The AIATSIS Act (1989) mandates AIATSIS to provide leadership in the field of ethics and protocols for research related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and collections. The AIATSIS ethics framework is underpinned by the Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS).
Developed twenty years ago, GERAIS has established itself as representing the highest standards for ethical research and has been adopted nation-wide by many institutions as a practical guide to comply with the best standards of ethical research regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies. GERAIS aims to improve the standards of engagement and benefits that research can offer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
AIATSIS is committed to ensuring GERAIS reflects developments in critical areas that have emerged since previous additions. As part of this commitment AIATSIS is reviewing GERAIS.