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Acknowledgement of country

Batchelor Institute would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sovereign people of the lands on which our campuses are located. As we share our knowledge, teaching and learning and engage in research practices within this Institution and/or conduct business with a variety of external agencies and organisations, we must always pay respect to the sovereign status of our hosts. May their Ancestors always be remembered and honoured, their Elders listened to and respected, all members treated with dignity and fairness — in the present and well into the future.

We also acknowledge and pay respect to the knowledge embedded forever with our hosts, custodianship of country and the binding relationship they have with the land. Batchelor Institute extends this acknowledgment and expression of respect to all sovereign custodians — past, present and emerging. By expressing Acknowledgement of Country we encourage all to extend and practice respect to all First Nations people wherever their lands are located.

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This includes:
Users are warned that there may be words and descriptions which may be culturally sensitive and which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts. Terms and annotations, which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was written, may be considered inappropriate today in some circumstances.
Deceased persons
Users of the website should be aware that, in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, seeing images of deceased persons in photographs, film and books or hearing them in recordings may cause sadness or distress and in some cases, offend against strongly held cultural prohibitions.
Access conditions
Materials included in this website may be subject to access conditions imposed by Indigenous communities and/or depositors. Users are advised that access to some materials may be subject to these terms and conditions which the Institute is required to maintain
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The Institute holds graduation ceremonies to formally confer awards for students who have successfully completed a course of study. Graduation ceremonies combine Western tradition with the cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Two main graduation ceremonies are held each year, and you will be invited to graduate as soon as you have been identified as having completed the requirements of your course and you have no encumbrances i.e., outstanding debts.

You are expected to advise if you want to attend the ceremony, and if you do not, you will be sent your Testamur by registered post after the graduation ceremony.

For more information on the graduation ceremony dates please visit Important Dates

The Institute’s Graduation Ceremonies Policy can be viewed by visiting here

Community Graduations

Communities may make a request for one graduation ceremony to be held in a community in one academic year. These require the approval of the Director, Student Experience and applications need to be made at least two months in advance of the planned event.

Official Certification

Student Administration will provide you with the following unless you have an outstanding encumbrance with Batchelor Institute:

Student Administration will provide you with the following free of charge:

  • Statement of Results: at the end of each semester.
  • Statement of Attainment: when you successfully complete one or more units of competency or an accredited short course but do not meet the requirements for a qualification (as specified in the Training Package). The Statement of Attainment will list all the units you have passed.
  • Academic Transcripts: evidence of the units you have studied towards the completion of a course
  • VET Qualification: the formal certification that means you have completed VET Qualification.
  • Testamur*: for completed courses leading to an award (handed out at either a graduation ceremony, in absentia or an approved community graduation ceremony)

*Testamurs include the legal name of the student as provided at the date of conferral of the award.

If you have lost or would like a Testamur re-issued, an administration charge of $50 is payable to the Institute.

All above documents will be sent to the postal address you have provided either at the time of enrolment or during your studies.


If a student has a current encumbrance with Batchelor Institute, they will not be able to obtain any official documentation from the Institute nor participate in any graduation event.

If a student has a current encumbrance with Batchelor Institute and would like to resolve the encumbrance, they will need to contact the Institute.

If you are wishing to attend a graduation event and have an encumbrance, this must be resolved with the Institute four (4) weeks prior to the specified graduation ceremony you wish to attend.

Any late payments of encumbrances made by students will not guarantee a place in the ceremony.

The Institute’s Encumbrance Policy can be viewed here Student Encumbrance Policy

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