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Wundju Koolark - welcome home

We are situated on the land of the Whadjuk Noongar people, the Noongar people remain the traditional peoples and cultural custodians of their land.

Welcome to Koolark, Centre for Aboriginal Students at North Metropolitan TAFE. Koolark means Home in the Noongar language. At Koolark we provide support for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.NMT_locationMAP-Whadjuk-01.png

Acknowledgment of Country 


Koolark would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land which all North Metropolitan TAFE campuses are located on, the Noongar (Perth region) people. Koolark wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

Watch our video to find out more about the Koolark Centre.

Student support

Come and have a yarn

Koolark - Northbridge

Located at 30 Aberdeen Street, Koolark is a meeting place for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Our support officers assist with information in a range of areas to do with your studies including:

  • Course enquiries
  • Facilities
  • Fees payments and installment plans
  • Referrals to external support agencies
  • Pathway opportunities.

Other services include:

  • Mentoring
  • Advice on courses and scholarships
  • Community information and orientation sessions
  • Study facilities and study groups
  • Access to indigenous specific educational programs
  • Opportunities for non-indigenous students to enhance their professional knowledge and cultural competence.

We provide access to computers, internet, kitchen facilities, workshop facilities, whiteboard, data projector, student lounge and student mentors. 

Yellagonga - Joondalup

Join us at 35 Kendrew Cr, Joondalup and we’ll sit down over a cuppa and find out where you’re at, where you’re from, what you are looking to do, and then work out the best way for you to get there. You need to make sure that TAFE is the right place for you and that you choose a course that's right for you. 

Call us to have a chat. We look forward to meeting you.

Yellagonga is equipped with:

  • Wireless internet
  • Whiteboard,
  • Tea and coffee making facilities
  • Television and DVD player
  • Tables and chairs for group or individual work activities.

Download our Koolark support brochure

Specialised training and courses

If you're an Aboriginal community or organisation, North Metropolitan TAFE can provide specialised training and services that can be shaped and personalised to suit your every need. 

We also offer more popular and favoured courses and qualifications including, building and construction, cultural tourism, education and community services, and health to name but a few.

Aboriginal Police Traineeship
Are you of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, aged 17 or over and want to make a difference in your community?
Want to get paid to train and earn a nationally accredited qualification?
Then be the one to stepforward and get a firsthand view of the dynamic and exciting world of policing.

As a trainee, you will develop fantastic workplace skills, under the guidance of experienced Police Officers. You will gain exposure to a range of unique policing activities and get a true taste of what it means to be part of the WA Police Force family.

You will receive important job related training and will also attend formal class based training provided in partnership with North Metropolitan TAFE. You will be supported throughout your learning journey and will have access to mentors to assist you in reaching your career goals.

Successful applicants will receive a 12-month contract with a possible extension to 24-months, a competitive salary, uniform, shift allowances and generous leave entitlements.
Limited positions are available in metropolitan and regional locations, so don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this exciting program which will commence July 2019 and early 2020.

For further information and to download an application form, visit WA Police Force Recruiting or contact Police Recruiting, Amy Hand on (08) 9301 9735 or Mickailee Khan on (08) 9301 9514 and an application form can be sent to you.


Deadly jobs

As an Aboriginal person or Torres Strait Islander looking to get into training, find employment or further your career you'll find there's plenty of culturally sensitive services to help you get on the right track.  

Jobs and Skills Centre

Your local Jobs and Skills Centre has experience helping  jobseekers in Western Australia choose a training course or find their career path and employment.

You can visit your local Jobs and Skills Centre for free advice and information on training and employment. 

The Centre can advise you regarding:

  • Career information and guidance
  • Training and course information
  • Help with job searching and job matching
  • Skills and qualification recognition information
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship assistance
  • Culturally sensitive employment and career service.

North Metropolitan TAFE has a Jobs and Skills Centre at the Balga campus, Joondalup (Kendrew Cres) campus, Midland campus and Perth (Northbridge) campus.

Deadly Jobs Board

Aboriginal job seekers can also search the Deadly Jobs Board to find employment opportunities.

Our success stories

"I was really trying to find something that I could do career-wise. Deep down in my heart and soul I knew that it was art that I wanted to do, so I decided to do it."

— Anthea Corbett Certificate IV in Visual Arts

2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year

For more success stories of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and other student ambassadors, please visit our YouTube site.






Koolark mentors are available to meet with you at your campus.

How we can help you:

  • Cultural support
  • Mentoring
  • Course enquiries and training pathways
  • Advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Provides support with staff/lecturers and students
  • Referral to external and internal support services.


Cultural knowledge


Cultural protocols

Protocols are the standards of behavior that people use to show respect to each other. Every culture has different ways of communicating.

A Welcome to Country ceremony is an acknowledgment and recognition of the rights of Noongar peoples traditional country. It is an acknowledgement of the past and provides a safe passage for visitors and a mark of respect.

The South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) provides a comprehensive set of Noongar protocols for Welcome to Country ceremonies on Noongar Land. 
Living Culture - Living Land and its people 

Useful links


Reconciliation Action Plan

Artwork by Anthea Corbett
Whadjuk Wongee (Perth Talk) | Our 'Culture' past, present and future being connected through language.
© Anthea Corbett 
Our commitment

North Metropolitan TAFE’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) enhances our existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Strategy and annual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Training Plan.

The RAP reflects our commitment to provide every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student with a quality training program delivered with cultural integrity and professional commitment — providing pathways into further education and/or employment opportunities.

RAP 2017-2019


Cultural learnings


Learn our language

Here are just a few commonly used Noongar words and phrases. For a more comprehensive list, you may want to see the Noongar Dictionary by Rose Whitehurst.

English phrase Noongar translation
Welcome. Wundju.
Hello. Kaya!
What’s your name? Naatj noonan kwerl?
My name is ____. Nganyang kwerl _____.
How are you? Noonook moorditj?
I’m well. Ngany moorditj.
We are happy. Nguny djurapin.
Where do you live? Windji noonook nyininy?
I live in Perth. Ngany Perth-ak nyininy.
Family. Moort.
Who is your family? Ngiyan noonan moort?
My family is ______. Nganyang moort ______.
Who is your mother? Ngiyanaa noonan Ngaangk?
My mother is ______. Nganyang Ngaangk baal ______.
How many children do you have? Ngalan koolangka noonook baranginy?
I have three children. Ngany daambart koolangka barang.
What do you like to do? Naatj djoorabiny noonook warniny?
I like to play basketball. Ngany djoorabiny badjedborl waabiny.
Why are you here? Naadjil noonook nidja?



Noongar seasons
Banksia lo res.jpg Birak | first summer 
December | January 
Hot and dry
Season of the young
Ghost Gums lo res.jpg Bunuru | second summer 
February | March 
Hottest part of the year
Season of adolescence
Bullrushes lo res.jpg Djeran | autumn 
April | May
Cooler weather begins
Season of adulthood
Blueberry Lily lo res.jpg Makuru | winter 
June | July
Wettest part of the year
Fertility season
Acacia lo res.jpg Djilba | first spring 
August | September
Coldest part of the year
Season of conception
Kangaroo Paw lo res.jpg Kambarang | second spring 
October | November
Height of the wildflower season.
Season of birth


Noongar groups

Noongar people are the traditional owners of the south-west of Western Australia and have been for over 45,000 years. 

Noongar boodja (country) extends from north of Jurien Bay, inland to north of Moora and down to the southern coast between Bremer Bay and east of Esperance. It is defined by 14 different areas with varied geography and 14 dialectal groups.

This Noongar groups map is courtesy of South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.


Aboriginal Australia map

This map shows names and regions of Aboriginal Australia.



Contact us

Student Liaison Officer at Koolark
T  9428 0340

























Page last updated November 06, 2020