National code: 11222NAT

Diploma of Aboriginal Studies for Professional Practice

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Overview About this course

Connect with the oldest living culture on Earth. Delve into Aboriginal history and gain a greater understanding of the present. Be inspired to engage with your community as you become an advocate for positive change in your professional practice.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Engage effectively with the community

  • Understand Aboriginal cultural practices and protocols

  • Analyse Aboriginal history and the continuing effects of intergenerational trauma

  • Understand available support services

  • Develop ethical practices

  • Demonstrate leadership skills for active community contributions

  • Conduct research to gain up to date industry information

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited qualification at diploma level

  • An enriched understanding of Aboriginal culture, history and cultural protocols to apply in your work

  • Practical strategies to reinforce cultural identity and knowledge

  • Leadership skills to contribute actively in the community

  • Strong employment opportunities in service delivery roles with Aboriginal people

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Emotional maturity and work/life experience to handle challenging and emotionally confronting situations and learning contexts

  • The ability to interpret complex documents and prepare written and oral reports

  • A goal to create change in the community by building your knowledge on Aboriginal history, cultural practices and protocols

  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) at Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) level 4


  • If you are a non-Aboriginal student, please be aware that completing this course does not allow you to become a cultural advisor and bypass cultural protocols

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Aboriginal project officer, project officer, Aboriginal community development officer, community development officer, Aboriginal policy officer and policy officer.

Study pathways

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The Diploma of Aboriginal Studies for Professional Practice does not have any related courses.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Aboriginal Studies for Professional Practice qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 14 units of competency, including 4 core and 10 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Analyse aspects of Aboriginal Cultures NAT11222001

  • Analyse responses to the effects of invasion on Aboriginal society NAT11222002

  • Analyse Aboriginal human rights issues and social justice issues NAT11222003

  • Research ethical practices in research and Community engagement NAT11222004

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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