Offering Info

Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

  • National Course Code: HLT30113
  • TAFE NSW code: HLT30113-01V03-21DUB-075

Location – Tamworth

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

08 Sep 2021

Study Commitment

21.7 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care is designed to launch the career of those who want to help others, and begin a career in primary health care for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander clients.


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

  • Simplify and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members
  • Assist in planning and delivery of basic health care
  • Provide information about social and/or emotional support
  • Identify community health issues, needs and strategies
  • Assist with basic health screening, promotion and education services


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Compassion, patience and an understanding nature
  • Eagerness to help and make a difference
  • Good communication and people skills
  • An interest in the health sector


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Health Worker


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice
  • 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.


To be eligible for this course, you need to demonstrate the following:

  • Identify as an Aboriginal person, and have a Confirmation of Aboriginality letter or
  • Have the approval of the local Aboriginal community if you are a non-Aboriginal person, as evidenced by a letter of approval from the local Aboriginal community where you plan to study

You will also need to participate in a phone interview with one of our teaching staff to make sure this is the appropriate course level for you.

Note: In NSW, a Confirmation of Aboriginality letter can be issued by any NSW-incorporated Aboriginal organisation or Local Aboriginal Land Council. Refer to the Department of Aboriginal Affairs for further details.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the health industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

We strongly recommend you undertake 250 hours of work experience with a suitable industry employer.


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

  • An interest in the health sector
  • Empathy, patience and the ability to empower others
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multi-task and respond well to rapid change
  • A desire to empower fellow Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

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


Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.


Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
Meet NSW Healths - Criminal Record Check requirements;
Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

For specific information regarding NSW Healths requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:

  1. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:


Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Childrens Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:


Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.



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:

  • To complete theory and practical assessments of all 17 units which includes 250 workplace hours
  • To complete 250 hours of mandatory work placement with an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander client base.
  • Professional clothing and closed in footwear to attend clinical placements.
  • Organise and attend required Dr Appointments to get Vaccination card completed.
  • Transport and accommodation to be paid for by the student if they are undertaking placement in a location other than their hometown.

There are 250 hours of mandatory clinical placement in this course. Learners will need to supply teachers with documentation of National Police Check (NPC), Working With Children Check (WWCC) and completed NSWHEALTH vaccination card and will need to be verified in the Clinconnect system before any clinical placement can be undertaken.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course,.

Face to face BLOCKS will be on the following dates:

BLOCK 1: 16/11/2021 - 17/11/2021
BLOCK 2: 22/02/2022 - 23/02/2022
BLOCK 3: 05/04/2022 - 06/04/2022
BLOCK 4: 14/06/2022 - 15/06/2022
BLOCK 5: 02/08/2022 - 03/08/022

Please note timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher,


This is a full time blended course. You will need to attend approximately 6.4 hours of class. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 15.3 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 19.7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including work placement, private study and assignment preparation.

This course is offered by Connected Classroom. This is just like a regular classroom, but teachers and students use the latest video conferencing technologies.

Your teacher can be in one TAFE location, and you can join the class from another TAFE location using video conferencing equipment or a mobile device. You can also join in from a venue in a participating regional community. You will be able to see and talk to your teacher and other students as though they were in the room with you. You will also have access to support to meet your learning needs.


This course offering is designed for people who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people working at the entry level of primary health care for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients. Certificate III may be regarded by many jurisdictions as the minimum level for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health work. In some jurisdictions, however, individuals may start at Certificate II level and, when ready, progress to Certificate III. The qualification structure for Certificate III supports both these options. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.


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 as block attendance. An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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.

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
HLTAHW008 Assist in planning and implementation of basic health care
HLTAHW011 Assist with basic health screening, promotion and education services
HLTINF001 Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures
HLTAHW006 Facilitate and advocate for the rights and needs of clients and community members
HLTAHW010 Identify community health issues, needs and strategies
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTAHW009 Provide information about social and emotional support
HLTAHW007 Undertake basic health assessments
HLTAHW005 Work in an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander primary health care context
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
HLTAHW015 Work under instructions to support the safe use of medication
Elective Units
Number Title
HLTPOP014 Assess readiness for and effect behaviour change
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
HLTPOP015 Provide information on smoking and smoking cessation
HLTPOP016 Provide interventions to clients who are nicotine dependent
HLTAHW021 Provide nutrition guidance for specific health care

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

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Course Location

Dubbo, Myall Street
Myall Street Campus, Dubbo
Phone 131 601

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