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 is a national network of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) professionals. Its main focus is on promoting partnerships with all vocational education and training (VET) stakeholders, providing a forum for exchange of views in relation to VET and promoting 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 2016 conference was hosted in Adelaide between the 12th and 15th October.
The 2017 National Conference will be hosted by the Qld Chapter of AUSTAFE around October 2017 at a venue yet to be decided.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
For direct information please e-mail Helen Leeson at Helen.Leeson@tafe.qld.edu.au