TAFE Western incorporates country traditionally owned by the Wiradjuri, Ngemba, Muruwari, Barkindji, Wailwan, Wongaibon and Gamilaroi peoples.
The Institute Is the largest single provider of vocational education and training for Aboriginal people in Australia.
For more information, support for your studies or your business you can contact the Aboriginal Education and Training Unit staff. Full contact details are available on the Who to Contact For More Information page.
TAFE Western's Aboriginal Education and Training Unit (AETU) provides leadership to the organisation's efforts in closing the gap in the disadvantage that Aboriginal people experience in relation to employment and education.
Strong guidance in Aboriginal Education and Training is provided by the Aboriginal Community Reference Group and the priorities of the organisation or documented in a Statement of Intent.
The way in which the cultural competence of individual staff members, and the organisation as a whole, will be developed in partnership with our Aboriginal staff and our Aboriginal Community Reference Group is outlined in TAFE Western's Cultural Competence Framework which explains TAFE Western's commitments in this area.
Our Aboriginal Student Support Officers work directly with TAFE Western to support Aboriginal students to succeed in their studies.
Student Support Officers (SSO's) are located at Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Bourke, Walgett and Broken Hill and work directly with Aboriginal students providing advice, direction and support with studies, linking students to other TAFE Western services such as:
The SSO's also work with staff to:
TAFE Western's Aboriginal Community Consultants are responsible for: