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Batchelor Institute offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the chance to study a wide range of courses designed to help them gain the skills and qualifications needed to find work and to help with the development of their communities, particularly those following traditional ways of life.

All the Institute’s courses are developed with the help of many people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and employer groups.

During talks with the Institute, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have said it is important to keep their own cultures strong, as well as learn about mainstream Australian culture. They have said they want to develop the knowledge and skills they need to operate successfully in both cultures.

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have said they want future generations to have better employment prospects and more say in social, economic and political decision-making.

These talks have helped Batchelor Institute develop courses that allow students to strengthen their own cultural knowledge systems while learning new knowledge and skills from the Western academic system. This is often known as Both-ways education, because it combines traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and ways of learning with Western educational traditions.

The staff at Batchelor Institute are committed to the principles of access and equity for all Indigenous Australians.


Batchelor offers short blocks of study on-campus combined with study at home. This allows you to keep strong links with your communities and study some parts of your course in your community so that do not have to leave your home community for months at a time for study.

Some students leave their communities for one to three weeks workshops or classes at the Institute’s campuses in Batchelor or at Annexes in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Tennant Creek. Some workshops are also held in other communities.


Courses offered by the Institute are taught by areas that specialise in that discipline. The Institute teaches courses in the areas of education and humanities, health and sciences, business and community studies, and community education and training.