The Gippsland Education Precinct will provide an integrated, post-compulsory learning environment that enables all learners to achieve their full potential.


The Gippsland Education Precinct Inc (GEP) is the first education and training partnership in Australia in which the three main education sectors, an employment and industry organisation and local government are all represented. The partnership brings together four major education providers in the Latrobe Valley: Federation University Australia, Central Gippsland Institute of TAFE (GippsTAFE), Apprenticeships Group Australia (AGA), Kurnai College (GEP Campus) and Latrobe City. The partnership was registered as incorporated body in September 2003 and the facility opened in 2006.

The aim of the partnership is to improve access and equity in educational and employment outcomes for all learners, particularly in the Gippsland region. The GEP strives to achieve this through integrated learning pathways, a focus on the needs of individual learners, community engagement, close collaboration between the GEP partners and strong partnerships with business, industry and all levels of government.

The GEP is located in purpose-built facilities in the heart of the Gippsland Campus of Federation University Australia. The GEP partners have other facilities and dedicated resources within the Gippsland region at Churchill, Morwell, Sale, Bairnsdale, Warragul, Korumburra, Leongatha and Newborough. The partners are also located in other parts of the State including metropolitan Melbourne, as well as national and international locations.

The GEP facilities can service directly up to 700 students (yrs 11 and 12) , VET in Schools Programs, apprenticeship employment and training, New Apprenticeships Centre Services, TAFE programs and links to higher education through Federation University Australia at Churchill.


The following principles provide a clear foundation that influence and underpin the activities of the GEP:

  • student choice and pathway opportunities
  • learner aspiration and achievement
  • community engagement and regional development
  • partnership and collaboration
  • sustainable social, economic and environmental development in the region


Activities for the Gippsland Education Precinct in the next three years will be designed to achieve four key objectives:


1. PARTICIPATION – raising aspirations through community engagement

To achieve this objective the GEP will

  • establish a collaborative initiative with The Smith Family to increase equity and access and decrease education disadvantage across Gippsland
  • establish the Churchill-GEP Art and Culture Trail with a focus on education through art, indigenous culture and local history



2. PARTNERSHIPS – supporting sustainable regional development

To achieve this objective the GEP will

  • establish the Regional Industry Skills Alliance in Gippsland to focus on collaborative industry training that incorporates ‘green’ skills
  • initiate collaborative projects across Gippsland to enhance teaching and learning through the use of innovative information technologies
  • contribute to TAFE/University collaboration on health care education.



3. PROCESS – optimising outcomes through effective cooperation

To achieve this objective the GEP will

  • collaborate to maximise learning potential and opportunity through
    • - shared facilities
    • - shared teaching delivery
    • - innovative interactive learning technologies
    • - shared work placements
    • - collaborative curriculum design
    • - staff development
    • - joint research projects
  • collaborate to optimise promotion and information sharing
  • establish a sustainable business and financial model for the GEP
  • cooperate to optimise effective management and governance