Student services - Aboriginal students

Aboriginal students

Be deadly at TAFE NSW

Be connected and join over 30,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at TAFE NSW. We welcome Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to enrol in TAFE NSW courses, and we support all students to get the most out of education and training to help open up exciting employment opportunities. From music and film, to Aboriginal languages and cultures - our courses are taught in small, friendly groups with personalised support.

TAFE NSW recognises the importance of identity, knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultures, and languages - all of which can enhance the lives and career opportunities of all Australians.

Be empowered and share your life experiences and gain real skills for the future. Be job ready and take the first step with apprenticeships, work placements and real hands-on experience.

Assistance can also be made available in personalised learning plans, goal-setting, reading, writing, numeracy, and preparing tests and assessments.

Aboriginal student support

Aboriginal staff can assist you with everything from enrolment to study. We can also give advice on applying for fee exemptions and scholarships, as well as provide mentoring to support you throughout your TAFE NSW course.

Financial help

Aboriginal students who live or work throughout NSW (or live in identified border postcodes) are eligible for subsidised training places under Smart and Skilled and a full fee exemption. You could also qualify for a scholarship, or financial help with travel, accommodation and meals.

As well as this, you may be eligible for ABSTUDY from Centrelink, which is government financial help for Aboriginal students. Learn more about applying for ABSTUDY through the Centrelink website.

Customised courses and services

TAFE NSW offers a range of flexible programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a step towards employment or to move forward in your career.

Specialist Aboriginal study centres

Many TAFE NSW locations have purpose-built teaching and learning facilities.

For more information, connect in person or contact TAFE NSW on 131 601.

Acknowledgement of Country

TAFE NSW respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Country of all locations where our learning activities are hosted. We extend our respect to Elders, past and present, and acknowledge our future generations of Aboriginal people. We also respectfully acknowledge the Country, family and cultural values of our students who travel to join us for a learning journey.

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Call 131 601

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Phone: (02) 9715 8066 or (02) 9715 8232