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North Metropolitan TAFE acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

Transforming lives; strengthening industry and communities

North Metropolitan TAFE offers over 350 courses to 30,000 students across ten campuses in the greater north and north eastern metropolitan regions of Perth.

Working closely with industry and employers, North Metropolitan TAFE uses its knowledge and understanding of changing business models and contemporary training techniques to provide solutions to meet the current and future skill requirements of individuals, enterprise and the community.

Situated in the heart of Northbridge’s vibrant Cultural Precinct, North Metropolitan TAFE’s sophisticated approach to training in visual art, design and media, makes it Perth’s premier provider of arts education.

We are proud to be a member of the Joondalup Learning Precinct (JLP) and share workforce capability opportunities with the City of Joondalup, ECU and the WA Police Academy.

With some of the world’s largest engineering, mining and construction companies located in WA, North Metropolitan TAFE works closely with key partners such as Pilbara Minerals, Roy Hill and Anglo Ashanti Gold Australia to provide customised training for their workforce.

We are also committed to the development and delivery of targeted skill sets and qualifications to support future jobs in mining, automation, virtual and augmented reality, robotics and cyber security.

North Metropolitan TAFE has strong links with industry and service providers across WA to ensure that the need for skilled workers in the health, aged care and disability sectors is met.

Our hospitality students and staff win numerous awards at state, national and global events including the Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat Competition and the Australian Culinary Federation’s Apprentice of the Year Awards.

Our mission and values

Our mission is to nurture participation, productivity and aspirations for our learners, our industry and our community. We are driven by our vision of transforming lives; strengthening industry and community. This is a passion we all share.
Our values reflect our determination to ensure best practice and leadership across VET in pursuit of our vision to transform lives; strengthen industry and community.

Our history

North Metropolitan TAFE has more than a century-long history, starting life as Western Australia’s first post-secondary education provider, Perth Technical College, in 1900.

Perth Technical College eventually became Central Institute of Technology. Central and West Coast Institute came together to form North Metropolitan TAFE in 2016. Polytechnic West campuses, Balga and Midland, joined us in early 2017.

Our location and facilities

Our governance

The role of the Governing Council is to ensure that clear management, effective decision making and governance frameworks are in place and functioning for North Metropolitan TAFE.

The Governing Council is accountable to the Minister and Western Australian community for the performance of North Metropolitan TAFE.

Each Council member has been selected for their experience and expertise in education, training, industry or community affairs, and for their ability to contribute to the strategic direction of North Metropolitan TAFE.

Members are appointed for a three year term, and at the end of their term are eligible for re-appointment.

Any queries regarding NMT’s Governing Council should be directed to:
Ms Yonna Sunderland​

Bill is Emeritus Professor of Education at the University of Western Australia where he was Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Education.

He has served as chair and board member of state and national statutory authorities responsible for curriculum, assessment and professional standards and led many government reviews and inquiries.

Cheryl is currently the WA State Director of Microsoft and has experience in several fields including Executive Leadership, Executive Management, Management Consulting, Business Development and Strategy.

She has previously held Senior Management and leadership positions with other National and Multinational ICT companies and has worked with Start-ups, SME’s and has owned and operated her own IT and Management Consulting business. 

She is an experienced board director and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Cheryl holds multiple board positions and has held several advisory positions with the Australian and WA Government, and across the IT Industry. 

Cheryl is passionate about lifelong learning and ensuring a rich culture of Diversity and Inclusion.

Arshad is the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Edith Cowan University.

Arshad has extensive experience in tertiary education and holds Bachelor of Architecture and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Western Australia.


Graham is a barrister at Albert Wolff Chambers. He is the former Deputy Chair of the Moerlina School Council and Honorary Consul-General for Bangladesh.

Graham was the chair of West Coast Institute before the formation of North Metropolitan TAFE.

Mara is presently a coordinator, Kulungu Aboriginal Research Development Unit with the Telethon Kids Institute.

She has extensive knowledge of education and training for Aboriginal people having worked in this area in the resources and government sectors.

Mara is the chairperson of the Aboriginal Employment, Education and Training Committee for North Metropolitan TAFE.

Dianne has had an extensive career in health and community services.

She is presently building capacity and reform in primary care working for the WA Primary Care Alliance.

Previous positions include the Chief Health Professions Officer, clinical planning and reform involving strategic planning for the future health workforce for the WA Department of Health. 

Dianne is a recognised leader and manager with a background in social work and community sector governance.

Craig is the General Manager Industry Capability Solutions at nbn co Australia.

His professional career spans the academic, biotechnology and telecommunications industries and he has extensive experience in Strategy, Transformation, Innovation and Governance.

Craig holds a PhD from the University of Western Australian and an MBA from Melbourne Business School and is also serving as a current board member of Holy Rosary Primary School, Doubleview.

Amy has been Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts since April 2006.

As a dynamic leader, Amy has brought vision and vitality to a number of arts organisations across Australia. She has previously held positions as: Director of the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Curator of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria; Curator of the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, Kalgoorlie- Boulder; and Manager of the British Pavilion at the 1995 Venice Biennale.

Amy has been President of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia, a board member of the Murdoch University Art Collection and Edith Cowan University’s CREATEC, Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications, and an elected board member of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA since 2014.

Adam is presently the General Manager, Group Accounting of Wesfarmers Limited and is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Adam has previously held senior roles within the Office of the Auditor General of Western Australia and Deloitte.

Adam has been a member of the North Metropolitan TAFE's Finance and Audit Committee since its inauguration and prior to that was a member of Central TAFE's Finance and Risk Management Committee.

David has extensive C-Level experience in a range of industries including finance, aged care, mining and local government.  David is currently the Managing Director with the management consulting firm The Strategy Guild.  

David is currently on the Board of Relationships Australia (WA) and was Chair on the Governing Council with the Goldfields Institute of Technology, and Deputy Chair with Central Regional TAFE.  David has also held the positions of Deputy Chair with Regional Development Australia Goldfields-Esperance, President of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Board Member with Skadada, a performing arts company.

David is a Fellow with CPA Australia, has an Executive MBA from UWA, and an Advanced Diploma of Metalliferous Mining.

Michelle is an ex-officio member of the Governing Council by virtue of her position as Managing Director of North Metropolitan TAFE.

Over the last 20 years Michelle has held a number of senior roles in the vocational education and training sector.

Michelle has worked with diverse client groups in regional and metropolitan Western Australia, collaborating across government and the private sector to maximise training opportunities and outcomes.

Public Interest Disclosures

In accordance with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 2003 (PID Act), North Metropolitan TAFE is committed to ensuring that matters of public interest can be disclosed and assessed in an appropriate manner, whilst affording protection for those making such disclosures.

Should you wish to make a disclosure about a matter that is in the public interest, as defined by the PID Act, please email us at or contact one of the following designated PID Officers:

  • Director Human Resources, 9427 1671
  • Othmar Beerli, Director Finance (CFO), 9233 1017
  • Sue Egerton, Director  Residential Construction & Trades, 0408 011 823
  • Kerry Perkins, Client Services Team Leader, 9374 6519
  • Dee Dudley, Manager eLearning, 9427 1844

For more information, please refer to the NMTAFE PID Policy (497 KB) (PDF document) or the Public Sector Commission's PID webpage(opens in a new tab) .

Policies and important documents

Follow this link to our various policies and other important documents.