Our history

Paving the way

Starting as tech schools in 1924, today we are a global educational institute with up to 60,000 students

From humble beginnings...

Box Hill Institute originates from two local technical schools – the Box Hill Technical School for Girls and Women, which opened on 4 September 1924 and the Box Hill Technical School for Boys, established nearby almost 20 years later on 2 February 1943.

In 1971, the Technical School for Girls became the Whitehorse Technical School. Around the same time, the Technical School for Boys separated its tertiary technical offerings from its secondary offerings. The tertiary section became Box Hill Technical School. Both schools were declared colleges of Technical and Further Education (TAFE) in late 1981.

On 25 January 1984, the Whitehorse Technical School and Box Hill Technical School merged to become Box Hill College of TAFE, established by an Order in Council under the Post-Secondary Education Act 1978.

Just over a decade later on the 12 September 1995, the Governor in Council approved orders to change the name of Box Hill College of TAFE to Box Hill Institute of TAFE.

In November 2011, an amendment to the Education and Training Reform Act was passed to enable the Box Hill Institute Board to govern the operations of the Centre of Adult Education (CAE).

Box Hill Institute, as we are now known, was the result of a new Constitution on 10 April 2013. The functions, powers and duties of Box Hill Institute are detailed in the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and in our Constitution of 3 May 2016.

In 2016, Box Hill Institute launched the Lilydale Lakeside campus to provide easier access for students in the outer east. In the same year, the Institute won the Large Training Provider of the Year award at the Australian Training Awards.

As well as our Australian operations, Box Hill Institute has long had a proud history operating transnational education and training programs. In 2013 and 2018, we won the International Training Provider of the Year at the Australian Training Awards. Our 20-strong transnational partner network has created an excellent alumni program, with more than 10,000 graduates making significant contributions in their home countries and around the world. 

Box Hill Institute now provides education and training to approximately 40,000 students in its 179 courses and the CAE’s 1,190 short courses.

As we look towards Box Hill Institute’s centenary in 2024, we will continue to support the growth and prosperity of our community by delivering relevant, industry-based learning experiences to meet the future needs of society.

Key Dates

  • 1924

    Box Hill Technical School for Girls and Women

  • 1943

    Box Hill Technical School for Boys

  • 1947

    The Council for Adult Education (CAE)

  • 1971

    Technical School for Girls and Women becomes Whitehorse Technical School

  • 1981

    Technical and Further Education (TAFE) established

  • 1984

    Box Hill College of Tafe

  • 1995

    Box Hill Institute of TAFE

  • 2011

    Merger with CAE

  • 2016

    BHI Lilydale Lakeside Campus | ATA Large Training Provider of the Year

  • 2018

    Sing Sing Studio/Tremorverse Recording Label | ATA International Training Provider of the Year