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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 Whadjuk and Gnaala Karla peoples as the traditional custodians of their ancestral lands South Metropolitan TAFEs campuses are situated on. 

South Metropolitan TAFE also wishes to pay respects to the Whadjuk and Gnaala Karla elders past, present and emerging, and extend this respect to other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who study with or work with our organisation.

South Metropolitan TAFE campuses are located in two Noongar regions in Perth 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.



The 2019 NAIDOC celebration was held on 29 August and the theme was 'Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let's work together for a shared future.'  Details on the 2020 NAIDOC event will be shared closer to the date.


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. 


Tailored training packages

South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) provides specialised training and services to Aboriginal communities and organisations at both local and state level. Tailored training packages can be adapted and customised to suit community, industry and employment needs. 

Popular qualifications include leadership, cultural tourism, health, training and assessment, construction, hospitality, beauty, and community service.

For more information visit our Training and Collaboration page.

Page last updated March 19, 2020