Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE)

2016
Finalist
Northern Territory

Batchelor Institute is unique in Australia’s educational landscape as its only First Nations comprehensive tertiary education provider. The Institute has fifteen campuses; the main campus situated in the remote town of Batchelor, 100 kilometres south of Darwin, the second in Alice Springs and 13 regional campuses located throughout the NT.

Batchelor currently delivers 49 qualifications to a student cohort of over 3,000 of which 95 per cent are Aboriginal, 70 per cent live in remote and very remote communities and 72 per cent speak an Aboriginal language as their first language. A staff of 353, of whom over one third are Aboriginal, support Batchelor’s students. Half of the senior management of the organisation is also Aboriginal.

In 2015, 710 Aboriginal students completed a qualification and this will rise to nearly 800 in 2016. The Institute’s training footprint continues to expand with International provision into Timor-Leste. Batchelor Institute’s training is grounded in a ‘Both-ways’ learning philosophy, where an Aboriginal lens is applied to better interpret a Western educational learning paradigm.