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.

Other dates to note

Term 1 - 27 January to 1 April 2021
Term 2 - 19 April to 25 June 2021
Term 3 - 12 July to 17 September 2021
Term 4 - 4 October to 17 December 2021

2021 Graduation & Award Ceremony for 2020 Graduands - 17 March 2021

Public holidays:

Labour Day - Mon 8 Mar 2021
Good Friday - Fri 2 Apr 2021
Easter Sunday - Sat 3 Apr 2021
Easter Sunday - Sun 4 Apr 2021
Easter Monday - Mon 5 Apr 2021
ANZAC Day - Sun 25 Apr 2021
May Races - Thu 6 May 2021
Queen's Birthday - Mon 14 Jun 2021
Friday before the AFL Grand Final - Subject to AFL schedule
Melbourne Cup - Tue 2 Nov 2021