TAFEs – Closing the Gap
TAFEs, in keeping with their public mission to serve their communities, are committed to the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the traditional owners of Australia.
Generations of disadvantage, commenced from dispossession of their lands, has created a gap between the well-being and economic advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the general Australian population.
Post school education and training through TAFEs is a clear pathway for closing the gap. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are over-represented in Certificate I (11.1 per cent of students) and Certificate II (7.1 per cent of students) courses, while they represent only 2.8 per cent of students at Diploma level and above. While only a simple measure this signifies the challenge TAFEs commit to lifting the attainment levels of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Success comes from engagement. Enjoy these uplifting stories of success.
Language is an essential part of life, culture and identity and with 90% of Aboriginal languages considered endangered, the time to protect languages is now.
In 2017, the NSW Government created the first legislation in Australia to acknowledge the importance of revitalising First Languages. TAFE NSW offers courses in Aboriginal language and culture.
Northern Territory 2019 Training Provider of the Year Charles Darwin University is committed to improving life outcomes for its regional and remote Indigenous VET students.
Shanae Brown, a proud Dunghutti/Gamilaroi woman is celebrating her personal success as the first person in her family to complete a TAFE NSW qualification and to pursue a career as a nurse at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney.
As part of Reconciliation Week, Saxon Phipps, Founder and Managing Director of Year13 talks to Truth Project facilitator Scott Wilson to learn about his experience of working with Australian youth and in particular Aboriginal children. Their conversation unpacks stories, questions and ideas on what it means to be #InThisTogether.
TasTAFE CEO Jenny Dodd talks about the support provided to their Aboriginal students by their Aboriginal Training Programs Team including throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Djuker Willis-Hart, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year at the 2019 Tasmanian Training Awards, is now an indigenous tour guide with wukalina walk, an Aboriginal owned and operated guided walk in North East Tasmania, thanks to his Certificate III in Guiding at TasTAFE.
TAFE Queensland shares the stories of three of its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, all on very different career pathways, yet all united by their determination to succeed.
Coinciding with National Reconciliation Week 2020, TAFE SA was thrilled to launch its first conditionally-approved Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).