If you study at our Portland campus you will benefit from learning at one of the state's premium training facilities.

Take a tour of our facilities

The Portland campus offers a wide variety of innovative training and educational programs that have been implemented to support the needs of the industries and individuals of the local community.

About Portland campus

In August 2010, the Portland campus underwent an impressive $5.2 million upgrade and expansion.

The campus now boasts sophisticated maritime instruments, an automotive workshop, pneumatics and hydraulics mobile training aids, and a simulated kindergarten playground.

Our new facilities and equipment have allowed us to become an integral part of the Portland community and enabled you to learn on-the-job skills using the latest technology.

From the engineering department to the computer classrooms, equipment and software are frequently updated to ensure you develop your knowledge and skills using the latest methods and the most up to date technology available.

The atmosphere at the campus is both friendly and inviting. The teaching and administration staff are easily accessible and are always willing to provide the support and guidance needed to ensure you get the most from your studies.

Campus history

The story of the Portland campus began with the establishment of the Portland Technical College.

Then, following amalgamation in 1987 with Warrnambool and Hamilton Technical Colleges, in 1988 the campus was relocated to the existing site on Hurd Street.

The new facilities included a metals training shed, administration office and general-purpose classroom.

From 1995 - 1999 the facilities were upgraded and expanded to create new classrooms, student amenities, administration offices, computer laboratories, a library, video conferencing facilities, and an electrotechnology laboratory.

Beyond this, the campus has continued to grow. The first decade of the 21st century has seen a number of notable developments including a Computer Numerical Control Technology Centre, the introduction of automotive, building, maritime and plastics training, and a horticultural studies compound.

Our facilities

Our equipment and software is frequently updated, ensuring that you develop your knowledge and skills using the latest methods and the most up to date technology available.

These include:

  • Video conferencing
  • Computer labs with the latest hardware and software
  • Specialist Auto CAD computer lab
  • Specialist automotive, building, engineering and maritime workshops
  • General classrooms General purpose teaching and meeting areas.

Student lounge

The student lounge is a great place for you to catch up and enjoy a break from your studies.
Food preparation areas are available in designated areas. Microwaves, sandwich presses, tea, coffee, milk plus hot water for beverages are provided free of charge. Please keep these areas tidy.


The library service supports teaching and learning at SWTAFE by providing:

  • access to relevant, reliable and up to date resources (both printed and online).
  • facilities to assist teaching, individual study and research, the completion of assignments, and group work (computers, software, printers, photocopiers etc.).
  • training and support in research and referencing skills.

The library service at SWTAFE is provided by the Warrnambool Library and Learning Centre on the Warrnambool campus.

To access SWTAFE library resources see the online resources guide on our website.

Hiring facilities

We offer hundreds of nationally-accredited programs, from short courses to traineeships and apprenticeships in a number of fields including health and community studies, business and IT, maritime, building, along with automotive and engineering.

Because of the range and number of courses we offer, facilities available for external hire are extensive, whether it be a one-on-one video conference or a meeting for up to 70 people we can cater to your requirements.

Meeting your requirements

You may wish to consider adding any of the following items to your room booking:

  • tea and coffee will be arranged at request and catering is available from off-site caterers.
  • equipment hire
  • overhead projectors
  • data projector
  • televisions
  • VCR /DVD players
  • video conferencing equipment
  • campus map

Contact us

Address: 154 Hurd Street, Portland VIC 3305
Phone: (03) 5521 0444
Fax: (03) 5521 0489

Download a campus map