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Date:June 05, 2013

PM supports PTS

PM-PTSFrom left: Karen Gurruwiwi, The Honourable Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia, Jessica Smith and Ayden Allan

Prime Minister Julia Gillard officially opened the $30 million Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) on Friday 26 April at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in Darwin. Supported by the Australian Government, the collaborative venture between Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and CDU focuses on Indigenous Higher Education needs and is the largest building of its type in an Australian university.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard said in her speech that the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success course for Indigenous people will give those returning to the education system the skills and confidence to achieve the best possible results at university.

Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) Indigenous students Karen Gurruwiwi, Jessica Smith and Ayden Allan live in Darwin and attend the course at Casuarina, and were introduced to Julia Gillard during the opening event.

PTS student Karen said, “The PTS course is very challenging and it is helping me to gain more academic skills for future studies. The course is also giving me a lot of courage to stand with confidence.”

Another PTS student Jessica added “PTS has given me the confidence to achieve my bachelor degree in teaching. It has shown me ways to better my learning and also how to use my time effectively.”

“Indigenous students can get started on their pathways to Higher Education by studying Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS), a free program especially designed for Indigenous students to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to be successful at university.’ Adrian Mitchell – Batchelor Institute Director

Successful completion of PTS will give students the minimum entry requirements for most Diploma and Bachelor programs at the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) (Batchelor Institute and Charles Darwin University (CDU)) and universities in South Australia.

The aim of ACIKE is to provide a shared facility for the delivery of a specific range of Higher Education and Post Graduate study options which provide education pathways designed to better meet the needs of Indigenous Australia. Courses are also available for non-Indigenous students.

The Institute has a free call line to assist Indigenous people to find out more about Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS): 1800 677 095 or visit The friendly Student Support staff are always there to help students.

Alternatively you can contact ACIKE directly on Freecall1800 061 963 or email:

PTS Facebook page provides the opportunities for Indigenous students to:

  • Create a positive self-image by putting their best qualities to their friends and lecturers
  • Make connections with other Indigenous students
  • Share information about the course
  • Post and receive messages from other students and lecturers
  • View pictures and videos