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.

Student’s art decorates city – TAFE NSW

Artist and TAFE NSW student Alanna Shorter has launched her own business and her artworks are brightening up prominent Coffs Harbour locations such as Headspace, Fresh Dental Care, Coffs Hospital Mental Health Unit and Korora Lookout.

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Training helps connect students to country – TasTAFE

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.

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Study Indigenous Languages at TAFE NSW

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.

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