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Diploma of Aboriginal Studies for Professional and Community Development

  • National Course Code: 10761NAT
  • TAFE NSW code: 10761NAT-01V01-20YNG-001

Location – Young

Study Type


Course Start Date

03 Aug 2020

Study Commitment

8 Hours per week


2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The Diploma of Aboriginal Studies for Professional and Community Development is a course for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It will develop a high level understanding of Aboriginal cultures and knowledge systems, complex social and historic issues, and skills and knowledge for practical application in a workplace, academic or community context.

The course electives enable the development of high level research skills that are required for maintaining professional currency, integrating new cultural understandings and working effectively in professional and community contexts.

This course is intended to provide learners with the following vocational and educational outcomes:

  • enhanced employment opportunities in designated positions and service delivery to Aboriginal people
  • strategies to reinforce cultural identity and knowledge, and service delivery in a community context
  • access to further study at a tertiary level.

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.

It is recommended that entrants have ACSF 4 level language, literacy and numeracy levels, sufficient to interpret complex documents and prepare written and oral reports.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • a laptop and WiFi to connect to MS Teams meetings, engage with the course moodle platform and research online sources.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a blended course. You will need to attend approximately 4 hours online attendance with MS Teams per week, for 2 years. As well as the in-class componenet, you will need to complete approximatley 4 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, research, assignment preparation, community consultation.

This course is conducted flexibly using emailed and hard copy resources. Assessments are to be submitted on line using a moodle platform. Students are expected to attend a webinar on a weekly basis and make phone or email contact with teacher once per week.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • want to develop specialised knowledge of Aboriginal cultures and knowledge systems for use in a range of professional, community and personal environments. It will develop a high level understanding of Aboriginal cultures and knowledge systems, complex social and historic issues, skills and knowledge for practical application in a workplace, academic or community context.
    The course electives enable the development of high level research skills that are required for maintaining professional currency, integrating new cultural understandings and working effectively in professional, community and personal contexts.
    With diversity amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities being an underlying factor across Australia. Each community has their own lived and learned experiences. It is important for students to research and engage with communities to develop their own personal skills to develop genuine and long-term relationships. This will enable the students to develop a working knowledge and form effective strategies and understandings of working with Aboriginal peoples? and communities.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) support
  • Disabilities support including assistive technology
  • Library: Resources, computer and internet access for learners
  • Counselling and career services
  • Aboriginal support services

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
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID 19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled for online attendance with MS teams 4 hours per week. Total commitment to the course over 72 weeks is 16 hours per week.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
DASABL005 Analyse ethical practices in Aboriginal studies and community engagement
DASABL004 Analyse contemporary Aboriginal issues in Australia
DASABL003 Analyse Aboriginal human rights issues
DASABL002 Analyse the effects of invasion on Aboriginal society
DASABL001 Analyse aspects of traditional Aboriginal cultures
Elective Units
Number Title
ECSLRN403 Participate in academic group research
ECSLRN402 Develop research techniques for academic purposes
ECSLRN401 Develop academic learning skills
ECSDIG401 Develop e-learning skills for academic study
ECSCRT401 Apply critical thinking to workplace problems and academic study
CHCCDE001 Support participative planning processes
BSBATSIL503 Manage conflict
BSBATSIC511 Plan and conduct a community meeting
BSBATSIC411 Communicate with the community

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

Senior public and private sector employment; active community leadership

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Course Location

Caple Street, Young
Phone 131 601

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