Central Regional TAFE Strengthens Vocational Education and Training

13 May 2016

Central Regional TAFE is your local State Government provider of vocational education and training across the Mid West, Gascoyne, Goldfields and Wheatbelt regions of Western Australia. 

The college has a solid platform from which to build on its past achievements, enhance and evolve its products and services, and grow its student and client base.

By leveraging off the great strengths of the former Durack Institute of Technology, Goldfields Institute of Technology and CY O’Connor Institute, the merger of these three organisations will create a stronger TAFE presence across a significant part of the state.

Central Regional TAFE has campuses from Northam in the south and Wiluna in the east, to Exmouth in the north. Additional campuses are at Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Merredin and Moora.

The Geraldton campus will be the primary location for the college’s interim Managing Director Bill Swetman. Corporate executive staff will be situated at the major campuses to maintain a strong staff presence at these locations.

“These positions will be part of the TAFE College Corporate Executive, which will provide assistance to the Governing Council and collaborate with industry and communities throughout the region,” Mr Swetman said.

“The college’s new Governing Council will meet in Northam next week to formalise the college’s commitment to expanding training services across the region. The Governing Council will rotate their meetings through each of the college’s campuses to develop a close understanding of the needs of business and communities across the Mid West, Gascoyne, Goldfields and Wheatbelt.

“In addition, the new Executive team has met and established some underpinning principles for growing the TAFE business, and improving training access for people across a dispersed geographic area.”

The TAFE college will be a major contributor to economic development in the region, with more than 400 staff and about 10,000 students studying across a suite of 220 courses. There will be further opportunity to enhance workforce development, with an increase in online and flexible delivery and the growing needs of the Health and Community Services industry.

Central Regional TAFE will continue to be a leader in Maritime studies, Agriculture, Land Management, Mining and Nursing.

Mr Swetman said as the Central Regional TAFE delivery region grew, the college would grow to meet the changing needs of the region.

“Our larger operation will allow us to focus on quality in training and assessment,” he said.

“Through increased collaboration with the other four colleges across the state we will have access to a wide range of support services and shared quality assurance mechanisms.”  

Mr Swetman said Central Regional TAFE would continue to put students, industry partners and strong links with community at the forefront of activities.

“The establishment of Central Regional TAFE is an exciting time for the people of the Mid West, Gascoyne, Goldfields and Wheatbelt,” he said.

“Our new college will be bigger and stronger, and is committed to ensuring we deliver on the training and workforce development needs of our region.

“Through the period of merger we are continuing to deliver high quality programs with skilled, knowledgeable and dedicated staff.”

Mr Swetman said the college was keen to hear from industries and communities who would like to discuss how Central Regional TAFE could better meet their needs for training services.


For further information contact:

Bill Swetman, Managing Director, 9956 2701 or

FT - Full time

PT - Part time

FLX - Flexible

RPL - Recognition of prior learning

ONL - Online

OPL - Open learning

PRE - Preapprenticeship

APP - Apprenticeship

TRN - Traineeship

WPA - Workplace assessment