The 'TAFE Queensland Act 2013' legislation established TAFE Queensland as an independent statutory body from 1 July 2013,
The 'TAFE Queensland Act 2013 No. 27' provided for the establishment of TAFE Queensland and for other matters relating to vocational education, training and further education provided in the State. This Act specifically allowed for the future creation of amalgamated TAFE institutes, the formation of a commercially-focused board, and the appointment of a chief executive officer.
TAFE institutes were already in existence, established under the 'Vocational Education, Training and Employment Act 2000 Act'. In response to developments within the federal government's 'education revolution' and with other stakeholders, the Technical and Further Education system in Queensland continued to roll out TAFE statutory authorities - actioned through the TAFE Queensland Governance Model.
TAFE Queensland is the largest provider of vocational education and training in Queensland through its network of institutes. TAFE Queensland supports the development of a highly skilled and flexible workforce to ensure Queensland's continuing growth and prosperity. A fundamental purpose is to achieve greater national consistency in the way providers are registered and monitored and in how standards in the VET sector are enforced. Partnering with industry to develop and deliver high-quality programs is another hallmark of its functioning.
The 'TAFE Queensland (Dual Sector Entities) Amendment Act 2014' provided a further framework - dual sector entities in Queensland - these provide both higher education and vocational education and training (VET). For instance one of the objectives of this Act was to legislate that one appointed member of the Central Queensland University Council must be a person with knowledge and experience of VET.
Overall the authority functions to develop skills and employment opportunities for individuals meeting employer, industry and community demands. As at 30 June 2014, TAFE Queensland operated statewide training centres managed through six regions including Brisbane, Gold Coast, SkillsTech, East Coast, South West and North. Access for TAFE Queensland students includes nationally-recognised qualifications and lifestyle-enhancement courses - regardless of the student's geographical location or lifestyle commitments - through a variety of delivery methods, including online learning. TAFE Open Learning is the brand for off-campus or distance delivery. Six TAFE Queensland institutes - known as TAFE Open Learning educational partners - provide course materials, teaching and learning services. TAFE Open Learning enables potential students to access a single point of contact for information and enrolment into these study programs.
Under the Department's Director General is the Deputy Director General for Training and Employment to whom report the various Queensland government offices responsible for guiding TAFE policies and management.