The practical path: study and stay in Australia

Australia is celebrated for its breathtaking and diverse landscapes. It also is one of the highest ranking countries for quality of life, with a low crime rate and a high standard of living. These features contribute to its appeal as a destination for those looking to study abroad and potentially settle in the country. 

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What is a TAFE course?

The Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system, which is run by the government, offers post-secondary education in various vocational fields such as beauty, design, childcare, accounting, carpentry, patisserie, IT and many others. 

While university programmes in Australia often focus on theoretical knowledge, TAFE courses are designed to impart specific, practical skills directly applicable in the workplace. For instance, completing a Certificate III in Carpentry provides the essential skills and knowledge needed to either launch a carpentry business or secure employment as a carpenter.

Benefits of TAFE courses

TAFE courses are generally shorter than university courses, with durations ranging from six months to two years, and can be pursued full-time, part-time, or as apprenticeships. Some universities also integrate TAFE courses into their offerings as foundational programmes or pathways to higher qualifications. 

Other benefits include:

TAFE courses are more affordable as they are subsidised by the Australian government.

Exposure to industry insights and networking opportunities

Gaining practical, job-ready skills

A diverse selection of courses catering to a wide range of interests

Flexible study options to accommodate different schedules

Opportunities for work placement to gain real-world experience

More accessible entry requirements compared to university programmes

Pathways to further education and university degrees

For international students, TAFE courses offer a unique blend of educational and cultural experiences, allowing ample time to explore a new country and culture while acquiring practical skills. These skills not only add significant value to your resume but could provide a pathway to remain in Australia permanently. 

Staying in Australia

Australia is facing a great trade skills shortage. According to the government, 50% of occupations in the Technician and Trade Workers category are in national shortage, 36% in Labourers, 34% in Machinery Operators and Drivers, and 24% in Personal Service Workers. 

If you complete a trade qualification in an occupation on Australia’s Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL), you may be able to apply for the Temporary Graduate visa after completing your studies. This will allow you to remain in Australia for up to 18 months while you seek employment. Should you find a suitable employer, you can switch to an Employer Sponsored visa, which can lead to Australian permanent residency. 

How Sable International can help you study and stay in Australia

Sable International’s Study Abroad service can help you every step of the way from deciding on the right course to study to assisting with your university application and even getting your visa. 

We are official, in-country representatives for TAFE Queensland and TasTAFE – the largest Registered Training Organisation (RTO) in Tasmania – and 25 other Australian universities. Our partnership provides direct access to the university admissions departments, giving our students a quicker and more streamlined application process. What’s more, assistance with applications to partner universities is completely free of charge. 

Once you have completed your studies, Sable International also has an expert Australian migration team which can guide you through your visa process. 
If you’d like to explore your Australian study abroad options in general, or TAFE courses in particular, get in touch with us at or give us a call on +27 (0) 21 657 1543. You can even reach out to us on WhatsApp on +27 81 710 0460. We look forward to making your study abroad dreams come true.