Supporting Cultural Excellence through training


About us

TAFE NSW acknowledges that it stands on the lands of the Wiradjuri, Ngemba, Muruwari, Barkindji, Wailwan, Wongaibon and Gamilaroi peoples. The organisation, and its staff, recognise the strength, resilience and capacity of Aboriginal peoples and respect Aboriginal Elders past and present.

For many years we have been the largest provider of post-school education and training for Aboriginal peoples in Australia.  Our experience in Aboriginal education and training has been recognised with the receipt of a TAFE NSW Gili Award each year since 2011.

‘Bridging the gap’ in the disadvantage Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples experience in relation to education, health and employment opportunities is a vital part of our mission.

Our reputation is founded on our experience in western NSW which has the highest proportion of Aboriginal people in the state.  This includes Local Government Areas such as Brewarrina, Central Darling, Bourke and Walgett where up to 80% of the population are Aboriginal.

We are committed to our own Cultural excellence through the TAFE NSW Cultural Competence Framework.  This framework provides us with an approach to visuals and symbols used by, and within TAFE Western, as well as proven strategies for effective engagement and collaboration.

We look forward to sharing what we have learned with you and growing together in Cultural excellence.

Our Trainers

All TAFE NSW Maliyan Experience trainers are Aboriginal people from a range of Aboriginal Countries (homelands), ages and perspectives. Each has undertaken training to support increasing individual skills and knowledge development as trainers of the Maliyan Experience and have been endorsed as trainers by the TAFE NSW Aboriginal Community Reference Group.

Our trainers are entrusted with the responsibility to assist individuals and business in their journey to Cultural competence and have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand and articulate the rationale for Cultural competence
  • Facilitate buy-in from participants
  • Incorporate their own personal and professional experiences that contribute to understanding of Cultural competence
  • Provide a quality experience for participants


TAFE NSW’s decisions are strongly informed by community relationships. Our Aboriginal Community Reference Group provides advice across all elements of the business and includes key stakeholders from the region, and representatives of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc. The Chair of the Aboriginal Community Reference Group is also a member of the Institute Advisory Council.

TAFE NSW acknowledges that as an organisation we must take active steps to create an environment that is welcoming and appropriate for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples, staff and community members, not only within our own organisation but to support this growth in others.


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TAFE NSW would like to Acknowledge the Traditional Custodianship of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands on which this training is being undertaken, and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future and extend that respect to all.

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.


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