Education in the Hunter

University of Newcastle

University of Newcastle is very supportive of developments within the Hunter Region, and the RAAF / Newcastle Airport precinct constitutes an important dimension of the Hunter economy.  The growth in the high tech defence sector is a pleasing development that will add to the Hunter economy.

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Hunter Institute – TAFE NSW

Hunter Institute – TAFE NSW is committed to working closely with Defence and Defence Industry to deliver workforce and skills development services. With over 15 campuses and an annual enrolment of over 64,000 students and 2,500 expert teachers and support staff, Hunter TAFE has the capability to deliver training across a range of industry sectors including engineering and metals, manufacturing, business, information technology and hospitality.

To complement Hunter TAFE’s capability, the “TAFE NSW Defence Services” team has been established to meet the needs of the Defence sector and is taking a leading role in responding to the training and skills development requirements of Defence and its industry partners.

Hunter TAFE is at the forefront of responsiveness and the changing skill requirements of business and individuals. Entrepreneurial, flexible, engaged with industry; these attributes embody Hunter TAFE and our approach to vocational education and training.

Hunter TAFE’s locally customised services are built on strong and prosperous relationships with individuals, business, industry and the community.

Hunter TAFE can:

  • leverage its considerable vocational education and training experience and relationships to offer strategic workforce development solutions to Defence and Defence Industry
  • develop supportive and productive relationships with Defence and Defence Industry which address targeted skills issues
  • offer collaborative solutions for the effective and timely delivery of Defence projects
  • work with the Defence Industry to explore the Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry (SADI) program and other funding options to assist with workforce development

Customised Training

Hunter TAFE can develop training and education packages specifically for your business – exactly what you need and delivered in a way that suits both the needs of you and your employees. These packages can be based on existing nationally accredited courses and contextualised to suit your industry or enterprise.

Courses may be custom-designed to incorporate units of competencies from several different training areas – for instance, project management, business and aerospace or engineering, manufacturing, transport and hospitality.

Let Hunter TAFE package and deliver a program to suit your business.

Flexible Delivery

Hunter TAFE offers flexible and distance learning options. Flexible training programs can be designed to suit your organisation’s needs and can be delivered in a variety of modes including on campus, in your workplace, distance learning, online learning or a combination of any of these.

University Articulation

Hunter TAFE, through TAFE NSW has guaranteed credit transfer arrangements with several Australian universities for articulation into undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications.

Completing courses under these arrangements may provide a means to achieving a university qualification. At the same time, retaining the practical relevance for which Hunter TAFE is renowned.

Hunter Defence Cluster

The Hunter Defence Cluster comprises representatives from Regional Development Australia, HunterNet, Hunter TAFE, Hunter Business Chamber, University of Newcastle and the Australian Industry Group. The NSW Government funds a project manager to coordinate this regional approach to promote the Hunter’s Defence Industry.

Hunter Defence Cluster has a strong regional focus and structure, which allows companies to work together as partners. HunterNet is a network of small and medium-sized manufacturing, engineering and consulting companies located in the Hunter region of NSW. It connects 100 companies, active in national and international markets in defence, power generation, mineral processing, transportation and major resource projects.


  • Williamtown RAAF Base
  • Floating Dockyard
  • BAE Systems / Boeing
  • Thales
  • Business Networks
  • University of Newcastle

The Hunter region has a skilled workforce and the capability to respond rapidly to future skills needs of the aviation, maritime and defence industries.

It is located two hours north of Sydney and connected by freeway, train and air. It is in close proximity to Williamtown RAAF base and civil aviation maintenance facilities. Hunter TAFE has 15 campuses with around 59,000 students and is strategically positioned to support the defence, maritime and aviation industries.

Hunter TAFE can draw capability and experience from other TAFE NSW Institutes and nationally through its membership with VET Australia.

Hunter TAFE in collaboration with TAFE NSW National Business unit provides a single point of contact for your state-wide and national workforce development needs.

TAFE NSW – Hunter Institute
Business Strategy
Maitland Road
Phone: +61 2 4923 7175

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