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Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges & Education


The Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) is a joint initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BI). The aim is to provide a shared facility for the delivery of a specific range of Higher Education and Post Graduate study options which provide education pathways designed to better meet the needs of Indigenous Australia.

The ACIKE building on the Casuarina Campus of CDU is the central hub for ACIKE resources and administration. Delivery of courses will be across three Northern Territory locations in Darwin, Batchelor and Alice Springs at both Batchelor Institute and CDU campuses.
Both organisations share a commitment to improving student outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and currently occupy unique positions in the Australian tertiary education sector, having a critical focus on regional, remote and Indigenous education in some of the most challenging environments in the country.

ACIKE offers an innovative approach to teaching and learning that aims to empower and inspire Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through education to realise their full potential and to make greater contributions within Australian society. The shared vision is to ’Create presence, by respecting the past and looking to the future’.

Our Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) course offers a first step in an education pathway to further Higher Education options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. It offers a culturally safe and unique approach to learning particularly suited to those who have completed Year 12 and are considering ‘where to next’ or for those who have not been in formal education for a long time.


The ACIKE partnership provides a new structure under which the Higher Education degree courses and Post Graduate study options will be delivered by Batchelor Institute.

Through the ACIKE partnership Batchelor Institute offers a more comprehensive range of Higher Education and Post Graduate study options, including dedicated courses specifically designed to support Indigenous students. These include the Preparation for Tertiary Success program that is HECS exempt, which assists students to take on and succeed at their Higher Education studies.
The Higher Education ACIKE courses will be delivered from Batchelor Institute campuses at Batchelor and at the Desert Peoples Centre in Alice Springs and from campuses at Casuarina and Alice Springs.

The ACIKE partnership assists Batchelor Institute to strengthen its position and profile as an education and training pathway of choice for Indigenous Australians. Batchelor Institute continues to provide quality VET training in its own right as a respected Registered Training Provider in the Northern Territory.

Most Batchelor ACIKE courses are open only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in keeping with the longstanding commitment by Batchelor Institute to dedicated Indigenous delivery. Some ACIKE courses will be open to enrolments for both Indigenous and non Indigenous students. There are several Higher Education and Post Graduate options to appeal to non Indigenous students wishing to upskill in the fields of Indigenous languages, knowledges, advocacy and policy to better support employment opportunities in Aboriginal organisations, Job Services agencies, and in the public sector.

ACIKE Courses

ACIKE provides an opportunity for Indigenous students to choose from a wide range of undergraduate and Post Graduate courses that will be delivered in a culturally appropriate way; from Indigenous knowledges and languages, public policy and creative writing to education and health.

...ACIKE Courses

If you are interested in upcoming information please complete our ACIKE Online Enquiry Form

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