About TAFE NSW Ballina

TAFE NSW Ballina is a warm and welcoming place to study, with a close-knit community of friendly teachers, supportive staff and a large multicultural population of students.

Our innovative campus is home to a state-of-the-art maritime section with simulated training equipment and an operational boat for practical lessons. Here you will find specialised learning environments for nursing, retail and business as well training programs for general education, information technology and welfare.

The Northern Rivers region is brimming with things to do on land and sea, and is renowned for its quality beaches like nearby Byron Bay. The township of Ballina is an expanding regional centre, located at the entrance to the Richmond River in the Bundjalung Aboriginal nation.

If you’re looking to enter the workforce armed with invaluable experience and practical skills, check out the courses available at TAFE NSW Ballina.


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Facilities available at TAFE NSW Ballina

  • Disabled parking
  • Cafe
  • Extensive nursing labs
  • Library
  • State of the art maritime facility
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Student life

    • Want to work in the booming civil construction industry? TEAM Training, TAFE NSW civil construction training partner, will be holding a free civil construction information session at Terranora on Wednesday 5th April from 10:30am. This is your chance to skill up for a job on the Pacific Highway upgrade and help build our future infrastructure. Call 1300 799 251 to register today.

      28 Mar 2 Likes
    • We'll be streaming our Ballina Awards of Excellence live from Student Central tonight from 6:00pm! If you can't make the event in person tune in to our Facebook page as we celebrate our high achieving students.

      27 Mar 3 Likes
  • #Ballina local and Certificate II in Animal Studies graduate, Lindsey Johnston, was recently awarded for her outstanding results and approach to her studies at the Lismore TAFE Awards of Excellence. “When I was a little girl, I think it was in first grade, we had to do writing exercise about what we would like to be when we grow up, I said a vet – I have always wanted to be a vet and I love that I can work towards that at TAFE” “Last year I enrolled in the Certificate II in Animal Studies at TAFE NSW Lismore and I have loved every minute of it. It has been absolutely amazing and honestly the best schooling experience of my life" Well done Lindsey, you are well on your way to fulfilling your dreams and we have no doubt you will make a fabulously caring vet someday.

    27 Mar 11 Likes
  • We are so proud of Reid Wilkie who has recovered from a serious downhill mountain biking accident and landed his dream career at Kyogle Hospital after completing a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing at TAFE NSW Ballina. “Getting back into study, writing assessments and managing the workload was a bit of a shock but we had an amazing class – really supportive group of students, I was so lucky to have such a great group of friends to study with" Reid recommends making the time now to pursue your ambitions, to explore the study and finance options and suggests ‘you don’t have to wait for an injury to make you chase your dreams’. Well done Reid!

    21 Mar 99 Likes
  • It’s never too late to make a change. TAFE NSW can be the bridge between your old career and your new one. Meet three people who did!

    20 Mar 2 Likes
  • At 60 years young, Christine Cooper is one of many outstanding students nominated for recognition at the TAFE NSW Lismore Excellence Awards this Thursday. "I completed my Higher School Certificate in my thirties, then went on to do a Bachelor of Community Education in my forties, and here I am in my sixties graduating from a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, always learning," said Christine. The Early Childhood education and Skills For Work staff congratulate Christine on her fabulous achievement and for securing a role with Kids for Life. Enjoy the new chapter Christine! Via The Northern Star

    8 Mar 3 Likes
    • Here's to all of our wonderful and caring teachers and mentors, and to our fabulous, creative and inspiring students. Celebrate #IWD2017 today and aim high as women continue to break the mould and achieve new heights. Happy International Women's Day!

      8 Mar 1 Like
    • Want to win $500? Nominations close this week for the North Coast Region 2016/17 Student of the Year Awards at midnight, Friday 10 March 2017. Jump online and chat with your teacher.

      6 Mar 2 Likes
  • "It has been utterly inspiring teaching Teliesha; she came into the classroom without a sense of belief in herself, and to see her today - working in a role as a professional communicator is something of a transformation". Robyn Moffitt about her Foundation Skills student, Teliesha White, who is keen to become a role model for other students who struggle learning to read and write. Via The Northern Star

    1 Mar 2 Likes
  • You're never too old for a career change - Jo Hodgkinson has proved that in spades. Jo graduated with a Diploma of Enrolled Nursing from Ballina TAFE at the age of 55, preparing herself to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse and to travel the world with her skills. Congratulations Jo! Image and full story in the Ballina Shire Advocate

    28 Feb 81 Likes
  • Have you been nominated for Student of the Year? Winning these awards is a great accolade to have on your CV for future jobs. Chat to your teacher today about your nomination.

    27 Feb 1 Like
  • Did you complete you studies last year or will you complete them by the end of September this year? You could be eligible for Student of the Year, an opportunity that could take you from campus awards right through to the national stage. Winning these awards is a great accolade to have on your CV for future jobs. Chat to your teacher today about your nomination.

    21 Feb 1 Like

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