Gippsland is a country region to the east of Melbourne. It provides a safe, relaxed and caring environment where students can begin their pathway studies to further education in Australia.

Gippsland Education Precinct in Churchill

The Gippsland Education Precinct is in the Federation University Gippsland Campus in the town of Churchill on around 63 hectares of landscaped grounds.

In the precinct, Federation University, Kurnai College (secondary education) and Apprenticeship Group Australia offer education and training. You can study art and design, business and commerce, nursing, sports and events. The universities and colleges in the precinct offer facilities and include medical and science laboratories, art studios and gallery, a cafe, bookshop and student lounge.

TAFE Gippsland

TAFE Gippsland has campuses in a number of regional locations around Gippsland. They offer specialist training in areas such as forestry and fishing as well as more general training.

TAFE Gippsland provides extensive training across nine regional campuses and has a growing online presence.

Study with TAFE Gippsland offers pathways from vocational training to undergraduate courses.

Read more on the campuses page of the TAFE Gippsland website.

International student support

The universities and colleges at Churchill offer support for international students, including accommodation and access to health services as well as day trips and social events.

Getting to Churchill or Bairnsdale

Regular bus and train services link Melbourne and the university campuses and colleges in Gippsland.

Travel by train and connecting bus services from Southern Cross Station and Flinders Street Station in Melbourne. A bus service with a timetable designed to meet incoming trains from Melbourne.

Find timetables and journey information on the Train and coach timetables page on the Vline website.

Find out more about how to get to the Federation University campus on the Getting there page on the Federation University website.

Latrobe Valley Bus Lines provides bus services between towns and railway stations in this part of Victoria. Find out more on the Latrobe Valley Bus Lines website.

Study Melbourne course finder

The Study Melbourne course finder lets you search for courses, scholarships and places to study.

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Use the Study Melbourne provider finder to search for a university, college or school, or click here to search for a course.

The natural beauty of Gippsland

Gippsland produces much of Victoria's energy resources, fruit and vegetables, fine beef, milk and cheeses. Beautiful national parks and forests make the area an inviting study destination. Lakes and the coast are not far away for healthy sporting options such as swimming, surfing, walking and fishing.

Gippsland is well known for natural attractions including beaches and lakes, alpine forest and rolling hills. The area produces free-range meat, cheese, seafood and other produce.

  • The fishing port of Lakes Entrance is less than an hour from Bairnsdale and features easy access to Victoria's famous, pristine ninety mile beach.
  • Mt Baw Baw located two hours drive from Churchill is one of the many ski fields in Gippsland offering snowboarding, downhill or cross-country skiing and more all in a village atmosphere. The ski field has a variety of graded ski runs in a sheltered, scenic landscape.