About Tranby


For students, Tranby provides a unique opportunity. It provides education free from the trappings of financial burden and cultural misunderstanding. In return, we ask only one thing – that they use the drive, motivation, self-belief and knowledge they have found here to better the lives of those around them. In this, they will be leaders.

Who We Are

Establistree1hed in 1957, Tranby is Australia’s oldest not-for-profit independent Indigenous education provider.

Tranby National Indigenous Adult Education and Training (‘Tranby’) is located in Glebe, Sydney. The organisation is a function of the Co-operative for Aborigines Limited and has been a pioneer in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult education, training, and social action for decades.

Tranby, as a nationally registered training organisation (RTO), offers units of competency, full VET qualifications, and non-accredited skill development initiatives to Indigenous adults from across Australia.

Courses at Tranby have changed over time from trade-based skills to governance and legal advocacy. Most importantly, Tranby offers these qualifications in a unique, culturally supportive environment.

Thousands of students have graduated from this iconic Indigenous organisation, and returned to their communities empowered with newfound skills and a drive for excellence and self-determination.

Ever Evolving

In response to unprecedented changes to funding structures and processes, Tranby proved itself to be a highly adaptable and progressive organisation by increasing and broadening our range of courses and modes of delivery, including online access to course materials and assessments.  These improvements culminated in a rebrand process that ensured Tranby remains relevant to all aspects of education and training to skill the Aboriginal community for leadership and employment

In 2015 Tranby embarked on a crucial rebranding mission to guarantee that in these changing times we continued to be responsive to the needs of community, potential students and industry and also attract funding support from government and philanthropists. Our brand reflects Tranby’s fresh, contemporary direction yet still encompasses our rich cultural history and esteemed core values.

Staying true to our community-controlled philosophy, these proposed changes were put to members, current students, alumni and the wider community for consideration.

During these challenging times, staff also work hard to make certain that Tranby continues to strive toward educational excellence for Indigenous Australians with a move toward financial self-sustainability.

This is an exciting time to be part of the Tranby community!

We would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Gadigal people who are traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.  We would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present of the Eora nation and extend that respect to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people present at Tranby.