TAFE Centres of Excellence (TCoEs)

What are TAFE Centres of Excellence?

Through the National Skills Agreement, the Australian Government will partner with states and territories to establish nationally networked TAFE Centres of Excellence which will help deliver a skilled workforce for strategically important industries to meet national challenges.

They will increase collaboration between TAFEs, through partnerships with industry and universities and deliver the skills people need for good, secure work and careers.

Click here to view Department of Employment and Workplace Relations’ factsheet on TAFE Centres of Excellence.

Click here to read joint media release by The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP Minister for Skills and Training and The Hon Jason Clare MP Minister for Education on “Turbocharging TAFE centres of excellence and accelerating apprenticeships”. 

Clean Energy TCoE hosted by Western Australia

The federal and West Australian governments have committed $70 million to establish Australia’s first TAFE Clean Energy Skills National Centre of Excellence.

The centre will operate across the WA TAFE network and be a skills leader in clean energy science, engineering, construction and operation, supporting the net zero transformation and a Future Made in Australia.

Because of the size, scale and diversity of projects being developed across WA in solar, wind, hydrogen and batteries, the Centre of Excellence will leverage the existing strengths of the network of TAFEs across the state.

It will expand access to clean energy skills training opportunities at TAFE campuses in metropolitan Perth and in regional areas including Kalgoorlie, Albany, Bunbury, Geraldton, Karratha, and Broome.

Click here to read announcement by Western Australia government.

Electric Vehicle TCoE hosted by Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT)

The federal and ACT governments announced on 6 May 2024 the establishment of the Electric Vehicle (EV) Centre of Excellence which will be funded by $9.7 million from each government.

The Centre of Excellence will provide innovative world class training for a future EV workforce and will develop new diploma and degree apprenticeship pathways to support a ‘Future Made in Australia’ for industries developing, operating and maintaining EVs and related technology.

It will further develop training for mechanics, technicians and developers of light and heavy vehicles and mobile plant technology, hydrogen vehicles and associated fields such as charging infrastructure installation and maintenance.

The new centre will network with experienced TAFEs in other states and leverage partnerships with universities, Jobs and Skills Councils and industry to grow the skills needed to support EV uptake and the transition to net zero.

Click here to read joint media release by The Hon Brendan O’Connor MP Minister for Skills and Training, Andrew Barr MLA ACT Chief Minister, Chris Steel MLA, ACT Minister for Skills and Training, Alicia Payne MP Member for Canberra on “Canberra Institute of Technology to host first TAFE Electric Vehicle Centre of Excellence”.