higher Education programs are delivered by the NSW Technical and Further Education Commission ('TAFE NSW') trading as TAFE NSW Higher Education.

Delivery of Higher Education programs is overseen by a corporate governance structure and supported by our guiding principles.

Corporate governance

The TAFE NSW Higher Education governance structure includes a Governing Council, Academic Board and the TAFE NSW Executive Leadership Team. The structure separates the delivery of TAFE NSW higher education courses from the delivery of TAFE NSW vocational courses.

TAFE NSW Higher Education Governing Council

The Governing Council provides advice to the TAFE NSW Commission to ensure that TAFE NSW Higher Education fulfils its responsibilities as detailed in its Mission and Goals, and continues to meet its obligations and responsibilities as a Higher Education Institution.

The chair of the Governing Council is Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM, Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of New South Wales, formerly Vice Chancellor and President of the University of NSW.

Other members are:

  • Professor Joan Cooper , Higher Education Consultant and former Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) and Registrar at the University of NSW, and Chair of the TAFE NSW Higher Education Academic Board
  • Warren Grimshaw AM, Former Executive Director, Coffs Harbour Education Campus (Retired), Chair of the TAFE NSW North Coast Institute Advisory Council
  • Managing Director, TAFE NSW
  • Chief Financial Officer, TAFE NSW

TAFE NSW Higher Education Academic Board

The Academic Board operates independently of the control and management of TAFE NSW Higher Education to assure academic integrity. The Academic Board is responsible for academic policy making, academic administration, oversight of the educational process and maintaining appropriate control over the administration of higher education curriculum to allow educational objectives to be achieved.

The chair of the Academic Board is Professor Joan Cooper, Higher Education Consultant and former Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) and Registrar at the University of NSW.

Other members are:

  • Emeritus Professor Stuart Campbell, University of Western Sydney (Retired)
  • Professor Sandra Wills, Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching, Charles Sturt University
  • Managing Director, TAFE NSW
  • Ms Ili Pelletier, Director, TAFE NSW Higher Education
  • Dr Matthew Fairbairn, Dean TAFE NSW Higher Education
  • Mr Todd Packer, Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Design (Interior Design)
  • Dr David Halfpenny, Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security and Data Engineering Infrastructure)

TAFE NSW Executive Leadership Team

The TAFE NSW Executive Leadership Team takes responsibility for the efficient conduct of TAFE NSW's Higher Education operations. It is the primary operational decision-making body of the Higher Education Institute and manages the delivery of TAFE NSW's Higher Education courses.

Guiding principles

Higher qualifications assist people to become more employable and provide opportunities for more interesting work and higher wages. This, in turn, increases the productivity of the Australian workforce and strengthens our economy.

Australian Governments have set ambitious targets to increase the proportion of young people with bachelor degree qualifications and increase the proportion of higher education students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

TAFE NSW is uniquely positioned to help Australia meet these goals. Through our network of ten Institutes, TAFE NSW delivers training to approximately half a million people each year. As a provider of higher education TAFE NSW can now enhance and expand tertiary pathway opportunities to people from all communities, contributing to Australia's ambitious higher education participation targets.

TAFE NSW Higher Education will build on its reputation for quality and industry responsive training to deliver job ready higher education graduates in areas of niche capability and high employment demand.

Our ambition

TAFE NSW Higher Education will continue to:

  • enhance and expand opportunities for students from all communities to attain higher education qualifications
  • encourage the exploration and development of inquiry, applied skills and knowledge within a vocational and industry based learning environment.

Our intentions

Through its Strategic Plan, TAFE NSW Higher Education will:

  • extend the range of quality higher education programs through increased services and meeting industry needs
  • build market share and respect for the value and difference of TAFE NSW Higher Education
  • expand opportunities for staff to develop their academic capability
  • build and extend the capabilities of the TAFE NSW Higher Education Unit to support the consolidation and growth phase of higher education at TAFE NSW.