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.
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
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.
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)