Aboriginal Programs

Campus locations


Shirley Hansen, Tanya Paunic, Jasmine Drew


Tracy Bellotti, Beverly Thomson


Melissa Berrigan


Terrie Titko, Anne Kickett

Supporting Aboriginal students

Aboriginal Programs staff help students by providing the following services:

  • Course information and selection
  • Study assistance
  • Tutoring support
  • Mentoring
  • Abstudy application assistance
  • Fees and payment assistance

Specifically we provide a confidential and hassle free service working alongside our students and stakeholders in a professional and culturally sensitive manner at all times to:

  • Ensure all students commence their classes well equipped with knowledge and resources to make a positive start
  • Speak to lecturers to request additional leave when necessary for family and cultural commitments
  • Offer mentoring support, either as a group or on individual basis
  • Provide tutorial assistance on request, with hand-picked qualified tutors
  • Work with, and alongside, community groups and businesses to ensure quality outcomes for Aboriginal people.

As always, the priority of Aboriginal Programs is to support Aboriginal student enrolment and progression, and to ensure Aboriginal students enrolled with your portfolio receive the support they need to graduate successfully.
There are occasions when students struggle with financial issues relating to their study (for items such as fees and student materials). Aboriginal Programs can work confidentially with students and lecturers to resolve these problems. 
Do you need additional resources to support your VET delivery to an Aboriginal organisation or employer? If so, Aboriginal Programs can work with you to identify how these resources can be provided.


Mentoring services

Provision of mentoring for Aboriginal students is recognised as a powerful support. We can work with lecturers and students to identify suitable mentors in either an individual or classroom-based capacity. Mentoring support services for both individual students and classroom groups will be provided by Aboriginal Programs staff. Staff are available to provide mentoring services in Albany and Katanning.

Aboriginal students occasionally experience problems which impact on their studies. If you are struggling, staff in the Aboriginal Programs branch can provide confidential support.


Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme

Many Aboriginal students can benefit from academic tutoring support. Aboriginal Programs administers the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) which organises and funds one-to-one tutorial assistance. If you have 
a student who would benefit from additional academic support, contact Aboriginal Programs. If you have the skills to deliver tutorial support, send us an email and let us know of your availability.


Program development support

Staff from the Aboriginal Programs branch work with the Aboriginal community and industry to identify opportunities to deliver customised programs leading to employment. We then seek funding for these programs. If you have an idea for a program, then talk to us and we can help to bring it to fruition.


Want to know more, or have some suggestions?


Albany  6371 3723 or 6371 4503
Bunbury 6371 3275 or 6371 3427
Katanning 6371 3402  
Narrogin 6371 3950  

Freecall 1800 675 781 (Albany) or 1800 621 445 (Bunbury)

Email AboriginalPrograms@srtafe.wa.edu.au


Download the Aboriginal Training Plan 2020 to 2022 (243 KB) (PDF document)

Download the Reconciliation Action Plan 2018-2020 (4 MB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)


We provide services to the following Noongar Boodja


Some important dates to remember

National Sorry Day: 26 May 2021 https://humanrights.gov.au/about/get-involved/events/national-sorry-day

Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June 2021 www.reconciliation.org.au(opens in a new tab)

NAIDOC: 5-7 July 2021  www.naidoc.org.au(opens in a new tab)