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Studying @ Batchelor

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. Some workshops are also held in other communities. Follow this link to see our current study locations.


At our residential campuses we provide a safe, no-alcohol environment to support you in your learning journey.
In accordance with clear and consistent messages from your communities, the Institute Council has ruled that alcohol and other drugs may not be brought into, or consumed within, Institute facilities, including the student and staff residences. This rule applies to all Institute facilities including Institute vehicles.


Smoking is not allowed on any part of any Batchelor Institute Campus, or in any Institute vehicle.


Further information regarding on-campus rules can be found in the Student Code of Conduct


Students must meet the minimum age requirement to be able to enrol with Batchelor Institute. The minimum age will depend on several factors.


  • Training is delivered in a regional or remote community, and the student no longer engages and/or participates in secondary schooling, the student must be 15 years or older at the time training commences’; or
  • Training is delivered on the Batchelor or Desert People Centre campus, and where the student attends training during the day, but are not accommodated overnight, the student must be 17 years or older at the time training commences; or
  • Training is delivered in any location, and the student requires to be travelled by Batchelor Institute to a training delivery location, the student must be 18 years or older at the time training commences.


Batchelor Institute, as a Registered Training Organisation, recognises the Australian Quality Framework Qualification and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation. No fee applies for Credit Transfer.

If you have completed training at another Registered Training Organisation, or in a different course with Batchelor Institute, speak to your trainer about possible Credit Transfer opportunities.