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

  • State-of-the-art maritime training facility
  • Simulated hospital nursing environment
  • Simulated fire-suppression training facility
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) computer labs

  • Simulated business offices
  • Virtual retail operation skills centre
  • North Coast TAFE Jobs Hub
  • ‘Pathways’ - an operational training café open to the public

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Student life

    • We’re proud to support Stay Smart Online Week! This week take some time to learn about simple steps to stay safe online. Head to #SSOW17 #StaySmartOnline

      9 Oct 1 Like
    • A great article from the The Northern Star on Cyber Security Awareness Week and the free professional development evening at TAFE NSW Wollongbar's Nightcap Restaurant on 10 October.

      6 Oct 0 Like
  • FREE Course Certificate I in Business (BSB10115) Tuesday and Friday 17 October to 24 November 9.30 am to 3.00 pm This entry-level qualification allows individuals across a variety of industry sectors to develop basic skills and knowledge to prepare for work. if you would like more information, pop into one of our TAFE campuses and talk to one of our amazing Student Central staff, follow link to our website: -OR- give us a call 1300 628 233

    20 Sep 3 Likes
  • "We are so proud Tammy has been recognised for her hard work”. A fantastic article from the The Northern Star on one of our award winning Ballina TAFE NSW students with the world at her feet.

    14 Sep 6 Likes
  • A huge congratulations to Wollongbar TAFE NSW automotive mechanical student, Liam Muldoon who beat scores of other candidates across the state to be named Vocational Student of the Year at the 2017 NSW Training Awards in Sydney.

    13 Sep 1 Like
  • Check out this great initiative. Go and check out the fantastic work that FSG Australia does.

    31 Aug 5 Likes
    • Lights....Camera...........ACTION!!! Shoot day at Ballina Campus for our Cert III screen and media students.

      24 Aug 3 Likes
    • IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO ENROL Enrolments for Individual Support in Ageing are still open for this semester. If you are interested, please call Alana on 02 6681 8928 for more information.

      25 Jul 2 Likes
  • In a joint partnership between the YWCA and TAFE NSW, we are pleased to invite you to a wonderful opportunity for our local artists to display their fantastic creations such as Natural Plant Dyes, Basket Weaving, Screen Prints and much much more. There will also be opportunities to purchase Artwork. Morning tea and lunch are provided with entertainment from local artists Jarrod Hickling and the Aboriginal Dancers Nini Nahri-Gali Dance Troupe. RSVP's are to be made to Aunty Mim on 0449 901 682

    14 Jul 4 Likes
  • Be ready to work in the photography, video and audio media industry for marketing and promotions, training, news, radio, real estate, construction, action sports, fashion, live music, weddings and corporate events. The Certificate III Media Course CUA31015 at Ballina provides students with the foundation knowledge and skills to utilise a range of tools and techniques to plan, capture, prepare and edit high quality digital media assets using industry standard equipment and software for fast turnaround and upload to cloud streaming services and social media. Are you ready to work? Pop into the Ballina TAFE Student Central at 154 Burnet Street or gives us a call on 1300 628 233 to chat about our study options.

    13 Jul 4 Likes
  • Sustainable House Day competition challenges designers to think locally. The Sustainable House Day Design Competition not only inspires people who want to build sustainably, but is also helping pioneers of new and innovative housing make their mark. Last year Michael Leung entered the professional category and won the People’s Choice Award for SkyFarm, a rural studio he and his family were living in outside Mullumbimby while they planned their future house. After losing Michael’s father-in-law to asbestosis, both he and his wife wanted to build a “healthy, energetically balanced home” made of hemp, recycled timber and other non-toxic materials. As a result of the build, Michael met two builders who would become his business partners and they created the vision for his business Balanced Earth. He said the Sustainable House Day Design Competition and Expo played an important role in helping his new venture get noticed. “I put 200 business cards out and they were gone in half an hour. It was incredible,” he said. “It’s important that our work gets seen by the public because that will bring more awareness to living healthily, as well as sustainably.” The theme for this year’s Sustainable House Day Design Competition, opening on 16 June, is Build it Local. The theme challenges entrants to build an urban structure using materials from our collective backyard in the Northern Rivers region. Event Coordinator Andia Cally said she was excited to see what local designers could create from local and recycled materials. “Most of us are familiar with the concept of food miles where our embodied energy footprint is reduced as a result of growing and transporting food locally, but embodied energy is often overlooked in the building sector,” she explained. “We are a region that is rich in local materials like bamboo, basalt, clay and camphor to name a few, as well as having an abundance of recycled materials.” The competition also encourages entrants to build themselves or use local labour. “Affordability is a huge issue in housing in this region,” Andia said. “We believe this theme addresses environmental and social issues. Building locally will boost the region’s economy and skillset. It will also highlight where the gaps are in terms of skills and materials and open the door for new industries, such as hemp production.” Leung believes that building from our backyard goes hand in hand with creating healthier, more sustainable buildings. “Everyone talks about wanting to be sustainable but we’re all living in houses filled with global products. I like the whole idea of embodied energy because as soon as you add globalisation to the discussion on building materials the embodied energy goes through the roof,” he said. “The key to changing the world is becoming more localised and moving away from global economies.” The Balanced Earth designer plans to create a new ‘sweat currency’ around building with hemp called ‘hemp credit’. “I want to create a local community labour pool where people gift their time and in return eventually people gift time to their projects,” he explained. “Labour is such a huge part of building costs these days. We all think it is materials but the key is the labour. We’re all building houses and things so let’s exchange time and energy.” CEO of event sponsor Summerland Credit Union, Margot Sweeny, said she was thrilled to be part of Sustainable House Day and help promote and support local businesses. “We’re delighted to support this event as it aligns with the values of Summerland Credit Union,” she said. “Summerland actively supports local businesses to assist in strengthening our local region. The more business we generate, the better the entire area will be in managing the ups and downs of business, which quite often are outside our control.” Entries for the 2017 Sustainable House Day Design Competition are open from Friday, 16 June until 1 September. The 2017 Sustainable House Day Expo will be held on Saturday, 16 September at Tweed Seagulls Club, where all entries from the design competition will be displayed. The 2017 Northern Rivers Sustainable House Day Design Competition is a joint project by Lismore City Council, Byron Shire Council, Ballina Shire Council, Tweed Shire Council, Nimbin Neighbourhood & Information Centre, TAFE NSW, Self Seed Sustainability and Dorroughby Environment Educational Centre. Visit for entry details. Image: SkyFarm in Mullumbimby is a unique hemp and reclaimed-timber studio and is a carbon negative home. The studio was built in three months by the team from Balanced Earth. For interviews and more information phone Michael Leung 0415 739 767 or Andia Cally on 0438 825 411. For more photos from Balanced Earth, visit:

    29 Jun 2 Likes
  • Our student advisers are hitting the street this week and have popped up at @Ballina Fair. It has been great meeting so many of our community who are thinking about taking the next step in their career and thinking about studying. If you missed us, we will be at the Ballina Fair until 2:30 pm Saturday 24th June. Alternatively, you can pop into the Ballina TAFE Student Central at 154 Burnet Street or gives us a call on 1300 628 233 to chat about our study options.

    22 Jun 7 Likes

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