We care for a growing collection of more than 1 million items encompassing films, photographs, audio recordings, art and objects, printed and other resource materials.
We conduct research to the highest ethical standards, directly benefiting the communities we work with.
We publish award-winning books and content that engages people with the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.
Our partnerships span the globe, including government, academic, corporate, cultural and community sectors.
Our unique and dynamic convergence of knowledge, resources and expertise enable us to tell the nation's story and enhance the lives of all Australians.
'We understand ourselves through places like AIATSIS. Through places like AIATSIS, we can wake up the people with knowledge… There might be precious mysteries to help us understand ourselves again. We can look to the past to find our way.' — Wanta Jampijinpa Pawu-Kurlpurlurnu (Steve Jampijinpa Patrick), Lajamanu, NT
AIATSIS: a reflection of history
AIATSIS is an Indigenous-led, national institute that celebrates, educates and inspires people from all walks of life to connect with the knowledge, heritage and cultures of Australia’s First Peoples.