Diploma of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Advocacy

What is this course?

The course provides the opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to study legal advocacy from the perspective of Indigenous peoples’ cultures, aspirations and social contexts and use this learning to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families and communities.

Who is this course suited to?

This course is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over 18 years of age who want to develop the practical skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in many areas of social justice. On a theoretical level it provides a comprehensive introduction to the Australian legal system and the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within this system.

Graduates of the course will be prepared for work in community-controlled or government organisations, specifically those concerned with the rights and advocacy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, as field workers, liaison officers, legal advocates and negotiators.
The course is also suited to those who are interested in their own legal rights and the rights of other members of their community.

Applicants should note that criminal history and integrity checks will be required when gaining employment in government and legal industry organisations.

Tranby receives funding from the Federal Government to support Indigenous non-NSW residents and from the NSW Government to support Indigenous NSW residents. This means that you do not need to pay tuition fees. The availability of ABSTUDY support is based on individual circumstances.

Course Delivery

Tranby’s student support team is here for you on your learning journey. The team includes your trainer for academic support, dedicated IT support and Student Services for general assistance. You can also book time with one of Tranby’s Elders in Residence for cultural support and connection.

The course is divided into five consecutive study blocks with their associated assessments such as virtual meetings, case studies, written reports and short answer questions. Each study block runs for approximately two months and is followed by a study break of about two weeks. The entire course runs over a one-year duration.

Students can work through the study blocks at their own pace but must submit their assessments by the due dates. The study load is typically 20-25 hours per week during study blocks.

Once we receive your Expression of Interest, we will contact you before the next course begins.

You will need access to a computer or tablet or mobile phone. If you do not have access to a suitable device, please let us know as we may be able to help.

If using a computer, you will need internet access, a PDF reader and software to view videos. Tranby will provide access to Microsoft Office 365 software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams and Outlook) as well as an individual Tranby student email address.

If using a tablet or mobile phone, you will need internet or mobile phone access and you will need to download and install apps including a PDF reader, a video viewer and MS Office 365 if you do not already have them.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

For students residing outside of NSW, the training is supported by the National Indigenous Australians Agency.

Online Course

Course Enquiries

Phone: 0420 379 617

Email: studentservices@tranby.edu.au

Course structure


Advocacy and Support

NAT10861002 Advocate for clients in need of legal assistance

CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

NAT10861007 Utilise ethical standards when dealing with clients needing legal assistance

Court and Bail

NAT10861001 Support clients needing legal assistance

NAT10861004 Manage responsibilities for court appearances

NAT10861003 Assist persons seeking bail

NAT10861006 Ensure access and equity with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in the legal system

Legal Research

BSBLEG423 Conduct simple legal research 

NAT10861005 Manage responsibilities in relation to law reform

Land Claims

NAT10861009 Provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people making claims on land

Conflict and Mediation

CSCSAS024 Manage conflict through negotiation

NAT10861008 Provide mediation for clients needing legal assistance

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