Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (generally known as Batchelor Institute and formerly known as Batchelor College) provides training and further education, and higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is based in Kungarakan and Warai country, in Batchelor, Northern Territory in Australia.[1]

Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
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Batchelor (main campus)
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13°02′53″S 131°01′59″E / 13.048°S 131.033°E / -13.048; 131.033Coordinates: 13°02′53″S 131°01′59″E / 13.048°S 131.033°E / -13.048; 131.033

Batchelor Institute is classified as a 'Table A' tertiary education provider. Like an increasing number of universities, Batchelor Institute is a dual-sector institution, providing Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training courses. The Institute is the first Indigenous-controlled higher education institution in Australia. It is also unusual in that most of its students are over 30 years of age, and a high proportion of its students are female.


Batchelor Institute began in the mid-1960s as an annex of Kormilda College, a residential school for Aboriginal students on the outskirts of Darwin, Northern Territory. Short training programs were provided for Aboriginal teacher aides and assistants in community schools. In 1973 the Commonwealth government allowed Indigenous communities to determine the educational approach they wanted for their children, including bilingual education.[1]

In 1974, the college moved to Batchelor (100 kilometres south of Darwin). It has been at its present site since 1982.

A community-based teacher education program established at Yirrkala in 1976, was later extended to become the Remote Area Teacher Education (RATE) program, and in 1986 Batchelor College entered into a partnership with Deakin University (Melbourne) to deliver a teaching qualification known as Deakin Batchelor Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (DBATE).[2]

A second campus of the college was established in Alice Springs in 1990 to address the educational needs of Aboriginal people from Central Australia. Other annexes were opened in Darwin, Nhulunbuy, Katherine and Tennant Creek.[3]

The Commonwealth Government recognised Batchelor College as an accredited independent higher education institution through the Higher Education Funding Act 1988. This meant that BIITE could issue its own degrees and other tertiary qualifications without outside involvement, in the same way as universities, and also be funded like them.

The college was granted autonomy as a public sector agency in 1995. It became independent under Northern Territory legislation on 1 July 1999.

Campuses and annexesEdit

Batchelor Institute has 15 locations throughout the Northern Territory.

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  1. ^ a b Huijser, Henk (2015). Finding common ground : narratives, provocations and reflections from the 40 year celebration of Batchelor Institute. Ober, Robyn, O'Sullivan, Sandy, McRae-Williams, Eva, Elvin, Ruth, White, Leon. Batchelor, NT: Batchelor Press. pp. iv. ISBN 978-1-74131-309-3. OCLC 933225399.
  2. ^ den Hollander, Jane (5 June 2013). "Statement by Deakin University following the death of graduate Dr M Yunupingu". Deakin University News. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  3. ^ De Vries, Susanna (2005). Great pioneer women of the outback. Harper Collins.

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