We provide vocational education and training (VET) courses for students who want to gain practical skills or have the opportunity to progress to another qualification. Our study areas include design, media, ICT, business, finance, health, science, education, community services, trades and engineering technologies. 

Our vision is to be the best provider of vocational education in Australia, known for our industry and community connections and excellence in student-focused learning. Our mission is organised around the central theme of ‘access’: 

  • access to achievement 
  • access to higher education programs 
  • access to employment. 

We are committed to preparing our graduates for a new world of work, providing them with both the technical and human skills required to be successful, and also an overlay of digital skills — a signature of Swinburne’s VET programs. 

Our Learning Design and Innovation department has also been growing our ability to be responsive and provide the capacity to access new markets and expand partnerships. We work with our clients to design and develop tailored workforce development packages that are fit-for-purpose for either an employer or for an industry/sector. These solutions can include either customised micro-credential packages or fully accredited qualifications for an industry-wide rollout.

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Key statistics


Graduates were employed or enrolled in further study*


Graduates recommended the training they received to others*

*National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), National Student Outcomes Survey, 2019

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  • Certificate IV in Screen and Media (Vocational Education and Training 'VET') student Bailey on Swinburne's Hawthorn campus

    Vocational Education and Training at Swinburne

    VET (Vocational Education and Training) is made up of practical and hands-on TAFE courses to help turn your passion into a career.

  • Students working together in a workshop

    Future of Work Lab

    As a Swinburne vocational student, your studies are all about hands-on learning and practical skills for your future career. That's why we've created the Future of Work Lab – a tech-enabled collaborative platform for you to experience the real world of work, problem-solving alongside industry, teachers and peers.

  • The new $10m KIOSC building at the Wantirna campus

    KIOSC trade training centre

    Our Wantirna campus is home to the $10 million Knox Innovation, Opportunity and Sustainability Centre (KIOSC). Many of our Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VDSS) programs are delivered here – providing hands-on learning and links with industry groups, government agencies and the local community.

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