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Who are we

The Pilbara Universities Centre (PUC) is a not-for-profit education support service for current and aspiring students undertaking University education within the Pilbara region.
We are a community organisation and facility focused on promoting the values of education and advocating in the best interest of all regional students and the region’s development.

The PUC provides a unique learning environment through which students gain access to educational support, application and enrollment assistance, guidance on courses and pathways, connections with local industry, comfortable and modern facilities to study and connect with other students, as well as administrative and student support.

The PUC works alongside councils, local businesses and industry to bring University opportunities to local Pilbara communities.

Tertiary education and Pilbara living do not need to be mutually exclusive

Where are we

Karratha Campus


The Quarter

Level 1, 20 Sharpe Avenue

Karratha  WA  6714


Monday   Closed (By appointment only)

Tuesday – Thursday   9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Friday   9.00 am – 2:00 pm

Port Hedland Study Hub


The Web Business Hub

18 Edgar Street

Port Hedland  WA  6721


Monday – Friday   8.30 am – 5:00 pm

Why are we here

There is no university in the Pilbara.  The nearest university is approximately 1,600 km away in Perth.

TAFE is well represented with campuses and a presence in Port Hedland, Karratha, Newman and Tom Price.  To study at university students must either leave the Pilbara or study online.

Our Mission

To promote and support tertiary education in the Pilbara to all residents irrespective of their age or background, providing the opportunity for people to stay in the region longer without having to leave their families, friends, homes or jobs in the pursuit of a University qualification.

The Pilbara Region

The Pilbara Universities Centre is located in the Pilbara, Western Australia.

A region with approximately 62,000 residents spread across some of the most remote towns in Western Australia.  The Pilbara Universities Centre was established mid-way through 2019 to provide support for nearly 1,000 students studying university in the region.

The Pilbara region accounts for 30% of all resources in Australia including iron ore, LNG, alumina, natural gas and LPG, crude oil & condensate, gold, nickel, base metals, mineral sands, and coal and the region is known as the ‘economic powerhouse’ of Australia.

The PUC supports 16 towns across the region.  Our driving distances range from:

  • Karratha campus to Port Hedland study hub: 236 km (2hr 30min drive)
  • Karratha campus to Newman: 611 km (6hr drive)
  • Karratha campus to Paraburdoo: 545 km (5hr 30min drive)

The Pilbara region equates to 2/3 the area of NSW, twice the size of Victoria and five times the size of Tasmania.

Distances from Perth

  • Perth to Newman: 1,182 km (12hr 56min drive or 1hr 40min flight)
  • Perth to Onslow: 1,387 km (14hr 25min drive or 1hr 50min flight)
  • Perth to Karratha: 1,531 km (15hr 49min drive or 2hr flight)
  • Perth to  Port Hedland: 1,635 km (17hr 39min drive or 2hr flight)