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Aboriginal student support

Every semester we welcome a large number of Aboriginal students. We provide specialist, culturally appropriate support to help these students successfully complete their studies.

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.

Acknowledgement of Country

We wish to acknowledge the Whadjuk and Gnaala Karla peoples as the traditional custodians of their ancestral lands South Metropolitan TAFE’s 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 above.

Before you apply

The 2020 NAIDOC celebration was held on 10 November and the theme was 'Always was, always will be'. Details on the 2021 NAIDOC event will be shared closer to the date.

We have 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.

We provide 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 Customised training and workforce solutions page.

Courses for Aboriginal-only classes

See a list of dedicated courses we deliver to groups of Aboriginal students.

National ID: 52774WA
State ID: YT99
Industry Business and Finance
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate II in Leadership

The Certificate II in Leadership is designed to further develop and enhance a person's leadership skills.

Ready to lead the way?

The Certificate II in Leadership is designed to further develop and enhance a person's leadership skills. 

A major component of the Leadership Course is active participation in a team or community based project. Participants are required to work in a team to undertake a practical project which benefits not only the team or community, but also contributes to their own skill development and achievement.

Gain these skills:

  • self confidence
  • ability to work collaboratively
  • plan and participate in team meetings
  • communicate effectively
  • identify rights and responsibilities of others

A version of this course is available at Mandurah Campus with a beauty focus (140 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab) .

If you like the look of this course but aren't sure if it's right for you, express your interest using the button below and our Program Manager will contact you to talk through your study goals.

Express your interest

Certificate II
National ID: 52776WA
State ID: YU00
Industry English, Languages and Foundation Studies

Certificate IV in Leadership and Mentoring

An Aboriginal leadership program for ATSI staff aspiring to become leaders across all industry sectors.

Delivered at:


Aboriginal Leadership program

South Metropolitan TAFE’s Aboriginal leadership program has been specifically designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) staff aspiring to become leaders and mentors across all sectors of industry. The program aims to assist participants in developing the essential skills and knowledge required to:

  • Manage their own performance and professional development
  • Provide leadership guidance and support to individuals and teams
  • Mentor others in the workplace or a community organisation
  • Communicate effectively as a workplace leader
  • Deal with conflict and manage difficult situations
  • Maintain an ethical approach in a leadership role
  • Develop work priorities
  • Manage stress in the workplace

To be eligible for the program, applicants must be:

  • Of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent 
  • Currently employed and have the support of their employer to participate in the program
  • Able to attend all three blocks of training and have access to a computer and the internet.

Express your interest

Certificate IV
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