RATEP - Community based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Teacher Education Program

""Available Queensland wide - selected sites

The RATEP program helps increase the number of registered Indigenous teachers and paraprofessionals in Queensland by offering programs in the home communities of the student teachers.

Previously operating only in remote areas, RATEP now reflects a broad community base, including Indigenous communities in urban and rural areas in Queensland as well as remote areas.

RATEP centres are based at 15 school communities in Queensland, where teacher coordinators support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student teachers to become autonomous learners as they complete teaching qualifications.

More than 100 students at these centres are currently enrolled in TAFE Queensland North (TQN) Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma courses, and more than 30 are enrolled in the Bachelor of Education course at James Cook University (JCU).

Course information

RATEP offers 4 courses through the TAFE Queensland North (TQN) and James Cook University (JCU). Course candidate selection is based on criteria related to personal and academic suitability.

TAFE Queensland North (TQN)

TQN offers Certificates 3 and 4 in Education (ATSI) and a Diploma of Education (ATSI). 
Certificate 3 is usually a 6month course offered over 2 years to Year 11 and 12 students at high schools where RATEP centres operate, e.g. Mossman, Thursday Island and Mt Isa.

Certificate 4 is usually a 6-month course but is offered over 9 months to teacher aides as an on-the-job training program.  

Under the RATEP partnership, the Diploma of Education is equal to first year of the JCU Bachelor of Education and is offered to successful applicants who complete an assessment. Find out more about the TQN RATEP courses​.

James Cook University (JCU)

JCU offers a Bachelor of Education, which is an additional 3 years of study. You can enrol if you have completed the Diploma in Education through TQN or have equivalent accreditation from JCU for previous study. Find out more about the JCU RATEP course.


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Increased teaching opportunities for Indigenous senior students

TAFE Certificate III in Education will be available to Indigenous students in Years 11 and 12 in 2017. Regardless of where they live, next year Indigenous senior school students can enrol in a Certificate III in Education course through TAFE Queensland North. Students who complete the course can earn eight points towards their QCE. For applications and enquiries about RATEP, contact Leigh Payne on (07) 4120 9365 or email: lpayn55@eq.edu.au. Please also view the Certificate III information sheet (PDF, 166KB) and 2017 Certificate III flyer (PDF, 414KB) for more details.

Subsidised education course now available

Greater access and subsidies to RATEP’s Certificate IV in Education course is now offered to Indigenous DoE school personnel. The program is particularly designed for quality Teacher Assistants (TAs) or aides, who are recommended by their Principal for further study and are living and working in a location that does not have access to a current RATEP site. 

This off-site program allows students to study in any Queensland community where there is no RATEP site. Students will be supported by phone, email, online e-sessions and via other study components by the off-site Teacher Coordinator, who is based in Maryborough. For more information please view the Certificate IV in Education information sheet (PDF, 328KB)​.

Indigenous teacher education reaches 25 year milestone

This year RATEP celebrates 25 years of supporting greater access to higher education for Indigenous people, as well as increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teachers in Queensland schools. Read more >

RATEP profiles

​Over the last 25 years RATEP have produced many success stories.

 Justin Washington


 Related information

RATEP is a joint partnership between:
  • Department of Education
  • TAFE Queensland North (TQN)
  • James Cook University (JCU) in partnership with Indigenous community representatives
  • Torres Strait Islanders' Regional Education Council (TSIRECC).
RATEP offers the following courses:
  • Certificate III in Education (Year 11 and 12 where a RATEP centre exists)
  • Certificate IV in Education
  • Diploma of Education
  • Bachelor of Education.
Last updated
23 March 2018