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Diploma of Aboriginal Studies for Professional and Community Development

  • National Course Code: 10761NAT
  • TAFE NSW code: 10761NAT-01V02-22DUB-014

Location – Dubbo


Part Time


Virtual classroom on campus

Course Start Date

20 Jul 2022

Study Commitment

6 Hours per week


1.5 years

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma of Aboriginal Studies for Professional and Community Development will take you on a historical journey that will inspire professional growth and community engagement. Learn to collaborate, connect and create positive change with Aboriginal communities, as we move forward together.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Conduct high level research skills
  • Understand Aboriginal history and lasting impacts
  • Analyse contemporary modern issues
  • Analyse the effects of invasion on Aboriginal society
  • Develop leadership skills for active community contributions


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Empathy and support
  • Understanding of history and the continuing impact of the past
  • Good communication skills
  • A collaborative spirit
  • Emotional intelligence


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised Diploma
  • Strong pathways to enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Aboriginal project officers
  • Aboriginal community development officers
  • Aboriginal policy officers


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Sustainable Indigenous Communities
  • Bachelor of Community Services with TAFE NSW degrees

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 entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.


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

  • Reading, writing and maths skills at a Year 12, Certificate IV or equivalent level
  • The ability to interpret complex documents and prepare written and oral reports
  • A goal to create change by building your knowledge and skills

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a part time, virtual classroom - on campus course. You must attend approximately 6 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 14 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

The course will run 2 days a week for 18 months.

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
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • 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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Wednesday and Thursday with evening classes. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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

Applying 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. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details. (only if available as a trainee)

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

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

Phone 131 601

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