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.

Aboriginal Access Centre

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, Regency Campus, 137 Days Rd, Regency Park SA 5010.

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.


Marg Mibus

Marg Mibus

Director Aboriginal Access Centre
T: (08) 8348 2428

Aboriginal Community Consultants

Bruce McWaters 
Phone: 8628 7050
Ceduna, Far West Coast communities / homelands including Scotdesco, Koonibba, Yalata, Oak Valley and Port Lincoln

Marg Mibus  
Phone: 8348 2428
Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Quorn, Colebrook, Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta, Marree, Nepabunna, Leigh Creek, Iga Warta, Metropolitan Adelaide

Farin Wanganeen  
Phone: 8207 9980
Northern Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula

Sandra Hanson
Phone: 8348 2428
Regency; Marketing and Finance; ATAS Program


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 Augusta         8648 9922 

Port Lincoln           8688 3600

Port Pirie               8638 4222

Regency               8348 2480

Salisbury               8207 9817

Whyalla                 8648 8788

Training Support Officers

Lisa Helps 
Located at Noarlunga Campus  
Phone: 8207 3664
Campuses of responsibility: Noarlunga; Murray Bridge; Mt Barker; Victor Harbor; Urrbrae, Tonsley

Deidre Coulthard
Located at Port Augusta Campus
Phone: 8648 9924
Campuses of responsibility: Port Augusta and surrounds

AnneMaree Cooper 
Located at Regency Campus
Phone: 8348 2425 
Campuses of responsibility: Regency, Adelaide City, AC Arts, Riverland

Treena Brennan
Located at Mount Gambier Campus
Phone: 8735 1576
Campuses of responsibility: Mount Gambier and surrounds

Shirley Ellis
Located at Whyalla Campus
Phone: 8648 8878
Campuses of responsibility: Whyalla and surrounds

Ulrike Maria
Located at Port Pirie Campus 
Phone: 7210 3083
Campuses of responsibility: Port Pirie, Peterborough, Clare 

Jarah Colbung
Located at Ceduna Campus
Phone: 8628 7055
Campuses of responsibility: Ceduna and surrounds

Ronald O'Brien 
Located at Salisbury Campus
Phone: 8207 9817           
Campuses of responsibility:  Salisbury, Elizabeth, Gilles Plains, Barossa

Erika Knudsen 
Located at Port Lincoln Campus
Phone: 8688 3600   
Campuses of responsibility: Port Lincoln and surrounds

Aboriginal graduates ready for mining industry

May 10, 2019

Eight Aboriginal students at TAFE SA’s Port Augusta Campus graduated from a tailored training program designed to deliver job-ready workers for the mining industry.   

The program, a joint initiative between the Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation and TAFE SA’s Aboriginal Access Centre (AAC), was developed in 2017 to provide career opportunities for Aboriginal employment at Carrapateena Mine in the state’s far north region. 

Kokatha Aboriginal Corporation, Chairperson, Mr Chris Larkin, said Kokatha had a close working relationship with the mine operators, Oz Minerals.

“Kokatha are the traditional owners of this country. We work closely with Oz Minerals so that our community can benefit from employment and business opportunities,” Mr Larkin said.

“The training program has provided skills and opportunities for local Aboriginal people and was designed by TAFE SA’s AAC to bring about generational change to deliver prosperity to our people,” he said.

“There is a commitment to excellence from the program partners and that has transferred to the students who know they are part of a bigger picture,” Mr Larkin said.

TAFE SA Aboriginal Access Centre Director, Marg Mibus, said the program has been successful because it looked at the needs of industry and students, and designed a program to fit both.

“The first course in 2017 had four graduates employed, in 2018 nine students graduated with many gaining full-time employment and from this current intake eight graduates will all be offered employment,” Ms Mibus said.

The training covered subjects including managing finances, hospitality, cleaning operations, First Aid and a White Card. Students also visited the mine where they spent three days on-site working in the roles in which they will be employed.

ISS Facility Services, National General Manager Employment and Communities, Scott Wilson, said “ISS is delighted to facilitate this training-to-employment loop for Aboriginal people and provide real career pathways within our contracts.”

“Graduates will enjoy working for ISS at Carrapateena where their skills and experience will be further developed.”

The graduation ceremony was held at TAFE SA Port Augusta Campus on Thursday, 2 May 2019. 

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