Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

Please note: the word ‘Aboriginal’ throughout this website refers to all people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.

TAFE SA’s Aboriginal Access Centre (AAC) provides support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. The AAC offers a variety of programs through many TAFE SA sites, including regional and remote locations.

The AAC can also assist with enrolments into a wide range of other programs in TAFE SA.

When you take part in AAC programs, a Training Support Officer (TSO) is assigned to you for the duration of your course. Your TSO will help you develop a learning plan that maps your education pathway. The TSO also acts as your link to lecturers and other sources of support.

Tutors can be assigned to help Aboriginal students who are enrolled in an accredited TAFE SA course. You may be eligible for a tutor while studying for a Certificate III or higher. To apply for a tutor, print and fill out this application form and return it to Aboriginal Access Centre, Level 1, Port Adelaide Campus, 1 Mundy St, Port Adelaide SA 5015.

If you’re interested in helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students by becoming a tutor, please complete and return the tutor registration form

You might also be eligible for help with some or all of your TAFE SA fees. To apply for this assistance, speak with your TSO and complete the AAC Equity Grant form.

Interactive Ochre

Interactive Ochre is an engaging e-learning resource that brings an Aboriginal perspective to cultural awareness training. It is suitable for training providers and private sector, public sector and not-for-profit organisations. 

The program covers working with Aboriginal people, history, traditional perspectives, racism, and moving on. It can be used with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal learners.

Contact Sandra Hanson for further information


TAFE SA Campus Contacts

Berri                     8595 2600

Ceduna                 8628 7055

Coober Pedy        8678 9016

Mount Gambier     8735 1555

Narrunga              8836 7282

Noarlunga             8207 3132

Port Adelaide       8303 2632

Port Augusta         8648 9922 

Port Lincoln           8688 3600

Port Pirie               8638 4222

Salisbury               8207 9817

Whyalla                 8648 8788

Training Support Officers

Cindy Larkins
Located at Port Adelaide Campus 
Phone No: 8303 2743
Campuses of responsibility: Noarlunga, Victor Harbor, Urrbrae, Adelaide City - Justice and IT, AC Arts, Regency, Tonsley

Deidre Coulthard
Located at Port Augusta Campus
Phone No: 8648 9913
Campuses of responsibility: Port Augusta and surrounds

AnneMaree Cooper 
Located at Port Adelaide Campus
Phone No: 8303 2707
Campuses of responsibility: Adelaide City - Hair & Beauty, Fashion, Community Services, Health and Lifestyle, TAE, Murray Bridge, Mount Barker, Tea Tree Gully, Port Adelaide, Berri, Renmark, Waikerie

Treena Brennan
Located at Mount Gambier Campus
Phone No: 8735 1576
Campuses of responsibility: Mount Gambier and surrounds

Shirley Ellis
Located at Whyalla Campus
Phone No: 8648 8839
Campuses of responsibility: Whyalla and surrounds

Ulrike Maria
Located at Port Pirie Campus
Phone No: 7210 3083
Campuses of responsibility: Port Pirie, Peterborough, Clare

Bruce McWaters
Located at Ceduna Campus
Phone  No: 8628 7055
Campuses of responsibility: Ceduna and surrounds

Minnie Walters
Located at Salisbury Campus
Phone No: 8207 9984
Campuses of responsibility: Salisbury, Elizabeth, Gilles Plains