Victoria University Archives: Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE

In summary

Established: 1996, when Western Metropolitan College of TAFE was renamed

Ended: 1998, when it merged with Victoria University of Technology

Located: Campuses at Footscray (Nicholson St), Yarraville (Berry St), Sunshine, Newport, Werribee, South Melbourne and Melbourne CBD (King St)



Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE (WMIT) was established on 1 January 1996, when the Western Metropolitan College of TAFE was renamed. Mike Smith, who had been Director at WMCOT, continued on as Director of WMIT.

In 1996, WMIT continued to grow both in terms of courses delivered and number of students. The number of international students increased, and WMIT also delivered programs at various international locations through its overseas partners. Growth during this time was also seen through the development of a Convention Centre at the Sunshine campus.

In late 1997, following a ministerial review of the provision of TAFE services throughout the Melbourne metropolitan area, it was decided that WMIT was to merge with Victoria University of Technology, which already had a TAFE division. A Merger Implementation Committee was established, containing representatives from both institutions, and the merger occurred on 1 July 1998. WMIT officially ceased to exist on this day.

Holdings in the archives

The Archives holds the following records relating to Western Melbourne Institute of TAFE:

  • Council minutes, 1996-8
  • Standing committees of Council minutes, including Policy and Development, Finance and Facilities and Resources Committees, 1996-8
  • Board of Studies minutes, 1996-8
  • Handbooks, 1996-8
  • Annual reports, 1996-7
  • Records relating to the amalgamation of Western Metropolitan Institute of TAFE and VUT, 1997-8
  • Course accreditation papers, 1996-7
  • Staff newsletters
  • Graduation programs, 1996-8
  • Certificate registers, 1996-8
  • Strategic Directions, WMCOT and WMIT, 1994-1998
  • Clothing including ties and cardigans
  • Records relating to campuses, grounds and buildings, 1996-8
  • Common Seal
  • Promotional material including brochures, posters and pamphlets, 1996-8
  • Student photographs, 1996-8
  • Staff photographs, 1996-8
  • Photographs of WMIT campuses