Certificate II in Aboriginal and-or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care


Course Overview

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This qualification covers workers who undertake a range of tasks under direct supervision to support the provision of health care services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients. This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health work is an emerging area of work and occupational titles for those working in this area vary according to jurisdictional and workplace requirements.

At this level, workers may be trainee Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health workers, working as assistants in a rural or urban environment, or they may deliver limited health care services to clients living in communities that are isolated from mainstream health services.


This qualification is intended to:

  • Support the recognition of basic levels of skill and knowledge held by Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people undertaking health-related work in community contexts.
  • Recognise competence for those who choose to exit at Certificate II due to constraints such as literacy/numeracy.
  • The Certificate II qualification is a means for encouraging the early development of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander health workers as it:

  • provides an entry point for workers with limited English literacy and numeracy
  • provides guidance for trainers and employers preparing people for a range of work roles in Primary Health Care working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities (i.e. as a 'pre-vocational' qualification)
  • is suitable for delivery through VET in Schools programs
  • However, the Certificate II qualification may not have work outcomes in all jurisdictions.

    Literacy/numeracy requirements

    At Certificate II level, English literacy/numeracy requirements may be minimal if there are in place workplace communication systems and/or tools that allow Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander workers to communicate effectively with mainstream workers as well as with the communities they service.

    To be assessed as competent at this level, workers may demonstrate their communication skills by effective use of workplace communication systems and tools.

    Assessment methods must reflect the actual skills and knowledge defined in each unit of competency. Assessment tasks involving literacy and numeracy must only be used in so far as the same level of literacy/numeracy is required to perform the function being assessed.

    Work application

    To be assessed as competent in this qualification, individual workers need to undertake supervised work placements and/or simulated practical application of skills and knowledge. Individuals must demonstrate consistency of performance over time to achieve competency outcomes.

    The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

    All workers undertaking work in health need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Health Training Package.

    Student Outcomes

    Students who graduate from VET courses are surveyed approximately 6 months after they have completed their training. For more information on the statistics provided in this section, including the different levels (course, field of education, all fields of education) of data available please select the Learn more button below.

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    Satisfied with Training

    Percentage of graduates in the Health field who were satisfied with the training (Certificate II).

    Improved Work Status

    Percentage of graduates in the Health field who started/expanded a business or who have a new job, more highly skilled work, a promotion or higher pay (Certificate II).


    The middle of the range of salaries earned by graduates in the Health field starting their first ever full-time job after graduating (Certificate II).


    Graduates of the Health field (Certificate II) are most often employed as:

    Sales Workers


    Sales Workers
    Community and Personal Service Workers


    Community and Personal Service Workers
    Technicians and Trades Workers


    Technicians and Trades Workers


    Graduates of the Health field (Certificate II) are most often employed in:

    Accommodation and Food Services


    Accommodation and Food Services
    Retail Trade


    Retail Trade
    Health Care and Social Assistance


    Health Care and Social Assistance

    All statistics are supplied by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

    Financial Assistance

    The federal, state and territory governments provide financial incentives and support for vocational education and training students to help them gain the skills required to secure and maintain rewarding and sustainable employment.

    There are programs for all kinds of students; apprentices and trainees, new job starters, those re-entering the workforce, retraining for a new job or upgrading their skills for an existing job.


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    Subsidised Training

    State and territory governments dedicate funds to reduce or, in some cases, fully cover tuition fees for VET students who wish to study certain courses.
    Unfortunately, no subsidies are currently available for this course.

    VET Student Loans

    Certain courses are eligible for a VET Student Loan from the Australian Government to assist students with paying tuition fees. The initial debt amount (including the loan fee, if applicable) plus indexation must be paid back once the loan recipient starts earning over a certain amount. Compulsory repayment threshold information is available on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

    Australian Apprenticeships

    Australian Apprenticeships (also known as apprenticeships and traineeships) combine work with training in a nationally recognised qualification. Australian Apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age and offer opportunities to learn new skills and be paid in over 500 different jobs.

    Unfortunately, this qualification is not currently available as an Australian Apprenticeship.

    Australian Apprenticeships Pathways

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