Education

Primary, secondary and tertiary education providers in the region can be found by using a Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority search.

Early childhood

Kindergarten, childcare and playgroups provide an opportunity for children to socialise before they reach school age. Four-year old kindergarten programs are available throughout the region and some locations also offer three-year old kindergarten.

The Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership Early Years Project, BY FIVE, is now up and running and aims to streamline and coordinate services supporting young children and their families in the region. The project aims to explore and provide the very best early-years learning experience for children in a regional, rural and remote setting.

School

The Wimmera Southern Mallee offers a range of government and independent schools with sizes and styles to suit all needs and abilities. These include primary, secondary and P-12 schools with programs ranging from accelerated learning to additional or tailored support. Senior learning opportunities include VCE, VET, VCAL and School Based Apprenticeships. An extensive established bus network allows students to travel independently to school. 

Tertiary education

Federation University Australia

The Wimmera campus of Federation University Australia delivers TAFE programs and bachelor courses in Social Sciences, Business, Masters programs and PhD research. Based in Horsham, the campus offers research and specialised training facilities such as a fully functional hairdressing salon and industry standard plumbing, automotive, building and construction workshops. The campus also houses art and design, nursing and computer training rooms. It offers TAFE training in business, further education, automotive, electro-technology, community services, individual support, nursing and hairdressing.

Contact the campus on 1800 FED UNI (1800 333 864)

Longerenong College

Longerenong College, situated 14 kilometres from Horsham, offers vocational education and training in agriculture and land management. Opportunities range from short courses through to Advanced Diploma level.

The college operates a farm of approximately 1070 hectares with cropping, sheep (merino and prime lambs) and beef cattle enterprises. The farm is operated commercially using management strategies equating to best local practices. The farm provides students with the ideal resources for “hands-on” training in the practical skills required for these enterprises.

Contact Longerenong College on 03 5362 2222 or 1800 814 294

Lifelong learning

Adult and community education courses offer work-related skills and credentials or satisfy personal, lifestyle or social needs.

Learn Local are not-for-profit community organisations that provide training in your community, close to where you live or work. Search the Learn Local course guides for courses or download the current course guide for the Grampians region.

Many courses are delivered through Neighbourhood Houses and other local training centres and organisations. Neighbourhood Houses are also a great place to meet new people.

    Hindmarsh Shire
    Horsham Rural City
    Northern Grampians Shire
    West Wimmera Shire
    Yarriambiack Shire

    The University of the Third Age (U3A) provides lifelong learning and activities for the wellbeing of all retired and semi-retired Victorians. There are no entry requirements and no exams; just an interest in connecting, learning and socialising. Local volunteers run each branch. Courses and activities vary but may include art and craft, computers, languages, social events, literature and exercise. Branches in the region are based at: