Principal Partner

University of Melbourne

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The University of Melbourne aspires to be a great Australian University. Central to this is supporting Indigenous development, to increase the impact of research for Indigenous people, enhanced by close and reciprocal working relationships with Indigenous communities. The integration of Indigenous knowledge into our teaching and learning enables our graduates to develop nuanced intellectual positions that critically engage with historical and contemporary issues in Australian society.



Department of the Environment and Energy

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The Department of Environment and Energy designs and implements Australian Government policy and programs to protect and conserve the environment, water and heritage, promote climate action, and provide adequate, reliable and affordable energy. Our shared heritage gives us understanding, and conveys the stories of, our development as a nation, our spirit and ingenuity, and our unique living landscapes. Australia is home to between 600,000 and 700,000 species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. The Australian Government is partnering with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure the protection of our environment. An important aspect of these partnerships is partnering and collaborating to ensure Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous perspectives contribute to and guide management of and policies relating to Australia’s environment. A key element for these collaborations is delivered through the National Environmental Science Program, a long-term commitment by the Australian Government to environment and climate research.

La Trobe University

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For more than 50 years, La Trobe University has been transforming people and societies. With a dual emphasis on excellence and inclusivity, we put our students at the centre of everything we do.

La Trobe is firmly entrenched in the top 400 of all three major world university rankings. In 2018, the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities placed us at 317 in the world, making La Trobe one of the fastest-rising universities over the last four years on this measure. The 2018 Times Higher Education ranking puts La Trobe at 341 in the world, while the 2018 QS ranking places us at 397 in the world.

The quality of our arts and humanities subjects is widely respected, with the Times Higher Education 2018 Rankings placing arts and humanities in the top 200. We also ranked in the 176-200 category for Life Sciences.

La Trobe is also one of the largest providers of university education in regional Victoria, with about 7,000 student enrolments at our campuses in Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura and Shepparton. Most students stay and work in their communities following graduation.

The University of Queensland

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The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions. We strive for excellence through the creation, preservation, transfer and application of knowledge. For more than a century, we have educated and worked with outstanding people to deliver knowledge leadership for a better world.


University of Technology Sydney

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Our commitment to social justice and accessibility, responsible leadership, excellence in Indigenous education and research underpins everything we do. 

Ranked Australia’s top young university by both Times Higher Education and QS, UTS is known for its practice-oriented teaching programs, focus on high impact research, and strong partnerships with industry and the professions. 

When it comes to research impact, UTS is leading the country – with nearly 80 per cent of our submitted research rated ‘high’ on impact in the 2018 national Engagement and Impact Assessment.

In particular, we are one of only six universities nationally that rates high in both impact and approach to impact for Indigenous research.

We are particularly focused on research that is Indigenous-led and has tangible positive impacts for Indigenous people. And our Indigenous research student retention is significantly above non-Indigenous students.

All of UTS’s broad research fields have been benchmarked at world standard or above – and 72 per cent of our research is classified as ‘above world standard’ or ‘well above world standard’ by the Australian Government’s 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation.

We recognise the importance of Indigenous education and knowledges for all Australians; our planned Indigenous Residential College is a leading example of our commitment to nurturing Indigenous culture and traditions. This transformative, strengths-based initiative will both inspire more Indigenous people to enter higher education and, importantly, celebrate the richness of Indigenous heritage and culture and help forge a more inclusive society.

Supporting Partners

Australian Research Council

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The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a Commonwealth entity within the Australian Government. The ARC’s purpose is to grow knowledge and innovation for the benefit of the Australian community by funding the highest quality research, assessing the quality, engagement and impact of research and providing advice on research matters.

The ARC’s National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) schemes support research led by Australian universities and eligible organisations such as AIATSIS. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers may be awarded funding for fellowships, awards, projects and large-scale hubs and centres. The Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding for research led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers—supporting excellent, internationally-competitive research by individuals and teams, including supporting research students. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers, at all career stages, can apply for fellowship and project funding under the scheme.

The ARC College of Experts plays a key role in assessment and funding recommendations and includes a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, including members nominated by AIATSIS, the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium.

In 2018, the ARC conducted the inaugural round of the Engagement and Impact (EI) assessment, covering all Australian universities in all disciplines. In a way not previously available through other evaluation mechanisms, EI reported a variety of economic, environmental, social, cultural and other impacts from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research. It also examined the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research was led, governed, owned and driven by the community with culture and collaboration at the centre. A panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders in research, business and community was appointed to conduct the assessment. 

Griffith University

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Griffith University strives to be a place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are valued and respected, and where First Australian Peoples’ cultures and knowledge form an integral part of our vision for learning, teaching, research and community engagement. 

Alongside the first Council of Elders of any Australian university, we have a very strong cohort of First Peoples’ undergraduate students and HDR candidates, and talented and committed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff working both as academics and in professional roles within key support areas including the: Office of Indigenous Community Engagement, Policy and Partnerships; GUMURRII Student Support Unit; First Peoples Health Unit; Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art; Kungullanji Undergraduate Research Program and the Indigenous Research Unit. 

The Indigenous Research Unit is committed to actively contributing to the research fabric of the University and creating an environment that fosters the sharing of Indigenous research and knowledges within the University community as a whole. 

Working together we create an active and supportive environment for our First Peoples.

Murdoch University

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Murdoch University is a globally recognised university, with an international reputation for teaching and research excellence that provides students with a quality education and respected academic standing. From our beginnings as a free-thinking university, to the global centre for learning, teaching, research and industry we are today, we have never lost sight of our purpose. At Murdoch our purpose is to be of service to our communities and apply our research, creativity, knowledge and determination to make a sustainable difference. We share a belief that the academic endeavours we engage in are undertaken to benefit current and future generations, recognising we are only temporary custodians of the world we inhabit. The many discipline areas and professional teams at Murdoch work to create positive futures for Western Australian, national and international communities. Murdoch University is ranked as one of the top 100 young universities (under 50) in the world. Having been at the forefront of Australian research for more than 40 years, Murdoch’s academics, alumni and students have led the way in uncovering some of the world’s most ground-breaking research discoveries. Welcoming new students into its ever growing global community.
Murdoch brings pioneering minds together to celebrate education and diversity and to challenge conventional thinking. With more than 23,000 students and 1,700 staff from across 90 countries, we are proud to be recognised for the impact that our free-thinking graduates, life-changing research, and innovative campus and industry developments have made and will continue to make into the future.

Looking to increase your visibility and gain access to the Indigenous research sector? Become a partner of the 2019 AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference.

University of South Australia

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The University of South Australia is Australia’s University of Enterprise. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national links to academic, research and industry partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens at ease with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous and we create new knowledge that is central to global economic and social prosperity.

Ideas: We are creating new knowledge and developing new ideas for current world issues.

Solutions: We are taking on the challenges of tomorrow by finding solutions through our world class research today.

Connections: We are partnered globally and nationally with academic, research and industry leaders to help build a vibrant and successful society.

We are a university for the 21st century.

We offer degree programs across a wide range of subjects including business, law, education, arts and social sciences, health sciences, information technology, engineering and the environment.

we deliver for students the best possible start for their future careers;
we produce graduates who are capable of identifying opportunities and contributing to a vibrant and successful society;
we partner with industry and the professions to conduct research that’s cutting-edge and relevant; and
we engage meaningfully with our community.
We believe a university's reputation is determined largely by the quality of its graduates, and we are proud that more than 90 per cent of our graduates now in full-time work are employed in professional occupations within four months of completing their degrees.

University of Sydney

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The National Centre for Cultural Competence (NCCC) aims to inform, shape and promote local, national and global cultural competence narratives, actions and capabilities. The NCCC fosters scholarship in cultural competence and provides leadership, training, research and support to the higher education sector.

The NCCC plays a strategic role within the University of Sydney, supporting the University’s goals of increasing and embedding cultural competence and the delivery of cultural competence as a graduate quality. The NCCC is a cornerstone of the University's Wingara Mura-Bunga Barrabugu Strategy, promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation throughout the University. 

The University of Sydney offers a range of initiatives to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples studying with us, including pre-tertiary outreach programs, admission pathways, scholarships and other financial support. We offer study spaces, academic workshops, ongoing tuition and accommodation support, as well as mentoring and other networks for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Become a partner

Looking to increase your visibility and gain access to the Indigenous research sector? Become a partner of the 2019 AIATSIS National Indigenous Research Conference.

Key reasons to partner

  • Raise your organisation profile with key conference participants;

  • demonstrate leadership by enabling cutting edge dialogue on critical Indigenous issues;

  • be recognised for supporting research dissemination and knowledge transfer;

  • elevate your prestige among national and international leaders in Indigenous research;

  • promotion of your organisation prior, during and after the conference ; and

  • support Indigenous people from around Australia to attend the conference as speakers, facilitators and delegates.

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Further information

Phone: 02 6246 1108

Last reviewed: 28 Nov 2019