TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) is the peak national body which represents Australia’s national network of publicly owned Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and university TAFE divisions, and the Australia-Pacific Technical Coalition (APTC).
Each TAFE on behalf of its state or territory delivers comprehensive tertiary education, spanning technical and further education, senior schooling and higher education. In meeting the education and training needs of their students, the TAFE network serves the needs of Australian industry, enterprises and communities.
Australia’s network of TAFE institutes is the largest and most diverse component of our national tertiary education sector, with more than 1000 campuses located across central business districts, suburban, regional, rural and remote locations. Many institutes offer further services throughout the Asia-Pacific and other offshore regions.
TDA seeks to bring TAFEs together and link with key stakeholders in post-school education, including with other education bodies, industry and across all areas of government activity which rely on TAFEs. To support its work, TDA engages with TAFE leaders, including dual sector universities and works in partnership with the Victorian TAFE Association which brings Victorian members together. TDA also collaborates with its corporate partners to develop initiatives and priorities for mutual benefit
The core business of TDA is supporting our member institutes, leading the advocacy for quality skills in Australia, and managing a range of international education and training projects in co-operation with our institutes.
TAFE Directors Australia was established by TAFE directors in 1998.