Annual Report 2017-2018

2 Nov 2018

The AIATSIS Annual Report 2017-2018 is now available.

Craig Ritchie Cathy McGowan MP Trevor Evans MP

AIATSIS Strategic Plan to shape Australian identity

15 Oct 2018

AIATSIS unveiled its Strategic Plan 2018-2023 at an event hosted by the Parliamentary Friends of AIATSIS in Canberra Monday, 15 October,...

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Indigenous Youth in Governance Masterclass

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

In November 2018, the Australian Indigenous Governance Institute (AIGI) in partnership with AIATSIS and Reconciliation Australia (RA) and

Digital Preservation for Everyone - World Digital Preservation Day Seminar

Thursday, 29 November 2018

To celebrate World Digital Preservation Day, AIATSIS is&nb

A Rare Pine Needle and Raffia Mat by Marilyne Nicholls

A Rare Pine Needle & Raffia Mat by Marilyne Nicholls

16 Nov 2018

In 2016, AIATSIS acquired a tiny woven object only 16cm in diameter for our Art and

Postcard sent by Private Daniel ‘Dan’ Cooper to his sister Sally Russell – ‘to my dear sister’, 1917, Jackomos Collection, JACKOMOS.A03.CS-000110193.

Remembrance Day 2018

11 Nov 2018

AIATSIS pays our respects to Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders who served and died in all wars.

Keeping our AV cogs turning

Keeping our AV cogs turning

27 Oct 2018

Our engineering section archives and maintains the devices and ancillary machines that are needed to play back the sound and vision



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Finding your family

We can help you with your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history search.

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Use the collection

There are many ways to use the AIATSIS collection, and they don't all involve visiting us in Canberra.

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Native Title and land ownership

We protect the Native Title and traditional ownership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through research and policy advice.

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AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia

The map depicts the language, tribal or nation groups of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.

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Indigenous Australian flags

The history behind the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag.

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"The role of AIATSIS is important because it is the major repository for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and societies ... to make sure not only that these things are preserved and maintained and looked after, but are available for future generations."

Professor Michael (Mick) Dodson AM, former Chairperson, AIATSIS Council