Pre-Tertiary Education

Tasmania’s education system is highly regarded both within Australia and internationally. For some 40 years, international students have been coming to Tasmania to gain world-class instruction, particularly in the specialty areas of hospitality, Antarctic and Southern Ocean studies, native environment and wilderness studies, aquaculture, agriculture, fisheries and the arts.

Tasmanian children are required to attend school between the ages of 5 and 17 (or until they have completed year 12, or gained a Certificate III vocational qualification) and while the greatest percentage of students attend government schools, they also have the option of attending Catholic or independent schools.

School leavers have a range of options, through academies, polytechnic and university campuses, to attain further qualifications.

University of Tasmania (UTAS)

Established in 1890, the University of Tasmania is Australia’s fourth-oldest university and has a long-standing reputation for excellence in learning, teaching and research. UTAS offers more than 110 undergraduate degrees across traditional and specialised disciplines, as well as a generous scholarship program. The university has campuses in three regions of Tasmania – Hobart, Launceston and the Cradle Coast campus in Burnie.

The University has in excess of 26,000 students, including almost 4,000 international students from over 70 countries. It is particularly strong in research, with more than 1,200 research students and 23 affiliated research institutes or centres of excellence.

Australian Maritime College

In 2008, the Australian Maritime College became part of the University of Tasmania. The AMC is Australia’s national centre for maritime education, training and research and, as such, has educated thousands of marine scientists, engineers and naval architects, now working across the globe. AMC has two main campuses in northern Tasmania, the larger in Launceston and another at Beauty Point. Its new maritime simulations centre is the most sophisticated of its type in the world.


TasTAFE is the state's largest registered vocational education and training organisation. It offers more than 450 courses at certificate, diploma and advanced diploma level.

Trade training and further education is available at colleges located in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, and Burnie. Apprentices from outlying areas normally attend TasTAFE on a "block release" system a number of times each year.

Diploma and advanced diploma graduates can gain one to two years' credit towards Australian university degrees, depending on the specialisation. Credit transfer is aligned to the Australian Qualifications Training Network (AQTF), a nationally agreed pathway. TasTAFE is part of the national TAFE network, delivering training to an internationally recognised standard.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs)

Tasmania has a strong research and development base in science and technology, both in the private and public sector. More and more high-tech, innovative organisations are choosing to conduct their business in Tasmania due to the availability of world-class facilities and technology. These CRCs include the Australian Antarctic Division, the Australian Innovation Research Centre, CRC for Forestry, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research and the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research.