Supporting Aboriginal students
Aboriginal Programs staff help students by providing the following services:
- Course information and selection
- Study assistance
- Tutoring support
- 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.
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.
Work and Development Permit Scheme
South Regional TAFE has become a sponsor for the Work and Development Permit Scheme, a partnership initiative from the Department of Justice, Legal Aid WA and the Aboriginal Legal Service.
The Work and Development Permit Scheme helps people who are having difficulty paying off their court fines, by connecting them with a sponsor so their fines can be paid off through sponsored activities such as:
- Unpaid work
- Medical or mental health treatment, or counselling for an alcohol or drug use problem
- Educational, vocational or life skills course
- A mentoring program – for people under 25.
People wishing to join the scheme should phone the college’s Aboriginal Programs team on 6371 3723 (Jasmine) or 6371 3503 (Tanya).
For more information, see the flyer (172 KB) (PDF document).
Want to know more, or have some suggestions?
Or contact a team member of Aboriginal Programs
|Shirley Badger||Albany||6371 3779|
|Tanya Paunic||Albany||6371 3503|
|Jasmine Drew||Albany||6371 3723|
|Matt Palfrey||Albany||6371 3175|
|Melissa Berrigan||Katanning||6371 3402|
|Tracy Bellotti||Bunbury||6371 3275|
|Beverly Thomson||Bunbury||6371 3427|
|Laycee Coles||Narrogin||6371 3964|
|Mandy Jensen||Esperance||6371 3569|
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)