Cairns is the gateway to the stunning World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest, and attracts over two million visitors annually. The laid-back city boasts world-class sporting facilities, a swimming lagoon overlooking the picturesque Trinity Inlet, and a popular esplanade lined with cafes, restaurants and bustling markets. Our Cairns campus is located in the western suburb of Manunda approximately 10 minutes drive from the city centre.
What's on offer at the Cairns campus
Our Cairns campus features student-run training facilities including a hair and beauty salon, restaurant, cafe and coffee shop, as well as a range of support services to help you achieve your personal, educational and employment goals. The campus offers a wide range of study areas including accounting, aged care, automotive, beauty and hairdressing, building and construction, business, child care, civil construction, community services, cookery, electrotechnology, engineering, English language studies, health, horticulture, information technology, music, nursing, sport and fitness, tourism and hospitality, training and assessment, and visual arts.
Facilities and services
- Art galleries - Gallery Y and Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery
- Basketball court
- Child care centre
- Customer service centre
- Cyber security training facility
- Hairdressing and beauty training hub
- Library and learning support centre
- Makerspace - advanced manufacturing creative hub
- Nursing simulation room
- Restaurants, canteen and cafe
- Wi-Fi and video conferencing facilities
- Capstone testing room
- CO2 freezer training rooms
Certificate IV in Justice Studies
Take the next step with this mid-level qualification in justice studies. This course was developed in consultation with the Department of Justice and Attorney General, Australian Federal Police, Queensland Corrective Services, Brisbane City Council, and Australian Border Force to increase employability in justice related fields.
- Protective Services Officer
- Paralegal /Legal Administrator
- Australian Border Force Officer
- Private Investigator
- Local/State Government Investigator
- Government Administrator
- Corrections Officer
- Police Officer (State or Federal)
- Youth Justice roles
Certificate II in Plumbing Services
Kick start your career in plumbing. This entry-level course will set you up with the foundation skills you need to gain a plumbing apprenticeship. On completion of the partial qualification you will be offered the opportunity to transition to an alternative plumbing program to obtain a full qualification.
- Roof Plumbing Apprentice
- Plumbing Apprentice
Diploma of Business / Diploma of Leadership and Management
Establish your career in business and management with this high-level dual diploma and gain the advanced skills and specialised knowledge needed to work at a strategic level.
- Office Administrator
- Business Manager
- Office Manager
- Assistant Manager
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Start your career with this entry-level course that will set you up with the foundation skills you need to succeed as an educator in Early Childhood Education and Care.
- Out of School Hours Care Assistant
- Family Day Care Provider
- Early Childhood Education and Care Assistant
- Early Childhood Education and Care Worker
Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets,
Cairns Qld 4870
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Cairns Qld 4870
If you live nearby, cycling could be another cost effective option to get to class with bike racks available on campus.
We have plenty of free on-site parking available for students at our Cairns campus.
Refrigeration and air-conditioning
The TAFE Queensland Cairns campus features state-of-the-art air-conditioning and refrigeration training facilities. Apprentices can access two CO2 freezer rooms and eight additional cold rooms, all featuring up-to-date industry technology.
The TAFE Queensland Cairns campus features a world-class capstone testing room for electrical apprentice training. The facility has three apprentice fault-finding capstone assessment cubicles and one external contractor fault finder assessment cubicle. Each cubicle has a number of household electrical items installed and the cubicles operate at low voltage, replicating both 240-volt and three-phase power supplies.
Training restaurant and cafe
Tropics is our award-winning training restaurant, giving our hospitality students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a real world environment. The Queenslander Café serves a variety of dishes prepared daily by our apprentice chefs and is served by food and beverage students.
Nursing simulation room
Our learning spaces are more than just classrooms. Our hospital-standard clinical nursing simulation room is equipped with electric beds, vital signs monitors, ECG machines, IV trolleys and responsive simulator mannequins. Prepare yourself for real-world situations and practice on state-of-the-art equipment under the supervision of industry professionals.
Hair and beauty training hub
The salons give you an opportunity to put theory into practice and gain practical skills in a real world environment. Our fully operational hairdressing and beauty salon offers a range of services such as hair styling, cutting, colouring, perming, and chemical straightening. Beauty services include waxing, tinting, manicures, pedicures, spray tanning, makeup application, facials, and massages.
Our purpose-built motorbike workshop at the Cairns campus supports apprentices to gain the technical knowledge and practical skills required to work as motorcycle mechanics.
Music and recording studios
Is this really true? Our newly installed recording studio features state-of-the-art equipment including Pro Tools 12, Avid C24 Control Surface, and Neeve and SSL Preamps. The campus also has two performance and rehearsal spaces where weekly concert practice and monthly open-to-the-public concerts are held. Our graduates regularly achieve national and international recognition with airplay on stations such as Triple J and performances at some of Australia's biggest music festivals.
Cyber Security Training Facility
This state-of-the-art cyber training facility completed in 2023 and allow students to undertake training in introductory and advanced IT security and network courses.
Cultural arts facilities
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is among some of the oldest in the world. Our painting, drawing and printing studios, along with the Banggu Minjaany Art Gallery, supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to visually express their culture and identity.
SchoolTech helped Nikita Fay start an automotive career, an industry where women make up just one per cent of the workforce.
Refrigeration technician Jennah Halley is making her mark in a male-dominated industry. Jennah wants her kids and women to feel empowered to stand out from the crowd and pursue their goals.
If comfort food is your thing, you must try this frijolada recipe which is a popular dish in Colombia.
TAFE Queensland educator, Craig Taylor, achieved a momentous milestone in his career this year, four decades of service to the Australian Government.
Trade careers have united generations in Mark Abika's family and he wants to help the next generation keep the tradition alive.
Jessica is passionate about ensuring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children experience positive learning environments.
TAFE Queensland's Great Barrier Reef International Marine College is set to swell.
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A program at the TAFE Queensland Cairns campus aims to increase the number of First Nations people working in law enforcement.
Sam Ederveen is a passionate carpenter who offers his advice and guidance to anyone considering an apprenticeship.
TAFE Queensland and Cairns Regional Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the region's workforce needs.
It's almost time to graduate! TAFE Queensland is proud of the effort you have put into completing your studies and we can’t wait to help you celebrate.