Sustainability at TAFE NSW


TAFE NSW, Illawarra’s Environmental Policy is committed to establishing, promoting and maintaining a culture of environmental responsibility, both within the Illawarra and in the wider community. We recognise our responsibility to conduct its activities in an environmentally and socially responsible manner and to provide a quality environment in which to work and study.

Interested in sustainable courses?

TAFE NSW delivers commercial short courses to ensure local businesses gain the knowledge, experience and know-how to address environmental impacts and reduce their carbon footprints.

They include:

  • Environmental Sustainabilty Awareness
  • Environmental Auditing based on ISO 14000 Standard
  • Building Information Modelling (BiM)
  • Sustainability in Children Services

If you are after a course that is heavily focused on sustainability, check out the below courses via the TAFE NSW, Illawarra course search tool:

  • Conservation and Land Management (Certificate IV and Diploma)
  • Environmental Monitoring and Technology (Certificate IV and Diploma)

TAFE NSW sustainability in practice

TAFE NSW continues to achieve recognition in environmental sustainability.

  • Finalist in the 2015 Green Gown Awards in two categories
  • Highly commended in the Illawarra Business Chamber Excellence in Sustainability award
  • Finalists in the National Banksia Awards Indigenous category for the Moyengully Enterprise.
  • We are a Gold partner in the Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainable Advantage program

TAFE NSW, Illawarra is implementing its Environmental Sustainability Plan 2012-2015 (1.8MB) which has objective and targets that cover: environmental management, education for sustainability (green skills), energy and emissions, water, waste and recycling, biodiversity and grounds, transport, buildings, purchasing and consumption.

Achievements in the past few years include:

  • A 22 per cent decrease in electricity consumption since 2007, achieved mostly through major lighting retrofits and a staff 'Switch Off' awareness campaign.
  • An increase in diversion of waste from landfill due to an organics (food scraps) recycling program initiated at TAFE NSW Wollongong for commercial cookery and the ITSA canteen.
  • A sustainable new building has been constructed at TAFE NSW Yallah. This Transformational Technical Training (TTT) building was built in partnership with the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC).
  • TAFE NSW has partnered with the University of Wollongong to win the International Solar Decathlon Challenge. Our students and staff were involved in drafting and construction of an 'energy neutral' house and were involved in the on-site construction and judging in China in August 2013.

TAFE NSW, Illawarra's first Environmental Sustainability Report 2011 documents the achievements made against the original targets within the Environmental Sustainability Plan 2008-2010. The latest Environmental Sustainability Report 2014 reports the organisation’s performance against the targets and strategies of the Environmental Sustainability Plan 2012-2015. In addition to this, TAFE NSW, Illawarra also complies with the NSW Government’s Resource Efficiency Policy (GREP) and the first GREP agency report is available here.

TAFE NSW, Illawarra has prepared and finalised a Pesticide Use Notification Plan (PUNP) in accordance with the Pesticides Regulations 2009. The PUNP, describes where TAFE NSW, Illawarra intends to use pesticides on its 14 campuses and the steps to be taken to notify the community before applying pesticides to outdoor areas.

Contact us

Darren O'Connell, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator

Ph. 02 4295 2229