The Dulka Yuppata Indigenous Training Centre provides support and assistance to all Indigenous students enrolled at SuniTAFE. Koorie Liaison Officers (KLO) are based at the Mildura, Swan Hill and Robinvale campuses to assist students with all aspects of their studies including arranging tutors if required. Centre staff also work in their Indigenous communities to raise awareness of SuniTAFE and programs available.
SuniTAFE offers Koorie specific courses at each campus with programs developed in consultation with the local Indigenous community.
The Dulka Yuppata Indigenous Training Centre at the Mildura Campus incorporates a gallery displaying student’s artwork and a library of Indigenous resources. A VCAL program for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous students is delivered here at the Mildura campus. Our Mildura campus Indigenous staff are housed in Dulka Yuppata Indigenous Training Centre. Dulka Yuppata means “Place of Learning.”
The Telkaya art room at our Swan Hill campus is used for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Art classes (ATSICA), plus art classes for our Certificate in General Education for Adults (CGEA) courses. Telkaya means “to improve, to be peaceful and to be well.”
A bus pick up service is provided for all Koorie students attending the Mildura and Swan Hill campuses. Arrangements can made through the KLO at either campus.
Dulka Yuppata Indigenous Training Centre and Telkaya offer Individual Learning plans to all Indigenous students.
The institute also has its own Koorie Advisory Committee (KAC)/ Local Aboriginal Education Community Group (LAECG), which provide advice on all aspects of Koorie education delivered at SuniTAFE.
The Dulka Yuppata Indigenous Training Centre has developed a number of strong partnerships with stakeholders in their relevant communities. An example is the “Learner Driver Mentor Program” through Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS). This includes a vehicle for students who have their Learner Licence and would like to build their hours to obtain their Provisional Licence.
The Dulka Yuppata Canoe Program has been run over the last 4 years in partnership with Canoe Victoria. Each summer, students undertake Basic Canoe Skills Certificate. Students can then plan their own canoe trips to obtain their Certificate. Students also have the opportunity to become Canoe guides with correct training and certificate on completion. A very active and healthy program for students.
SuniTAFE and Dulka Yuppata are proud to say that in 2016 two indigenous students studying at SuniTAFE were announced as Finalists in the Victorian Training Awards, ‘Koorie student of the year’ award category. Student Indi Clarke was announced as the winner of this award and he went on to also win the Australian Indigenous Student of the Year Award in 2016.