Vocational education and training

Vocational education and training (VET) is accredited training in job-related and technical skills.

What’s the difference between VET and TAFE?

Nothing. In the Northern Territory (NT), all VET qualifications are delivered by private institutions and Charles Darwin University. In other places in Australia, government institutions, called technical and further education (TAFE) institutions, deliver VET, as well as private institutions

VET provides international students with qualifications for all types of employment, and specific skills to help them in the workplace.

International education and training providers in the NT are listed below.

Alana Kaye College

Alana Kaye College was founded in 2011 in Australia's Northern Territory and offers nationally recognised qualifications in early childhood education and care, ageing support, community services, and leadership and management. The Darwin campus is located in the Darwin CBD and is accessible by public transport with parking available close to the college campus. 

We welcome students who are interested in creating a new future for themselves, advancing their current skills and knowledge or changing their career path. Our trainers and assessors are dedicated professionals who have current industry experience and qualifications and they are always willing to work closely with students to progress them through their qualifications. Alana Kaye College are very focused on education pathways for students to better prepare them for employment and/or further educational opportunities with industry experts mentoring them through their course of study. 

Contact information

Unit 6/4 Shepherd Street
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: +61 1300 25 26 25

Students outside the front of Alana Kaye College

Australian Careers College

The Australian Careers College Darwin offers certificate and diploma courses for international students in the NT across business, management, accounting, aged care, home and community care and early childhood education and care. 

Contact information

1/48 Woods Street
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: +61 8 8981 9619

Students in class at Australian Careers College

Australian City International College

ACIC operates under the VET Quality Framework. This is a regulated framework administered by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). Our registration details are located on the National Register for VET and our qualifications are recognized under the Australian Qualifications Framework. As a registered training organization delivering courses to international students, ACIC is also required to maintain registration in compliance with the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act 2000) and The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code 2018). We provide vocational training to international students in the areas of Leadership and Management, Business, Early Childhood Education and Care, Ageing Support, Mental Health and Community Services.

We provide well-located and comfortable facilities for students, industry current trainers and assessors along with modern equipment and resources.

Contact information

43 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: +61 2 7809 2811 or +61 401 201 234

Australian Institute of Electro-technology

AUSINET (Australian Institute of Electro-technology) is a Darwin-based specialised training institution for electrical and instrumentation training. From sketching a concept and then building it from scratch, this training will provide you with necessary skills to secure a place in the electrical automation industry. 

Most of the course is focused on practical assignments which will give you the experience to hit the ground running. The assessments are carefully designed by industry experts. This is a technical field which cannot be learnt through books unless you put it into practise. One can't learn to ride a bike by reading books. 

On successful completion you will awarded a technical trade certificate that is highly valued in the industry. Job opportunities include, but not limited to instrument-technicians, electrical and instrumentation technicians or automation technicians in the oil and gas sector, pharmaceuticals, process industry, mining, manufacturing, robotics, OEM and most automation platforms. 

Contact information

11/41 Sadgroves Crescent
Winnellie NT 0820
Phone: +61 8 6244 2575

Student working with equipment

Australian National Institute of Management and Technology

Contact information

37 Gregory Street
Parap NT 0820
Phone: 1800 941 177

BIC English and Australian College of Hospitality and Business Management

Bayside International College (BIC) and the Australian College of Hospitality and Business Management (ACHBM) is a vibrant emerging English language college and vocational college, with spacious facilities located with close proximity to Darwin Waterfront, offering some of the best cafes, bars and restaurants. We are ideally located between the heart of Darwin's CBD and beach. 

Studying at this outstanding college means that there are exciting times ahead for you, with the opportunity to explore places around Darwin. Our academic and support team links you with what's fun, as you develop, with special activities over the week and weekends. 

BIC and ACHBM are a team of highly qualified experienced teachers and friendly, multilingual administrative staff who look forward to welcoming you soon. 

Contact information

c309, 19 Kitchener Drive
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: +61 2 9279 0733

View of Darwin BIC buildings at Darwin Waterfront

Business College at IH

Business College at IH delivers VET courses to prepare future professionals for a fast moving world. We are committed to providing quality training and internationally recognised qualifications, which gives our graduates a true advantage when seeking employment opportunities worldwide. Business College at IH courses are developed with business experts and students' success in mind, providing our graduates with a competitive edge and allowing them greater choice of employment, study and other business opportunities worldwide. 

Business College at IH offers courses in program management, business, leadership and management, marketing and communication, and digital marketing and IT designed for the fast paced world we live in.

Contact information

3 Searcy Street
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: +61 1300 989 819

View of study area at Business College at IH

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a leader in VET in the NT. As the largest VET trainer in the Territory, CDU has many campuses located in Darwin, Palmerston and Alice Springs. To view all location, go to the CDU website.

Awarded the 2017, 2018 and 2019 NT Training Provider of the Year, CDU has 30 years of distance and online education experience. To find out more, go to the CDU e-news.

As a dual-sector university, CDU offers both academic and skills-based education, with pathways to suit everyone. International students can choose from a wide range of courses, including culinary arts, business, information technology, conservation and hospitality. 

Contact information

Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: +61 8 8946 6666

Chef cooking


Darwin City College

Darwin City College is trading through Sydney City College of Management (SCCM) located in the heart of Darwin City. We are a leading CRICOS provider having popular industry courses such as information technology, telecommunication engineering, accounting, leadership management, human resource management and hospitality.

Since 2017, SCCM has been delivering nationally recognised VET to international students with a mission to develop and deliver hands-on learning and research. We provide an effective teaching and learning environment which is designed not only to enhance education standards, but also to create opportunities for a student's career enhancement and enrich lives and societies.

Contact information

L3, 9 Searcy Street
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: +61 8 8900 9683

Students at a lecture in Darwin City College

Fox Education and Consultancy

Fox Education and Consultancy is a locally owned and operated Australian Registered Training Organisation (RTO Code 40674 | CRICOS 03920B).

We provide quality flexible and contemporary education and training in the areas of skills shortages in Australia.

We have industry qualified teachers and provide career pathways in aged care, disability care or home care through to nursing. Our nursing program is accredited with the Australian and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) which ensures successful completion leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery board of Australia (NMBA).

Contact information

Old Nakara Shopping Centre
Nakara NT 0810
Phone: +61 8 8927 5995

Institute of Skills and Training Australia

Institute of Skills and Training Australia (ISTA) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 0381, CRICOS 03929D) with our head office and training facility in the heart of Darwin City, Australia.

ISTA delivers high quality training and caters for various styles of learning. Our training is designed to equip you with industry-current skills and knowledge, while experiencing an interactive and flexible learning delivery style.

Our team is committed to your training experience, providing the support you need to complete your qualification. We strive to be a highly innovative and creative leader in the training and education sector, where your success is our success!

Contact information:

38 Woods Street
Darwin NT 0800
Phone: +61 8 8980 0600
Email: info@skillsandtraining.com.au
Web: skillsandtraining.com.au

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International College of Advanced Education

The International College of Advanced Education offers certificates and diplomas in commercial cookery, bakery, patisserie, hospitality, beauty therapy and business for international students in the NT, with the opportunity to combine study with paid industry placement work.

Contact information

17 Chapman Road
Rapid Creek NT 0810
Phone: +61 8 8941 5959

Lecturer demonstrating cooking to students
Latitude College

Latitude College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO 45880 | CRICOS 04033C) based in the Parap suburb in the city of Darwin. Our campus is easily accessible for students and has free parking nearby.

Our mission is to build confidence through knowledge. We plan to do this by equipping you with real-world experiences that makes you competent, career-driven adults. Latitude only delivers quality education in a supportive and engaging environment which creates opportunities for continued growth, in both your professional and personal life.

Contact information

Address: 117/12 Salonika St, Parap NT 0820
Phone: 08 6166 0698
Email: info@latitude.edu.au
Website: latitude.edu.au

Latitude College logo

Page last updated 3 November 2022