Victoria University Archives: Flagstaff College of TAFE

In summary

Established: 1984, when Melbourne Technical College of Hairdressing was renamed

Ended: 1993, when it merged with the Western Metropolitan College of TAFE

Located: 553 La Trobe Street, Melbourne



The Flagstaff College of TAFE was founded in 1984 and operated until 1993 when it merged with the Western Metropolitan College of TAFE (1991-1995). It was originally established in 1960 as the Melbourne School of Hairdressing (1960-1975) and later renamed the Melbourne Technical College of Hairdressing (1975-1984) to reflect the new status of College within the Technical Schools Division of the Education Department From 1984, Flagstaff College of TAFE operated as a specialist College associated with the hairdressing, beauty, makeup and modelling industries. The College was a Designated Provider which, with other Colleges, was responsible of implementing course development and management process for this field of study. It offered a range of courses such as hairdressing apprenticeship, commercial hairdressing, adult re-skilling program for hairdressers, advanced certificate in hairdressing, advanced courses and industry service programs. It offered other courses relating to the beauty industry in the form of the associate diploma of health science (beauty therapy) and short courses, a beautician certificate, modelling industry and makeup artists certificate course and a personal services retail traineeship program. In 1990, the College had an enrolment of almost 5000 students, comprising of 2000 apprentices, 200 full-times students and 2700 part-time day and evening students.  

Holdings in the archives

The Archives holds the following records relating to the Flagstaff College of TAFE:

  • Annual reports, 1986-92
  • Promotional video recordings, including of the Flagstaff campus and the Beauty Therapy programs
  • Student results
  • Handbooks 1984-91
  • Certificate registers 1981-96