Your first four weeks of TAFE life can be fun but also a bit overwhelming. Here are our tips to make adjusting to life at SWTAFE a little easier for you.

Week 1 - Activate
During your first week of classes it's a good idea to:

  • ensure your access to SWTAFE IT services is working correctly
  • keep up-to-date with the academic calendar
  • buy your textbooks
  • Familiarise yourself with your department and classrooms
  • visit the library, student hub and student services.

Week 2 - Explore

Start exploring what else is on offer and check out:

  • your campus and the local area, shops and cafes
  • language and learning support resources
  • services for current students

It's also good to start introducing yourself to other students in your class now that you'll be feeling a bit more settled.

Week 3 - Immerse

You may be feeling more at home but still adjusting and finding a balance between study, work and play. Check out:

  • events and campus life activities, such as volunteering or leadership opportunities
  • clubs and societies
  • counselling services
  • wellbeing services

Week 4 - Check in

By now you should be progressing with your studies and have an idea whether you are happy with your chosen course. 

If you want to change your subjects, defer or withdraw, you must do so by the census date. This is the last chance to change your enrolment without financial penalty.

Niall and student sitting in TAFE garden

Other dates to note

Term 1 - 31 January to 8 April 2022
Term 2 - 26 April to 24 June 2022
Term 3 - 11 July to 16 September 2022
Term 4 - 3 October to 20 December 2022

2022 Graduation & Award Ceremony for 2021 Graduands - 17 March 2022

Public holidays:

Labour Day - Mon 14 Mar 2022
Good Friday - Fri 15 Apr 2022
Easter Sunday - Sat 16 Apr 2022
Easter Sunday - Sun 17 Apr 2022
Easter Monday - Mon 18 Apr 2022
ANZAC Day - Mon 25 April 2022
May Races (Warrnambool) - Thu 5 May 2022
Queen's Birthday - Mon 13 Jun 2022
Friday before the AFL Grand Final - Fri 23 Sept 2022
Melbourne Cup (Portland, Hamilton and Colac) - Tue 1 Nov 2022

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