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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 Aboriginal 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

In 2021 the NAIDOC theme is "Heal Country, heal our nation." South Metropolitan TAFE looks forward to welcoming the community to celebrate in approximately August 2021.

The SM TAFE events details 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: 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.

Gain these skills:

  • Manage your 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.

This qualification is also offered part-time. Use the get help form below to start a discussion with our training area.

Good news!

This course is going to transition to a new training package in 2022. This means that students starting in 2022 will transfer during their study to new units developed to meet current and future industry needs.

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Certificate IV
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