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Indigenous Research Exchange

AIATSIS is committed to ensuring greater involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in setting research priorities, leading projects and determining the appropriate collection and use of data about communities.

There is currently an abundance of data and research that is not accessible nor translatable for use by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In February 2017, the Prime Minister announced a whole-of-government research and evaluation strategy for policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the 9th Closing the Gap Statement.

As part of this announcement, the Australian Government provisioned $10 million over three years for the establishment of an Indigenous Research Fund. AIATSIS administers the Fund through the Indigenous Research Exchange (the Exchange).

Delivering Indigenous Data Sovereignty

Presented by Maggie Walter FASSA

Palawa woman, Indigenous Research Exchange Advisory Board Member and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Tasmania and founding member of the Maiam Nayn Wingarra Indigenous Data Sovereignty and the Global Indigenous Data Alliance presents Delivering Indigenous Data Sovereignty.

  • The Exchange grant program

    The Exchange grant program provides grant opportunities that identify and fund projects that:

    • Support high quality Indigenous led research.
    • Improve the accessibility and availability of quality robust research and evidence based solutions.
    • Support organisations (outside of research bodies) to participate in research activities that will have relevance and impact beyond the community and project.
  • Grant program objectives

    The objectives of the Indigenous Research Exchange Grants Program are:

    1. Connect people, data, ideas and evidence
    2. Translate, synthesise, and disseminate evidence and data
    3. Make research findings more accessible, more contestable and more useable
    4. Shape research agendas
    5. Promote good practice and use of evidence
  • Grant program outcomes

    The intended outcome of the Indigenous Research Exchange Grants Program is to build the evidence base to support Indigenous decision making and policy design through system changing and impact driven projects led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    AIATSIS will ensure that the Grant Program outcome is met by funding a diverse range of research projects that contribute towards the following Program objectives:

    • All projects funded by the program will have strong Indigenous leadership.
    • The projects will represent the highest quality in approach and ethics.
    • Funded projects will have relevance and impact beyond the community or project.
    • Outputs of the projects will be translated into forms that are accessible by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and policy makers to inform decision making.
    • Outputs of the projects will add to the evidence and data available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and policy makers in accordance with the highest standards for recognition and protection of Indigenous cultural and intellectual property.
    • Outputs of the project will be made available on the Knowledge Exchange Platform where culturally appropriate, and required permissions has been given, by both the grantee and respective ICIP holders.
  • Exchange Advisory Board

    The Indigenous Research Exchange Advisory Board (the Advisory Board) provides strategic guidance to the Grants Program and ensures the outcomes and objectives are achieved. Each funding year the Advisory Board will establish priorities for the Program based on engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples.