Welcome to Pacific Training Group, where we’re bringing a fresh approach to vocational education and training in the areas of leadership and management, travel and tourism, event management and hospitality.
Working in cooperation with a network of significant industry partners, Pacific Training Group offers a unique blend of classroom-based training, online learning and industry emersion. Graduate with extensive industry skills, a network of employment contacts and a qualification that is recognised in Australia and beyond.
Choose to study in the business capital of Sydney or the tourist hub of the Gold Coast, or both! Whichever you choose, you’ll enjoy state-of-the-art training facilities, award-winning trainers and mentors, and an ultra-cool vibe. Pacific Training Group helps to facilitate student visas for international students.
The perfect place to train for your future career whilst enjoying everything that Australia has to offer.
The Pacific Training Group Difference
Train in class, online and in the workplace
Unique to Paciﬁc Training Group, all hospitality courses feature a 20-week work placement where you’ll undertake hands-on, on-the-job training. Your chance to gain valuable work experience, make industry connections and put into practice what you’ve learnt in the classroom.
Train on-site at real-life events
Pacific Training Group courses are structured around the planning and staging of real-life events. As a student, you’ll be actively involved in a range of major events around the city, as well as boutique events conducted by PTG itself.
Leadership and Management
An exclusive suite of programmes from 1 – 4 years duration
Be trained and mentored by some of Australia’s best business minds, benefit from the very latest in teaching methodology and technology and study alongside students from an amazing mix of countries.
Travel and Tourism
Earn an internationally-recognised AFTA qualification
One of the few training providers to be accredited and endorsed by AFTA, Australia’s peak travel body, Pacific Training Group is at the forefront of travel training in Australia and the best choice if you’re serious about a career in travel and tourism.
Welcome to Pacific Training Group’s head office, national admissions centre and campus headquarters. We’ve made our home in the upmarket precinct of Wynyard in Sydney’s CBD. Nestled amongst Sydney’s most popular landmarks and attractions and offering all the conveniences you’d expect in a world-class city, this is the perfect location for learning.
Sydney is Australia’s largest city with a population of approximately 5 million people. It’s home to beautiful beaches, iconic buildings, historic landmarks and vibrant culture. From the breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour to the serene tranquillity of Hyde Park, Sydney has something for everyone.
Sydney is a great place to study. It has one largest international student populations in the world and consistently tops student lifestyle surveys, ranked as the fourth most popular city in the world amongst international students in the 2015 QS Best Student Cities index.
Sydney enjoys a temperate climate with a mild winter and has an average of 104 sunny, cloud-free days a year.
Sydney’s public transport system features a comprehensive network of train, bus and ferry services. Light rail lines, airport links, sightseeing buses and taxi services complement the network.
Shopping and business hours
Most major shops and department stores are open 7 days a week. Late night shopping takes place on Thursday evenings, with many stores open until 9 pm.
Banks and post offices are open Monday to Friday. Some post offices open on Saturday mornings.
Gold Coast Campus
Serious about a career in tourism, hospitality or event management? Train in the heart of the action at Pacific Training Group, Gold Coast. Recognised as the undisputed tourist capital of Australia and host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast offers you a world of workplace training and employment opportunities.
Located in the famous beachside suburb and tourist hub of Surfers Paradise, Pacific Training Group offers you an idyllic study location and access to local industry employers including hotels and resorts, tourist, entertainment and sporting venues and more.
Glorious Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is recognised as the undisputed tourist capital of Australia. While over 600,000 locals enjoy the lifestyle the area offers (making it Australia’s sixth largest city), 12 million visitors a year also arrive to find a remarkable place for a holiday.
The Gold Coast boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, 70kms of clean, sandy beaches, world-class entertainment and recreation, and buzzing nightlife. And for nature lovers, the Gold Coast hinterland has over 100,00 hectares of World Heritage rainforest and unique Australian wildlife, offering a world of adventure.
With its sub-tropical climate, lower cost of living and tourism-based employment industry, you’ll love living, studying and working on the beautiful Gold Coast.
Summer (December – February)
- During summer the average temperature is a pleasant 21 – 28.4°C (69.8 – 83.1°F). February is the wettest month (receiving 184mm/7.2” on average), and short, tropical storms are common in the late afternoon and early evening. During summer humidity is high, roughly 69 – 75%, but this is offset by cool sea breezes.
Autumn (March - May)
- In Autumn sunny days are followed by cooler nights with average temperatures between 18 – 25.7°C (64.4 – 78.2°F). Water temperatures are still high enough to swim (25.2°C / 77.3°F) and it is generally less rainy than the summer months.
Winter (June – August)
- Winter on the Gold Coast is generally sunny and dry with average temperatures between 12.5 – 21.5°C (54.5 – 70.7°F). Clear skies and dry air average cool nights.
Spring (September – November)
- Sunny days are followed by mild tropical evenings and average temperatures range from 16.9 – 25.4°C (62.4 – 77.7°F). Days are dry but can be windy, especially during September.
- With its flat terrain and warm climate, the Gold Coast is the perfect place to get around on bike. Utilise more than 800kms of bike paths and keep safe.
- The Gold Coast has a range of public transport options including trains, buses and light rail that all operate as part of the TransLink network. You’ll need to pre-purchase a go card for travel.
Australia, The Lucky Country
Australia is known globally as being one of the world’s most diverse and welcoming countries, and it is something for which we take great pride. In fact, of Australia’s 23 million population, almost half (47%) of all Australians were either born overseas or have one parent born overseas. We also know a thing or two about languages, with more than 260 languages spoken in Australian homes: in addition to English, the most common are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese and Greek. Australia’s diversity and friendly attitude is matched by its economic stability. To date, Australia has experienced more than 20 years of continued economic growth, weathering the 2008 global financial crisis better than most advanced economies. And we are as competitive on the global economic stage as we are in the world’s sporting arenas! Not surprising, with more than 120 certified sports organisations around the country, covering popular activities such as AFL, cricket, football (soccer), rugby league, golf, tennis, netball and hockey to name just a few. You may not know but Australia is the biggest island in the world, the sixth-biggest country in the world in land area, and the only nation to govern an entire continent. Within our expansive country, there are more than 500 national parks and more than 2,700 conservation areas, ranging from wildlife sanctuaries to Aboriginal reserves. There are also seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites – more than any other country – including the Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park, Lord Howe Island Group, Tasmanian Wilderness, Fraser Island and the Sydney Opera House. But many people around the world know Australia for being a beautiful country. We also have world-class infrastructure, with five of the top 40 cities with the best infrastructure in the world. We also have a reputation for building ‘big’ things – over 150 in fact from the Big Banana in New South Wales, to the Big Koala in Victoria, the Big Mango in Queensland, and the Big Ram in Western Australia. It’s worth a trip to see them all! With all these wonderful attributes around Australia, we have good reason to be happy. So much so, we were recently ranked as the fourth happiest country in the world behind only Norway, Denmark and Sweden. Why wouldn’t you want to experience the best Australia has to offer?
Australia’s Education System
By studying in Australia, you will receive a qualification that’s recognised and sought after around the world. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) allows students to easily move through the education system here and provides an easy way for countries around the world to recognise your qualification, and issue the comparable qualifications for local use. The Australian education system provides primary, secondary and tertiary education.
School education (Primary and Secondary)
School education is similar across all of Australia with only minor variations between states and territories. School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). School education is 13 years and divided into:
- Primary school – Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7.
- Secondary school – Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10.
- Senior secondary school – Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.
Tertiary education includes both higher education (including universities) and vocational education and training (VET).
Language of instruction
English is the official language of Australia and the main language of instruction in the education system. Many schools offer bilingual programmes or programmes in other languages.
Australian Qualifications Framework
The Australian education system is distinguished from many other countries by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). ) The AQF was established in 1995 and is a national policy that covers qualifications from the tertiary education sector (higher education and vocational education and training) in addition to the school-leaving certificate; the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education. The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system. This allows you to move easily from one level of study to the next, and from one institution to another, as long as you satisfy student visa requirements. It allows for choice and flexibility in career planning. All qualifications in the AQF help prepare you for both further study and your working life. If you are studying an AQF qualification, you can be sure that your institution is Government-authorised and nationally accredited, and that your degree or other AQF qualification will be genuine. Australian institutions are linked across the country and across the world, which makes it easy to move throughout the education system between courses or institutions and formal agreement and recognition frameworks mean every step of the path will contribute to your future no matter what your study or career goals.
Living Costs In Australia
Here are some of the costs associated with living in Australia. All costs are in Australian dollars and linked to the consumer price index.
- Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
- Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week
- Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
- Rental – $165 to $440 per week
Other living expenses
- Groceries and eating out – $80 to $280 per week
- Gas, electricity – $35 to $140 per week
- Phone and Internet – $20 to $55 per week
- Public transport – $15 to $55 per week
- Car (after purchase) – $150 to $260 per week
- Entertainment – $80 to $150 per week
The minimum cost of living
The Department of Home affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016, the 12-month living cost is:
- You – $19,830
- Partner or spouse – $6,940
- Child – $2,970
Please note that any school-aged dependants accompanying a student to Australia will be required to pay full fees if they are enrolled in either a government or non-government school.
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