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Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE
Established 1996
Type TAFE Institute
Admin. staff 400+ (2007)
Students 16,000
Location Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
Campus Benalla, Seymour, Shepparton and Wangaratta
CEO Mr Paul Culpan

Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, also known as GOTAFE, is a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institute located in the north east region of Victoria, Australia based on the Goulburn and Ovens rivers, and is the largest regional TAFE in Victoria, and a specialist centre for food processing, equine and dairy education.[1]

A wide selection of study options are offered from short courses, apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

National Centre for Dairy Education Australia

In 2005, Dairy Australia and the Institute formed a partnership to create the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA) to enable a single national framework for dairy education and training.[2]

With University of Melbourne announcing the divestment of agricultural vocational education and training in its rural facilities in September 2005, the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE through the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia was able to purchase the campus and facilities at Dookie, Warragul and Werribee.[3] The Institute saw the Werribee campus as particularly important for continuing the linkage between dairy education, dairy research and specialised dairy equipment and expertise located within Dairy Innovation Australia Limited and Food Science Australia.[4]

The National Centre for Dairy Education Australia is based on campuses at Shepparton, Terang, Warragul, and Werribee.

National Centre for Equine Education

The Institute established in 2006 the National Centre for Equine Education to deliver Vocational Education and Training (VET) for the equine industry based at its Tone Rd Campus in Wangaratta focusing on courses in equine breeding, racing and health.[5]

The National Centre for Equine Education has two campuses: Tone Rd, Wangaratta and Warragul]].


The Innoven division of GOTAFE focuses on innovative education programs in Hospitality, Baking, Food processing, Leadership, Logistics, Lean manufacturing, Meat Processing and OHS.

Innoven campuses are at Werribee and Shepparton.


The Institute has four main campuses based in Benalla, Seymour, Shepparton and Wangaratta. Other campuses are located at Terang, Warragul and Werribee.[4]


The Benalla campus is the newest of the Institute's main campuses. In 2004 Lynne Kosky, the Minister for Education, opened the Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre at the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE. Kosky said "This campus facilitates the delivery of approximately 226,000 student contact hours to more than 1100 students each year," The $4.2 million campus was funded jointly by the State Government, Benalla Rural City Council and the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE.[6] Benalla is also the home of GRADA, a regional academy of dramatic art offering courses in Acting, Dance and Production. GRADA: GOTAFE Regional Academy of Dramatic Arts


There are two campuses in Shepparton. The Fryers Street Campus houses the Institute's Administration and a large number of teaching Departments. On the outskirts of Shepparton is the William Orr campus: a 120 hectare property which is the site of the Shepparton Horticulture, Agriculture and Dairy Farming (NCDEA), Agricultural Automotive, Plumbing, and Building and Construction departments.


The Seymour campus was opened in 1998 and offers a variety of courses.


The Docker street campus in Wangaratta offers a broad range of courses from business studies to music with a central area containing a cafeteria, library and student services. The Tone Rd campus on the outskirts of Wangaratta is the home for the National Centre for Equine Education, Animal Sciences, Agriculture and the Horticulture & Viticulture Department.


In October 1996 the Goulburn Valley Institute of TAFE and the Wangaratta Institute of TAFE were combined to form the Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE.

The origins of the Institute are based on the Wangaratta Technical School, which existed from 1928 to 1972 and the Shepparton Technical College which existed from 1953 to 1981. These educational institutions offered a trades and technical focussed secondary education. In 1972 the Wangaratta Technical School became the Wangaratta Technical College, followed by Wangarrata College of TAFE in 1981, and Wangarrata Institute of TAFE in 1995.

The Shepparton Technical College became the Shepparton College of TAFE in 1981, then the Goulburn Valley College of TAFE in 1986, Goulburn Valley Community College in 1992, and Goulburn Valley Institute of TAFE in 1995.[4]


  • May 2007 - The NCDEA won the Danisco Award for the highest scoring Fetta cheese and a Silver award for a Gil-Blue at the Dairy Industry Association of Australia Product Competition[4]
  • 2007 - gold medal was won for “Wyndham Gold”, a washed rind cheese, at South Australia’s Specialty Cheese Show, CheeseFest 07.[4]
  • 2006 - ATMA Marketer/Business Developer of the Year Award at the Australian TAFE Marketing Association (ATMA)

External links

  • Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE website
  • National Centre for Equine Education website
  • National Centre for Dairy Education Australia website
  • Innoven website
  • GOTAFE Library


  1. ^ Libby Price, Future of Longerenong, Glenormiston and MacMillan facilities unclear, ABC Rural Victoria, 30 August 2005. Accessed 8 September 2008
  2. ^ Danielle Le Grand, Centre role on studies, Weekly Times, 26 October 2005. Accessed 8 September 2008
  3. ^ Fiona Davis, TAFE providors named in ag course turnaround, Stock and Land, 2 September 2005. Accessed 8 September 2008
  4. ^ a b c d e GOTAFE Annual Report 2007, [1], Accessed 8 September 2008
  5. ^ Andrew Garvey, Studmaster turns to teaching, The Age, 2 June 2006. Accessed 8 September 2008
  6. ^ Media Release, Minister for Education Kosky opens $4.2 Millon Benalla Performing Arts Centre, Lynne Kosky, Victorian Government, 12 November 2004. Accessed 8 September 2008
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