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Education Providers in Australia

Education Providers in Australia

Schools in Australia:

Australian schools are among the finest in the world.  School education in Australia includes preschool, preparatory (or
kindergarten), primary school, secondary school (or high school) and senior secondary school (or

Schooling lasts for 13 years, from preparatory to senior secondary. School is compulsory until at least
the age of 16. Types of schools include government schools, non-government schools (including
faith-based schools such as Catholic or Islamic schools) and schools based on educational
philosophies such as Montessori and Steiner. All schools must be registered with the state or territory
education department and are subject to government requirements in terms of infrastructure and
teacher registration.

Australian schools do more than just educate students. They prepare them for life − developing
communication skills, self-discipline and respect for themselves, their peers and their world. Schools
offer a broad curriculum in the key learning areas – English, mathematics, studies of society and the
environment, science, arts, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), technology, health and physical education. They also believe strongly in the benefits of a rounded education – including the
teamwork, self-expression and personal development that happens outside the classroom. In Australia,
students will enjoy a diverse learning environment that is as personally enriching as it is educational,
and develop the skills and qualities needed in a changing world.

Vocational education:

Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) is based on partnership between governments
and industry.
Whether you’re looking to move straight into the workforce, or to take an initial step in your tertiary
education, an Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification can take you where
you want to go. Australia’s VET sector is based on a partnership between governments and industry.
VET qualifications are provided by government institutions, called Technical and Further Education
(TAFE) institutions, as well as private institutions. Australian governments (federal and state) provide
funding, develop policies, and contribute to regulation and quality assurance of the sector. Industry
and employer groups contribute to training policies and priorities, and in developing qualifications
that deliver skills to the workforce.

Listed below are the qualifications and possible career outcomes of Australian VET courses:

Certificate I
Duration – 4 to 6 months
Career outcome – Competent operator

Certificate II
Duration – About 1 year
Career outcome – Advanced operator

Certificate III
Duration – About 1 year
Career outcome – Qualified tradesperson or technician

Certificate IV
Duration – 12 to 18 months
Career outcome – Supervisor

Duration – 18 to 24 months
Career outcome – Para-professional

Advanced Diploma
Duration – 24 to 36 months
Career outcome – Junior manager

Universities and Higher Education:

Australian universities provide international students with choices and opportunities across all study
disciplines.  The qualifications you can attain at a university or higher education institution are shown below.

Associate degree

Duration – Two years
Completed following – Year 12 or equivalent, Certificate III or Certificate IV
Details – The Associate Degree is a short-cycle Degree program that can help with career
development if you’re already working and don't have time to complete a full Bachelor Degree. It can
be a pathway to a Bachelor Degree or prepare you for an Advanced Diploma in specialist industry
training. An Associate Degree will be about the basics or foundations of your field. It will cover the
broad theory and enable you to develop the basic employment-related skills.

Bachelor Degree

Duration – Three to five years (depending on program)
Completed following – Year 12 or equivalent, Certificate III or Certificate IV
Details – A Bachelor Degree is the basic qualification for entry to a field. It will give you a systematic
body of knowledge, the underlying principles and the problem-solving techniques you'll need to work
in the discipline. With deeper content than an Associate Degree, your Bachelor Degree will develop
your skills and knowledge to the point where you can pursue postgraduate studies if you want to.

Bachelor Degree (Honours)

Duration – Four years
Completed following – Bachelor Degree
Details – If you do particularly well in your Bachelor Degree, your institution might grant entry to an
additional year of study to enable you to graduate with honours.

Graduate Certificate

Duration – 6 months
Completed following – Bachelor Degree

Details – Your Graduate Certificate will broaden individual skills you already have from an
the undergraduate program, or develop your knowledge in a new area.

Graduate Diploma

Duration – One year
Completed following – Bachelor Degree
Details – A Graduate Diploma will apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts for you to
undertake professional or highly skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.

Masters Degree (Coursework)

Duration – 1 to 2 years
Completed following – Bachelor Degree (Honours) or Bachelor Degree
Details – A Masters Degree (coursework) involves traditional coursework that will develop your
expertise in your field. A Masters Degree takes either one year after a Bachelor Degree with honours,
or two years after a Bachelor Degree.

Masters Degree (Research)

Duration – Typically 2 years
Completed following – Bachelor Degree (Honours) or Bachelor Degree
Details – A Masters Degree is a course of independent research that will further your postition as an
expert in your chosen field of study.

Doctoral Degree

Duration – Typically 3 to 4 years
Completed following – Masters Degree
Details – The highest award offered by Australian universities, the Doctoral Degree is a research
program, although it can have some coursework. The three components of your Doctoral Degree are:

  • A review of literature, experimentation or other methodical approach to a body of knowledge.
  • An original research project that makes a contribution to understanding and knowledge in
    your field.
  • A substantial, well-ordered thesis that shows a relationship between the research and the field
    of study.

List of Australian Universities:

Australian Capital Territory:

Australian National University –

University of Canberra –

New South Wales

Australian Catholic University –

Charles Sturt University –
Macquarie University –
Southern Cross University –
University of New England –
University of New South Wales –
University of Newcastle –
University of Sydney –
University of Technology, Sydney –
Western Sydney University –
University of Wollongong –

Northern Territory

Charles Darwin University –


Bond University –
CQ University –
Federation University of Australia –
Griffith University –
James Cook University –
Queensland University of Technology –
University of Queensland –
University of Southern Queensland –
University of the Sunshine Coast –\

South Australia

Carnegie Mellon University –
Flinders University –
Torrens University Australia –
University of Adelaide –
University of South Australia –


University of Tasmania –


Deakin University –
Federation University of Australia –
La Trobe University –
Monash University –
RMIT University –
Swinburne University of Technology –
University of Divinity –
University of Melbourne –
Victoria University –

Western Australia

Curtin University –
Edith Cowan University –
Murdoch University –
University of Notre Dame Australia –
University of Western Australia –

Australian university rankings

When it comes to world education rankings, Australia has a strong, proven track record.
When it comes to world university rankings, Australia has a strong, proven track record. Across all global ranking systems, criteria and fields of study, Australia ranks highly for quality of education, student satisfaction, and global reputation.

There are a number of university ranking systems in use around the world, three commonly
used rankings are:

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings

Seven of Australia’s universities feature in the top 100 ranked universities in the world in the latest QS ranking (2020). And if you have a specific study area of interest, there is every chance Australia has you covered, with at least three Australian universities in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technologies, Natural Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine and Social Sciences and Management.

Australia also has 15 universities ranked in the top 100 under  in the latest Times Higher Education ranking results (2019).

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