So many choices
Nznomis, here is the deal ( roughly speaking)
In Australia at TAFE you can study for a certificate 3 Hospitality - commercial cookery (http://www.tafe.qld.gov.au/dds/searc...ins_spec=false
a certificate 3 Food processing - Retail baking (http://www.tafe.qld.gov.au/dds/searc...ins_spec=false
or a certificate 3 Hospitality - Patisserie (http://www.tafe.qld.gov.au/dds/searc...ins_spec=false
I hope these links help.
Basically if you study hospitality you can exit with a chef qualification, and now a patissier qualification has been introduced. In Food processing you exit with a baker/pastrycook trade qualification.
The cookery is self explanatory, the patisserie and baking are more of a grey area, patisserie is more playing with chocolate, sugarwork and some plated desserts. Combined baking is heavier in baking theory and technology, with practical applications in retail baking. Both are good, it just depends what you want.
All courses across Australia are the same regardless of training provider. Because the courses have specified course numbers (example - THH31402) and outcomes, they must meet minimum requirements in course content and hours delivered. This is overseen by industry and government. Therefore in content it doesn't matter who teaches you, but TAFE usually has better resources as they are government funded.
What you have to decide is if you want to do an apprenticeship ( you will need residency) or to study as an international student (you need a student visa). The difference is the timeframe taken to complete the qualification and what you have to pay. Also work placement will be a different issue depending on the path you choose.
My experience is within the system in QLD and Tasmania, but as all courses are alligned it will be similar interstate.
QLD - Southbank Institute of TAFE (Cookery/Patisserie) and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE (Baking)
Victoria - Box Hill TAFE (Cookery) and William Angliss College (All courses)
Adelaide - Regency College (All courses)
Tasmania - Drysdale College (All courses)
Northern Territory/West Aust/Canberra/NSW - I cannot give a recommendation as I don't know any.
Finally, I must disclose I teach at both Southbank and Gold Coast (Casually) so I am biased, But I have experience in the system. I also work in industry and currently manage 6 Apprentices and trainees.
Any other questions or if you want more information I encourage you to PM me and I will answer your queries or pass the contact details on to you.