Study options for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders


Pathways for Indigenous teachers

Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders aspiring to become a teacher can explore a few pathways and programs to help you reach your goal of becoming a leader in the classroom and role model in your community.

Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP)

Study teaching without leaving your community!

The Remote Area Teacher Education Program (RATEP) offers locally-based teacher education programs to help you remain in your own community while you study. We want to help you inspire others in your community as a teacher-in-training while increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers and paraprofessionals in Queensland.

RATEP also provides suitable teacher aides and other school employees the opportunity to study part-time for their Certificate IV and Diploma of Education (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) through TAFE Queensland North.

These nationally accredited teacher education qualifications provide direct pathways for you to become a registered teacher in Queensland. Completion of the Diploma will also give you a full year of credit towards a Bachelor of Education at James Cook University.

Find out when enrolments are open on the TAFE Queensland website.

Financial and professional assistance

We’re here to support you as you begin your teaching career. There are a range of scholarships available to all aspiring teachers, and specific opportunities for preservice Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers, including our Pearl Duncan Teaching Scholarships.


Inspiring children to reach their goals

Shirley is a proud Australian Indigenous teacher at Heatley State School in Townsville, Queensland and has been teaching for 32 years. She is proud to help all kids; especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students reach their goals.

Giving children the grounding for the rest of their life

Baressa is a proud Indigenous teacher who shares some insight into her world as Principal at Bellenden Ker State School in beautiful Far North Queensland and why she enjoys being a teacher.

Teaching is full of variety and finding out new things

Primary school teacher Gregg reflects on how teaching has given him the opportunity to share his culture while doing something he is passionate about. Gregg talks about the fun and variety he’s had during his 21-year teaching career, which has taken him around Queensland and other parts of the world.

Tammy’s journey into teaching

Tammy is a proud Australian Indigenous teacher at Bwgcoloman Community School on Palm Island in Queensland. She started her teaching journey in her forties and has been teaching for five years.

Last updated 25 November 2019