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The higher education system of Australia has both government and private institutions in it. If a university or college is seen as part of the higher education system (also known as tertiary education), then it was either established by or is recognized by the Australian government as a tertiary institution. Higher education programs include all of the schools that cover Levels I through 10 according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

Vocational and Technical Schools

There are hundreds of other schools out there that provide technical and further education (TAFE) and vocational education and training (VET). These schools offer short courses, certificates I through IV, diplomas, and advanced diplomas. They focus on training their students in a particular vocation or just to help their students get out into the work place. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial training providers, usually run by a company or of their own accord.
  • The training department of manufacturing or service enterprises, which provide services to the employees that they already have or employees that have just been hired.
  • The training function of employer or employee organizations in a particular industry, which provide services to the employees that they already have or employees that have just been hired.
  • Group Training Companies.
  • Community learning centres and neighbourhood houses.
  • Secondary colleges providing VET programs.

There are also a number of smaller schools that you can find, which are not accredited, that will give you the same quality of vocational and/or technical education for a lower price; you just have to do your research to see if you can find one that suits your needs.

For more information visit: www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/global/australian-education/education-system

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