Helping people to help themselves: a study of training issues for Aboriginal women and their remote communities in Central Australia

1 Jun 2005


This reports presents research findings into the knowledge and aspirations of vocational education and training (VET) held by Central Australian Indigenous women leaders. It identifies and reviews some current initiatives to improve access and participation for women in remote Aboriginal communities in the region.

The project is based upon the perceptions of women in Central Australia who are:

  • Training participants: Aboriginal women undertaking training in a unit of the Certificate IV Training and Assessment in order to gain employment as Training Nintiringtjaku (community training facilitators)
  • Advocates and decision-makers: Aboriginal women on the Management Committee of Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Association, representing their remote community and the concerns of communities across the Central Australian region
  • Training providers: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal staff of two Aboriginal Registered Training Organisations: Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi (Waltja) and the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)

The research data comprises publications and interview texts on training needs and issues for Aboriginal women in Central Australia, compiled from 1993 to the present. Commentary is also provided upon the implementation of the National Strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in vocational education and training, and upon other policies and initiatives by the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments.

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