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Aboriginal students

Every semester South Metropolitan TAFE welcomes a large number of Aboriginal students, providing specialist, culturally appropriate support to help students successfully complete their studies.

Find out more about our services below.


Aboriginal Regions.jpgAcknowledgement of Country

We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and recognise the strength, resilience, pride and capacity of the Whadjuk and Gnaala Karla Booja Noongar people.

South Metropolitan TAFE campuses are located in two Noongar regions as outlined in the image on the right.


Student Support Services

Student Support Services offer free and voluntary support for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  Services include:

  1. Study Support
  2. Advocacy
  3. Referrals to Aboriginal counselling services and community health services

Find out more about Student Support Services.


NAIDOC Week 2017

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This year’s NAIDOC Week runs from 2 to 9 July and the theme is Our Languages Matter. 

In the late eighteenth century there were about 250 distinct Aboriginal languages and many of these languages had several dialects. Today only 120 of these languages are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost. This year’s theme aims to raise awareness of the status and importance of Aboriginal languages across the country and to highlight the work that programs and community groups are doing to preserve and record language. Different languages are associated with different parts of the country and have spiritual significance. Through language Aboriginal people maintain their connections with ancestors, the land and the law.

South Metropolitan TAFE’s NAIDOC event will be held at our Thornlie Campus on Tuesday 8 August 2017.  More information will be shared soon.


Culturally Sensitive Spaces

South Metropolitan TAFE has two Aboriginal Student Support Centres at the Thornlie and Rockingham campuses.  They are friendly, culturally sensitive spaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to seek advice, support and assistance with their studies, as well as feel physically, spiritually and emotionally protected.  Both spaces promote shared respect, knowledge, education and are meeting places where free and open communication is valued.

For more information visit the Koora-Marr facility page or the Kadadjiny-Mia facility page. 



Page last updated July 11, 2017