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Certificate I in Fundamental Aboriginal Languages for Personal Use

  • National Course Code: 10703NAT
  • TAFE NSW code: 10703NAT-01V01-20TAM-001

Location – Tamworth - Gamilaraay

Study Type

PT Evening

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

9.9 Hours per week


30 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

Strengthen your voice, identity and culture with the nationally accredited Certificate I in Fundamental Aboriginal Languages for Personal Use. Learn the foundations to reading and writing in your local language and join your community in protecting and promoting traditional languages for generations to come.


Through theory and practical course-work, you will learn to:

  • Participate in fundamental spoken exchanges and written text in your local language
  • Develop learning resources
  • Deepen your connection to culture
  • Work to protect and promote Aboriginal languages


Develop the personal qualities and skills you need to get ahead in this field:

  • Driven, committed approach to learning
  • Your inquisitive nature
  • Your love of languages


Completing this course will equip you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate I level
  • A deeper understanding of culture and community


Go on to further study and improve your employment potential with:

  • Certificate II in Basic Aboriginal Languages for Social Use
  • Certificate III in Aboriginal Languages for Community Use


Language is an essential part of life, culture and identity and with 90% of Aboriginal languages considered endangered, the time to protect languages is now.

In 2017, the NSW Government created the first legislation in Australia to acknowledge the importance of revitalising First Languages. This is an opportunity for Aboriginal people to reclaim history and belonging; and learn, teach and use their skills to contribute to the health and longevity of these complex and beautiful languages.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this course.


To be eligible to enrol in this course you must:

  • Identify as an Aboriginal person. Aboriginal people are of Aboriginal descent, identify as Aboriginal and are accepted as such by the local Aboriginal community
  • Have approval of the local Aboriginal community to undertake this course - if you are a non-Aboriginal person

If you are living off Country you will need to seek approval from the local Aboriginal community where you will be studying.

Please speak to the Head Teacher of Aboriginal Languages at your local TAFE NSW campus for more specific language and cultural information about this course.


No licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


There are no work placement requirement for this course.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Have a deep interest in Aboriginal culture and community
  • Are committed to promoting Aboriginal language and community voices
  • Are a good communicator with mid-level reading and writing skills

If you need support in preparation for study, contact us about your options.

Participation is open to Aboriginal peoples. Aboriginal peoples are of Aboriginal descent, identify as Aboriginal and are accepted as such by the local Aboriginal community. Participation by non-Aboriginal people is subject to local Aboriginal community approval.

It is an expectation that Non-Aboriginal People and Aboriginal people living off Country, must seek local approval to undertake this course. Please speak with your local Aboriginal Engagement Coordinator.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a Part-Time Evening Blended course. You will need to attend approximately 9.9 hours of class, over 2 day Block per year.

You may also be required to complete approximately 8.5 hour of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, and on-country experiences.

To attend all block sessions, complete the prescribed Moodle activities. You will also be encouraged to attend a one-hour weekly skype session for tutorial assistance as required.
You will also need to engage in on-country experiences throughout the duration of the course, providing the opportunity to apply your learning and knowledge in your local Aboriginal community.


This course offering is designed for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to learn about Aboriginal Language and culture, either for personal reasons or as part of their work requirements. This can include staff within NSW AECG, early childhood education, Schools, and Universities, as well as from businesses and other Government agencies to provide an understanding and respect of Aboriginal people.
Participation is open to Aboriginal peoples who are of Aboriginal descent, identify as Aboriginal and are accepted as such by the local Aboriginal community.
Participation by non-Aboriginal people is subject to local Aboriginal community approval.

Basic knowledge or skills are required for course entry, although it is strongly encouraged that the learner has completed 10703NAT Cert I in Fundamental Aboriginal Languages for Personal Use. However, students with a good basic knowledge of Aboriginal languages (specifically Gamilaraay) may be able to enter directly at the Cert II level. Specific language group for the offering is Gamilaraay.


We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently Face-to-face attendance and will be in Block Delivery. Students are encouraged to attend one tutorial-support skype session per week, These are held on a Monday or a Friday.

You may be eligible for a concession and/or exemption. This will be confirmed during the enrolment process.

Semester two starts July 2020. Enquire now to be notified when enrolments open.

To find out more information on this course including the next start date, submit an online enquiry by clicking the Enquire Now button on this page, or call 131 601 during business hours* to chat with a member of our friendly customer service team.

*Our customer service team are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm AEST.

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If you are interested in studying as a Trainee or Apprentice please call 131 601 for full details.

Core Units
Number Title
ABLCLT101 Explore knowledge of local Aboriginal Language and Cultural Identity
ABLLNG101 Develop fundamental listening and speaking skills in an Aboriginal Language
ABLLNG102 Develop fundamental reading and writing skills in an Aboriginal Language
ABLLNG103 Develop an understanding of the sound and letter system of an Aboriginal Language
ABLLRN101 Carry out a project for learning an Aboriginal Language
Elective Units
Number Title
VCODIG102 Use free or inexpensive technology

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

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Course Location

13 Janison Street, Tamworth
Phone 131 601

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