TAFE Higher Education Provider (TAFE HEP) Network

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) established the Australian TAFE Higher Education Provider (TAFE HEP) Network in 2013 to bring together TAFE providers of higher education across Australia. The aim is to promote collegiality, collaboration and sharing of knowledge about the development, delivery and administration of higher education programs. There are currently nine TAFE Institutes registered as non-university higher education providers (NUHEP) in Australia, that sit alongside the TAFE Divisions of the six dual sector universities that are also members of TDA.

The network advances higher education opportunities for students who think a traditional academic pathway is not for them, or that a degree is not accessible to them. It also advances the ability of TDA member TAFEs and dual sector universities to provide higher education degrees in a TAFE setting, and to create greater opportunities for traditional VET students to expand their educational aspirations and career ambitions.

Current priorities of the network include:

  • reducing or removing the FEE-HELP 20 per cent administration fee
  • advocating for access to Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) to be expanded beyond the current undergraduate certificate short courses, which were offered in response to COVID
  • managing impacts of COVID on international higher education students
  • pursuing self-accreditation for TAFE HEP Network members
  • contributing to policy debate and broader reforms within higher education

The network is chaired by TAFE Queensland with the Chisholm Institute as Deputy Chair.

For enquiries regarding the TAFE HEP, please contact memberservices@tda.edu.au

Further information on higher education in TAFE is available on TDA’s website.