Diploma of Applied Aboriginal Studies

What is this course?

This program is designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who seek to work in the space of cultural awareness. It aims to enhance and complement skills and knowledge in order for graduates to work more effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait people, their organisations and communities.

Who is this course suited to?

This course is suitable for those who want to develop skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in identified positionsThese include, but are not limited to field workers, liaison officers, consultants, advocates, negotiators and educators.

As a nationally recognised diploma, the course can also be used as a platform for undertaking further study.

Completing this course can open employment opportunities in:

  • Aboriginal community organisations
  • Training others in cultural competence
  • Aboriginal cultural and tourism events

This training is available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over 18 years of age.

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 modules with their associated assessments such as virtual meetings, case studies, written reports and short answer questions. Each study module 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 modules 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 .

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

You will need access to a computer, 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 Microsoft 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


Historical perspectives and identity

NAT11026002 Analyse concepts of identity

NAT11026005 Investigate family histories

NAT11026009 Evaluate disadvantage in colonised Indigenous nations

Invasion – Colonial policies and survival

NAT11026001 Analyse the impact of invasion and genocide

NAT11026003 Analyse protection and assimilation policies and practices

Connection to country

NAT11026004 Interpret kinship and belonging to the land

Self-determination and the legal system

NAT11026007 Review the influence of legal systems on Aboriginal peoples self-determination

NAT11026008 Support Aboriginal peoples self-determination and social justice

Cultural identity

NAT11026006 Contribute to maintenance of Aboriginal peoples cultural identity

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