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 the 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.


Marg Mibus

Marg Mibus

Director Aboriginal Access Centre
T: (08) 8303 2630

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: 8303 2630
Port Augusta, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Quorn, Colebrook, Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta, Marree, Nepabunna, Leigh Creek, Iga Warta, Metropolitan Adelaide

Farin Wanganeen
Phone: 8303 2742
Northern Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula

Sandra Hanson
Phone: 8303 2741
Port Adelaide; Interactive Ochre Program; ATAS Program


TAFE SA Campus Contacts

8595 2600

8628 7055

Coober Pedy
8678 9016

Mount Gambier
8735 1555

8836 7282

8207 3132

Port Adelaide
8303 2632

Port Augusta
8648 9922

Port Lincoln
8688 3600

Port Pirie
8638 4222

8207 9817

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 Port Adelaide Campus
Phone: 8303 2707
Campuses of responsibility: Port Adelaide, Adelaide City (Hair & Beauty, Community Services, Health and Lifestyle, TAE), Riverland

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

Mary Wilkey
Located at Salisbury /Regency Campus
Phone: 8207 9817
Campuses of responsibility: Adelaide City; AC Arts; Regency

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

Minnie Walters
Located at Salisbury Campus
Phone: 8207 9984
Campuses of responsibility: Salisbury, Elizabeth, Tea Tree Gully, Gilles Plains