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Be the best you can be by studying at TAFE NSW

Studying at TAFE NSW as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student opens up a world of possibilities. You can choose from any of our diverse courses to improve your career options or decide to study in one of our courses specifically aimed at Aboriginal students.

Susan (right) with daughter Trudy - The assistance I have been given by the TAFE teachers... has been such an incredible help...They are like family to me now

"The assistance I have been given by the TAFE teachers... has been such an incredible help...They are like family to me now"

Susan (right) with daughter Trudy

Working with Aboriginal students and communities

Our belief is that education is the best way to create positive change in our community. Because of this we work closely with a whole range of people and organisations to ensure the courses offered at TAFE NSW are relevant and important to our local community.

Aboriginal communities and student support
  • At TAFE NSW our Aboriginal Learning Circle team work closely with local communities and organisations to develop specific courses for Aboriginal students in a range of fields.

  • Our support staff are available to advise you through choosing the best course, assisting with your enrolment and applications, as well helping you once you start at TAFE with any learning support you may need. Contact a Coordinator, Engagement and Personalised Pathways here.


  • ABSTUDY is an allowance and assistance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are studying full-time or part-time. If you think you are eligible for ABSTUDY contact our Aboriginal Liaison Officers to see if you qualify. It might also mean exemption from the TAFE NSW fee.

  • You need to be enrolled in a Centrelink approved course, so you can also check with them before you enrol in your selected course.


  • There are lots of scholarships you can apply for which might help you with part or all of your course fees and expenses. For more information and applications visit our Scholarships page.

  • Organisations like the Aboriginal Land Council offer scholarships specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, so it’s always worth applying.


Some specifically designed areas of study for Aboriginal students

  • Community Services
  • Education Support
  • Health, Aged Care and Nursing
  • Language and Culture
  • Tourism
  • Visual Arts

Hear from current and past Aboriginal Students who have studied at North Coast TAFE


Diploma of Aboriginal Studies


Certificate III in Carpentry


Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

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