At TAFE Queensland we understand the unique needs of our Indigenous student community. That's why we offer a range of courses and support services specifically designed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

About TAFE Queensland

With dedicated Indigenous student support, specialised 'away from base' residential block training, and our partnership in the RATEP, TAFE Queensland is well suited to help you reach your education goals.

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Student support

In addition to our comprehensive range of student support services including learning support, counselling, and careers and employment services, we also have dedicated support services for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Indigenous Student Support Officers (ISSOs)

Our dedicated ISSOs provide tailored support designed to meet the unique needs of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. ISSOs can provide assistance with enrolment processes, Centrelink ABSTUDY enquiries, tutor support, referrals to other community service providers and personal support.

Accommodation assistance

The Indigenous Youth Mobility Program provides accommodation options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students wishing to relocate from a remote or regional community to study or take up an apprenticeship. You must be between 16-24 years of age and engaging in accredited training to be eligible.

Indigenous student support

Find out more about our range of student support services available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Get assistance with career and employment advice, choosing the right course or pathway, financial assistance, funding opportunities, accommodation, and learning and study support.



How it works

RATEP is a community-based teacher education program that assists Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become registered teachers or qualified teacher aides. The program is a partnership between TAFE Queensland, James Cook University, and the Queensland Education Department. Students can choose to study at a number of RATEP sites throughout Queensland, as well as a via an off-site model. Successful completion of a certificate or diploma course in education or child care with TAFE Queensland opens up pathways towards a Bachelor of Education qualification at James Cook University.


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Away from Base courses

You don't need to live near one of our campuses to study a course with us. We deliver a number of courses via residential study blocks. These courses are registered as Away from Base Mixed-Mode Program (AFB) courses, which mean you may be able to have your travel, accommodation and meal allowances paid for you when you attend residential blocks. To be eligible you must qualify for ABSTUDY and meet other entry requirements.

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Totems Newsletter

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Totems features success stories of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.  Inside you'll find inspirational stories of their training achievements and career outcomes. 

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There are a range of scholarships offered by TAFE Queensland and other organisations that may fund part or all of your studies.

TAFE Queensland Scholarships

We offer two type of scholarships to eligible students. Merit scholarships are awarded to students who can demonstrate that they will do well in the industry in which they apply for the scholarship. Access and equity scholarships provide equitable access to study at TAFE Queensland.

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Care2Achieve Scholarships

Young women between 17-21 years old who are leaving or have left care are eligible for a Care2Achieve scholarship to complete tertiary studies through university or TAFE. The scholarship offers financial support, mentoring and assistance in connecting with future potential employers.

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Indigenous health scholarships

The Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship Scheme is designed to assist undergraduate students in health-related disciplines to complete their studies and join the workforce. It provides scholarships for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people studying an entry-level health course.

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Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship

The Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarship is open to participants in the Remove Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP). It provides up to $20,000 over four years as well as the opportunity of a permanent teacher position at a Queensland state school.

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Payment options

If you don't qualify for a scholarship there are plenty of other options available to help you pay your course fees. Find out about our full range of payment options including loans, payment plans, as well as subsidised training and concessions.

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News and events

Thursday Island

No limit to Alicia's dedication

Despite facing a number of challenges, Alicia's determination to further her education has made her more resilient than ever.

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Darnley Island community elder and artist Kapua Gutchen (Snr)
Far North Queensland

The origin of the black frigate bird

Through his cultural art studies, Darnley Island community elder Kapua Gutchen (Snr) is sharing the stories of his people.

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Sturgeon-Walsh sisters

Sisters are doing it for themselves

A desire to improve their education and learn more about their Aboriginal culture brought triplets Gloria, Chantel and Eyvonne Sturgeon-Walsh to TAFE Queensland.

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Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

TAFE Queensland's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed to demonstrate our commitment to closing the gap to ensure our first Australians are afforded the same opportunities for learning and prosperity that everyone enjoys in Australia.

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