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Date:December 15, 2014

2014 Batchelor Institute highlights


2014 proved to be a year of excellence in Indigenous education and training for Batchelor Institute as students – present and former, staff, and wider community networks mark the year with celebrating major achievements. The Institute’s celebrations, achievements and events have included:

  • Winner – 2014 Northern Territory ‘Training Provider of the Year’ award
  • Winner – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year award
  • Conferral of Batchelor Institute’s first doctoral qualification at the Central Australia campus at DPC
  • 40th Anniversary celebration events and conference held at Batchelor Campus
  • Defence Indigenous Development Program (DIDP) graduation ceremony.


For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Batchelor Institute is truly a place of national significance in Indigenous education, strengthening identity and achieving success. In endeavouring to achieve its vision, the Institute core values underpin how the Institute continues to conduct every aspect of what it does.

This year’s major Institute student and staff achievements include:

Winner – NT Training Awards 2014

The Training Provider of the Year award was presented to the Institute in recognition of delivering ‘quality training programs’ for Aboriginal Territorians which leads to employment outcomes in a range of industries in the Northern Territory, and dedication and commitment of the lecturing and support staff.

Finalists included Monica Robinson from Walungurra School, Kintore a student in the Diploma in Education Support & Pilar Cubillo, Trainer in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Certificates and Community Services Certificates for the category of VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year was Yupunu Fiona Marika from Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation, who was enrolled in the Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management (CLM) course.

Batchelor Institute’s First PhD Recipient

Friday September 5th 2014 saw the graduation of 126 students at Batchelor Institute Central Australia campus; the ceremony included the conferral of Batchelor Institute’s first doctoral qualification, which is a truly significant occasion for the Institute. Dr Kathryn Gilbey successfully completed a PhD in Indigenous Knowledges. She is also a highly dedicated staff member of the Institute and she is passionate about education for Indigenous people.

For more information go to: The conferral of the Institute’s first doctoral qualification (PhD) video and 2014 Central Australian Graduation Ceremony video

40th Anniversary celebration events

‘Finding the Common Ground with Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems’

Batchelor Institute present and former students and staff celebrated 40 years of delivering quality research, education and training programs for Indigenous Australians. These celebrations included the 40th anniversary conference, ‘Finding the Common Ground with Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems‘ which were held in Batchelor during August.

The celebrations in Central Australia included the 40th anniversary celebration dinner which was held at Desert Peoples Centre (DPC) Campus, Alice Springs in September.

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Training & Career Pathways for Defence Indigenous Development Program students

26 students of the Defence Indigenous Development program (DIDP) were awarded formal qualifications for their significant achievements at the Passing Out ceremony of the DIDP program held at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, Batchelor campus, Northern Territory on 11 September 2014. Families, friends and classmates of the DIDP graduates gathered with dignitaries and staff from the Defence Forces; students and staff from Batchelor Institute, and the Batchelor community to salute the graduates.


The 2014 DIDP commenced in April this year with 28 participants. Significant DIDP student achievements include:

  • Eight of the 26 DIDP students have been accepted into the Australian Defence Force (ADF) with no entry conditions.
  • Six of the 26 DIDP students have been accepted to ADF pending successful completion of medical tests or other conditions of employment. These students will be supported into short term employment by Batchelor Institute staff while awaiting entry to ADF.
  • Eight of the 26 students completing 2014 DIDP have been referred to further LL&N training at Batchelor to commence 22 September 2014. Completion of this program in December 2014 will strongly enhance likelihood of acceptance and career progression within the ADF in 2015.
  • Four students will be supported by Batchelor Institute staff to proceed into securing employment.