TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the unit within the Western Australian (WA) Department of Training and Workforce Development responsible for the recruitment and admission of international students studying at WA TAFE colleges and Government schools.
TIWA is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. Nationally recognised courses are delivered by Western Australian TAFE colleges on TIWA's behalf:
- North Metropolitan TAFE
- South Metropolitan TAFE
- Central Regional TAFE
- North Regional TAFE
- South Regional TAFE
TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students. TIWA is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) regulated by the Australian Government’s Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)(opens in a new tab)
WA Government schools
TIWA also manages the placement of international students into WA Government schools, in line with the Department of
Education's Enrolment of Overseas Student Schedule(opens in a new tab).
TIWA and the TAFE colleges deliver this training and associated services to international students, in line with the requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS)(opens in a new tab) and the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018(opens in a new tab).
The courses offered by TIWA to international students are registered on the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)(opens in a new tab).
Recruitment and admission of international students
Prospective international students can apply to study at one of WA’s TAFE colleges or Government schools through TIWA:
- directly – that is, by submitting an online application to TIWA(opens in a new tab); or
- by using an education agent – TIWA has a list of registered education agents contracted to recruit international students on its behalf.
Prospective international students have access to course information via TIWA’s website:
- online course catalogue – for prospective TAFE students; or
- WA Government schools section – for prospective WA Government school students.
Delivery of training to international students
After an international student has applied to TIWA and been accepted into a course of study, their course is delivered either:
- by their nominated TAFE college – this TAFE college will also issue the student with the Award on the successful completion of their course, on TIWA’s behalf; or
- by their nominated Government school.
Courses delivered to TAFE students in Australia are nationally accredited according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)(opens in a new tab), are competency based and are taken from an industry approved training package(opens in a new tab). For more information on competency based training and assessment, please visit our Your study options page.
Courses delivered to WA Government school students are accredited through the WA Department of Education’s School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA). For more information on courses delivered to public school students in Western Australia please visit scsa.wa.edu.au(opens in a new tab).
Accreditation and affiliations
In addition to our government authorisation and compliance, TIWA and TAFE WA are also:
A recognised provider with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission's Study Australia resource for international students(opens in a new tab), and licensed user of the Study Australia brand.