With campuses spreaded around the northern part of Western Australia, Kimberley TAFE is one of the leading educational institutions in the Kimberley area. Taking in account the unique demographic circumstances of the region, Kimberley TAFE has one of its focuses on training Indigenous students, in the classroom as well as in the communities. With a variety of courses from art to aquaculture, this TAFE offers something for everybody.
The Kimberley, one of the true wilderness areas of Australia, covers 320.000 square kilometres. Despite its enormous size it is the home to only some 30.000 inhabitants.
Wonders of nature, almost untouched by human hand, can be found throughout the region. Bungle Bungle National Park with its bizarre rock formations, Geikie Gorge National Park and the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater Reserve are just some examples for the diversity the Kimberley has to offer.
The climate in this tropical part of Australia can best be described as extreme. Hot and dry winters are followed by very hot summers with monsoonal rainfalls, known as “The Wet”. Flooded streets often cut vast areas of the Kimberley from the rest of Australia.
Kimberley TAFE has five campuses which are located in the towns of Broome, Kununurra, Derby, Halls Creek and Wyndham. There also is an access centre in Fitroy Crossing. The Broome Campus is the biggest of these and features modern training facilities such as a music room, a recording studio and a purpose-built aquacultural centre in the nearby Port of Broome.
Though somewhat smaller the other campuses provide all the facilities to cater for its student’s needs and requirements.
4. Main Program Areas
Kimberley TAFE has a great variety of courses to pick from. The Main Program Areas are:
o Aged Cars
o Aquaculture (Rural Skills)
o Automotive Servicing
o Business Administration
o Children’s Services
o Conservation & Land Mangement
o Youth Work
o Retail Operations
o Small Business Management
o Social Housing & Governance
5. Entry Requirements
These may vary from course to course. In general, it is necessary to provide a school education that is the equivalent to the Australian years 10-12 with passes in English.
Furthermore, enrolment at TAFE WA requires a minimum level of English language skills (equivalent of IELTS academic version min. of 5.5).
6. Student Activities
The opportunities for outdoor activities in the Kimberley are as diverse as the landscape. Bushwalking or -camping, canoeing and swimming are just some possibilities. However, since most of the Kimberly is crocodile-country, caution is advised and warning signs to be taken seriously. The distances in this region are enormous, yet a (4WD) drive along the Gibb River Road from Derby to Kununurra should not be missed. As the biggest town in the area Broome offers a number of pubs and restaurants, as well as a charming open-air-cinema. In the northern part of town spectacular Cable Beach waits with more than 20 kilometres of white sand.
Sounds like your plate of pasta? The friendly people at AA education will be more than happy to provide information and assist you on your way to Great Southern TAFE.
Just email us to receive the application form and help with the usual administrative hurdles.