Studying at the Warrnambool campus offers many advantages. These include our convenient CBD location and state-of-the-art facilities, expert and approachable teaching staff, and an exceptionally high student satisfaction rating of 94 per cent. Our staff, students, learning programs and facilities have received the highest industry accolades. We have a strong civic presence and provide a welcoming and accessible learning environment.
At the Warrnambool campus, elegant historic buildings sit alongside striking contemporary structures and are complemented by our environmentally responsible gardens and student leisure spaces. The recently constructed Timor Street building boasts multimedia classrooms equipped with the latest design technology and a premium conference and events centre. This building also provides an open and friendly student services and enrolment centre.
The Warrnambool campus also features a unique range of vocational training facilities including Food Lab and PURE Hair, Beauty & Wellness Academy.
The Warrnambool campus offers a wide variety of innovative training and educational programs that have been implemented to support the needs of the industries and individuals of the local community.
Courses include agriculture, arts, automotive, building, business, child studies, conservation, Electrotechnology, engineering, general education, horticulture, hospitality, laboratory skills, liberal arts, massage, multimedia, music, nursing, plumbing, sport, tourism and welfare studies.
In addition to our On Campus courses, we also offer a wide range of Off Campus programs, as well as a range of Short Courses.
The campus boasts state-of-the-art facilities including Food Lab training restaurant. The Warrnambool campus is also home to Meat Training Australia (MTA), delivering specialist training in meat retailing and meat processing.
The building redevelopment project is now in its final stage and on completion will see the Department of Arts relocated back from the current Fletcher Jones site. Whether you want to develop existing skills and knowledge to support you in career advancement, or if you want to obtain new skills, South West TAFE has a variety of Courses designed to support you achieve your goals.
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The Warrnambool Campus history dates back to the 1800s when the Mechanics Institute was established. Following this, the post-World War II boom brought a series of major building projects to the town and in 1958 the newly established Warrnambool Technical College opened its doors on a small section of the existing site in Warrnambool's CBD.
The post-World War II boom brought a series of major building projects to the town and in 1958 the newly established Warrnambool Technical College opened its doors on a small section of the existing site in Warrnambool's CBD.
In 1969 the College was renamed and restructured to become the Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education, offering both TAFE and university courses. Soon to outgrow this location, all university programs were moved to Sherwood Park and eventually became part of Deakin University. In 1984 the Warrnambool site was renamed as the Warrnambool College of TAFE.
Three years later the Hamilton, Portland and Warrnambool Technical Colleges joined forces to create the South West College of TAFE (now South West Institute of TAFE). Since then the Warrnambool Campus has assumed responsibilities for centralised portfolios such as the Office of the CEO, Business Strategy and Corporate Services. The Warrnambool Campus continues to deliver a full range of training courses and qualifications.
A series of major redevelopments were carried out from 2002 - 2009 and today the Warrnambool Campus incorporates the original site plus an adjoining suite of heritage and purpose-built facilities. The Campus also boasts state-of-the-art training and conferencing facilities.