Studying at the Warrnambool campus offers many advantages. These include our convenient CBD location and state-of-the-art facilities, expert and approachable teaching staff, and an exceptionally high student satisfaction rating of 94 per cent.

Our staff, students, learning programs and facilities have all received the highest industry accolades. We have a strong civic presence and provide a welcoming and accessible learning environment.

At our Warrnambool campus, elegant historic buildings sit alongside striking contemporary structures and are complemented by our environmentally responsible gardens and student leisure spaces.

The recently-constructed Timor Street building boasts multimedia classrooms equipped with the latest design technology and a premium conference and events centre. This building also provides an open and friendly student services and enrolment centre.

Our Warrnambool campus also features a unique range of vocational training facilities including Food Lab and PURE Hair, Beauty & Wellness Academy.

It also 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.

The Warrnambool campus is also home to Meat Training Australia (MTA), delivering specialist training in meat retailing and meat processing. 

Campus history

The Warrnambool campus history dates back to the 1800s when the Mechanics Institute was established.

Following this, the post-World War II boom brought a series of major building projects to the town and in 1958 the newly-established Warrnambool Technical College opened its doors on a small section of the existing site in Warrnambool's CBD.

In 1969 the college was renamed and restructured to become the Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education, offering both TAFE and university courses.

Soon to outgrow this location, all university programs were moved to Sherwood Park and eventually became part of Deakin University. In 1984 the Warrnambool site was renamed as the Warrnambool College of TAFE.

Three years later the Hamilton, Portland and Warrnambool Technical Colleges joined forces to create the South West College of TAFE (now South West TAFE).

Since then the Warrnambool campus has assumed responsibilities for centralised portfolios such as the office of the CEO, business strategy and corporate services.

The Warrnambool campus continues to deliver a full range of training courses and qualifications.

A series of major redevelopments were carried out from 2002 - 2009 and today the Warrnambool campus incorporates the original site plus an adjoining suite of heritage and purpose-built facilities. The campus also boasts state-of-the-art training and conferencing facilities.

Campus Facilities


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.

Pure - Hair, Beauty & Wellness Academy

South West TAFE's Pure - Hair, Beauty and Wellness Academy is an innovative hairdressing and beauty training facility located at our Warrnambool campus. We also offer a range of services to our students and the public. Please phone 03 5564 8848 for a hair, beauty or massage appointment.
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Student hub

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. Local and metropolitan newspapers are also provided with copies available in the café and the library.

Food Lab

Food Lab is a training facility for hospitality students to learn the skills required for the hospitality industry at our Warrnambool Campus. It is open to students, staff and the public on selected dates.


The Warrnambool campus cafeteria is open Monday to Friday. An extensive, healthy and varied menu is available which changes daily. Other campuses have drink and snack machines with food preparation facilities in their Student Lounge for self-catering.

Contact us

Postal address: PO Box 674, Warrnambool VIC 3280
Address: 193/197-205 Timor Street, 
Warrnambool VIC 3280
Phone: (03) 5564 8911
Fax: (03) 5564 8982

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