AUSTAFE was established in 1990 following a decision by the predecessor organisation, the Australian Association of TAFE Principals to broaden the membership base. The AATP began operations in 1980.
AUSTAFE is a professional association with a commitment to promoting excellence in Vocational Education and Training (VET) and to developing leaders within TAFE.
AUSTAFE offers professional support, but not industrial advocacy, for its members.
AUSTAFE, a National association, serves it's members needs through a range of activities and services organised either by the National Executive or through it's state chapters. State chapters are incorporated in Queensland and NSW.
ANNUAL AUSTAFE NATIONAL CONFERENCE
AUSTAFE, as the premier national network of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) professionals focusses on promoting partnerships with all vocational education and training (VET) stakeholders. AUSTAFE provides a forum for exchange of views in relation to VET and promotes professional development opportunities for its members.
The major professional development activity for AUSTAFE Chapters and Branches across Australia is the annual National Conference.
The National Conference is hosted on a rotational basis by State and Territory AUSTAFE Chapters or Branches and aims to bring together members, affiliates and interested parties to network and discuss the latest trends, activities, policies and reforms within the Australian Vocational sector.
The Annual National Conference brings together TAFE, private sector, university, school and government stakeholders involved in VET training from entry level programs through to post-graduate Degree programs.
The 2015 AUSTAFE NATIONAL CONFERENCE is being considered for hosting in either Adelaide or Canberra. More information will be added as it comes through.