• WA yokels say ‘we’re Sorry, but we ain’t flyin’ no flag’

    May 26, 2016
    Local councillors from one of Western Australia’s most unsettled communities have voted not to fly the Aboriginal flag during NAIDOC week. Carnarvon Shire president Karl Brandenburg told ABC 720’s Geoff Hutchison this morning – ironically, on [...]
  • Labor hamstrung in hunt for Nova’s Senate replacement

    May 25, 2016
    The hunt is on for Nova Peris’s Northern Territory replacement, but Labor’s affirmative action policy will cause headaches for strategists hoping to quickly fill the Senate vacancy in the middle of an election. In a shock [...]
  • Exclusive: Rio’s $200 million Ice Age headache

    May 16, 2016
    Mining colossus Rio Tinto may be forced to redesign its $200 million Western Turner Syncline iron ore expansion after archaeologists uncovered “exceptionally rare” artefacts in a remote Pilbara rock shelter showing continuous Aboriginal occupation dating back [...]
  • NSW mob back Baird over Bowraville retrial

    May 11, 2016
    The NSW Aboriginal Land Council has welcomed Premier Mike Baird’s commitment to refer an application for the retrial of a suspect in the Bowraville murder case to an independent assessment. NSWALC Chair Roy Ah-See said [...]
  • Kimberley axe find stuns ANU archaeologists

    May 11, 2016
    Fragments from the world’s oldest-known ground-edge axe found in WA’s Kimberley show early indigenous Australians were technological innovators, say archaeologists. The axe fragment was found at Carpenter’s Gap, one of the oldest known habitation sites [...]

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  • Katrina closing in on the Great Aussie dream

    May 20, 2016
    For years Katrina Radburn West thought the great Australian dream of home ownership would be forever out of reach. “I’ve always worked in the field of Aboriginal Health as it is my passion to improve [...]
  • Alice in Wonderland over her ancestry

    April 26, 2016
    My name is Alice, I’m 23-years old, indigenous and proud of it. I live in Holland. My mum was adopted and her parents brought her here when she was nine. I’ve since met my beautiful family [...]
  • Phillipa’s talking to the animals

    March 18, 2016
    Phillipa Dhagapan is an Animal Management Worker (AMW) working for the East Arnhem Regional Council.  Animal Management Workers support the council’s veterinary services and provide expertise on dog health and management to the local community. [...]
  • From bush to beauty queen

    March 11, 2016
    My name is Jenayah Elliott, and I am a Jaru girl from the Kimberley. I am 17 and originally from Halls Creek, but currently living in Perth with my mum. I’m attending Penrhos College All [...]
  • A life in the saddle

    March 4, 2016
    Wik Mungkan elder Willie Lawrence has spent the best part of 60 years working as a cattleman across Cape York. At 78, and with sight in just one eye, he’s still in the saddle. In [...]




  • Empowering mural celebrates community health milestone

    April 15, 2016
    An extraordinary mural marking the 20th anniversary of the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation has been unveiled in downtown Collingwood. The mural showcases 20 years of advancement and achievement in Victorian Aboriginal health and [...]
  • Danielle takes a stand to close the gap

    March 25, 2016
    Indigenous medical student Danielle Dries is playing a leading role in the 9,000-strong National Rural Health Student Network. As the network’s Indigenous Health Officer, this proud Kaurna woman from South Australia advocates for positive change [...]
  • Hollows team revisits Fred’s old stomping ground

    March 21, 2016
    The extraordinary work of the Fred Hollows Foundations continues unabated, with two major milestones being celebrated this year as the organisation continues its work across the back blocks of Australia. It’s been 25 years since [...]


  • Ghenoa takes out prestigious Keir Award

    May 10, 2016
    Ghenoa Gela’s work, ‘Fragments of Malungoka – Women of the Sea’ has won her the prestigious 2016 Keir Choreographic Award. The Sydney-based choreographer, a proud Torres Strait Islander, won the sought-after award from three other [...]
  • How to win thousands by dancing the House down

    April 29, 2016
    One of Australia’s most successful Indigenous dance competitions is back this year after a stunning 2015 debut. Dance Rites, the Sydney Opera House’s groundbreaking Indigenous dance competition, has sparked great interest across the country and [...]
  • Dancing from the hidden Holocaust; Stephen Page on 25 years at Bangarra

    February 1, 2016
    Ochres – Bangarra 2015 – Tara Robertson – Photo by Edward Mulvihill.         Stephen Page was a cocky and confident 26-year-old when he took over as artistic director of what has grown [...]


  • Past and present key to unlocking language mysteries

    April 12, 2016
    Sydney researchers are using century-old survey data to help unlock the locations and meaning of Indigenous Australian place names across the country. The State Library of NSW’s Weemala (“Big Lookout”) Project is an interactive experiment [...]
  • Sydney turns to Gadigal language names

    March 24, 2016
    Historic buildings in Green Square and a network of wetlands in Sydney Park will be renamed with Aboriginal words in a move the City of Sydney hopes will bring our first language back into everyday [...]


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  • T.I. artists learn the forgotten value of intellectual property

    May 10, 2016
    Artists and cultural workers from across the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area have been briefed up on one of the most empowering but often forgotten aspects to their crafts – intellectual property. A recent [...]
  • Woolies commits to doubling Indigenous workforce

    April 29, 2016
    Woolworths has committed to almost doubling its Indigenous workforce over the next three years as part of an initiative supported by the Federal Government. Woolworths Limited CEO, Brad Banducci, and Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator [...]
  • From little things big things grow

    April 27, 2016
    South Australia’s Wilpena Pound Resort has had its first group of Indigenous graduates complete their training, much to the delight of Adnyamathanha Traditional Lands Association (ATLA). “This is an important day, we were told this [...]





  • Cairns cranks up for art, dance and fashion feast

    May 11, 2016
    The highly-acclaimed Cairns Indigenous Art Fair has launched this year’s program, with Artistic Director Janina Harding creating a broad-ranging program taking in dance, music, film, and fashion. Welcoming crowds of more than 50,000 visitors last year, the [...]
  • Dion has designs on a winning uniform

    April 25, 2016
    A growing Indigenous design business has been awarded a contract to provide ceremonial uniforms for the upcoming First World War Centenary commemorations on the Western Front. Darkies Designs, established in 2010 by Dion Devow who [...]
  • Indigenous designers herald a coming of age

    March 4, 2016
    When garments by Aboriginal designers along with those by Torres Strait Islanders, Canada’s First Nations, Native American Indians, New Zealand Maoris and the Pacific Island nations hit the catwalk, it will be the first time [...]


  • Rapper, weaver and teacher clean up Oz Council art awards

    May 28, 2016
    A weaver, a cultural development teacher and a rapper have taken out the Australia Council’s 2016 National Indigenous Arts Awards. The winners were announced last night at a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House. The [...]
  • In the spirit of ‘Old Lady Barangaroo’

    April 29, 2016
    Two award-winning Indigenous artists have been commissioned to tell the stories of Aboriginal women in and around the Barangaroo precinct area and create a multi-media experience that will capture the rich Indigenous history of Sydney. [...]

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  • Coal deal stokes Rachel’s ambitions

    April 26, 2016
    An agreement between Wyong Coal and Guringai Tribal Link Aboriginal Corporation (Guringai TLAC) is delivering increased educational opportunities for the NSW Central Coast indigenous community, with the first of four tertiary scholarships being announced. Rachel [...]
  • Cape York classroom welcomes mums, bubs in Australian first

    April 11, 2016
    The Cape York Girl Academy has welcomed its first teenage students – and their babies – in an Australian first that brings young Indigenous mums back into the classroom. The school at Wangetti, north of [...]
  • Crowdfunding push to stem Indigenous brain drain

    April 7, 2016
    The University of Newcastle has launch its first crowdfunding campaign to create an Indigenous Science Communication scholarship. The scholarship will enable an Indigenous university student to work with its highly successful Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) [...]
  • Doctor Jack’s AIME is to get real results

    April 4, 2016
    One of the nation’s most enterprising millennials, Jack Manning Bancroft, will be made an Honorary Doctor of the University of South Australia this week in recognition of his highly successful national program to improve educational [...]
  • Robots arrive in downtown Wellington

    March 29, 2016
    Indigenous students from the NSW rural community of Wellington have been the first to take part in the 2016 Flint Program, an initiative developed by IDX in partnership with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and [...]



  • New adventures on the menu for Black Olive

    February 11, 2016
    Mark Olive, Australia’s first indigenous celebrity chef, thinks it’s time he got back on the road. It’s been a decade since the chef with the big grin and personality to match, made his ground-breaking The [...]


  • Pat Turner to head up NACCHO

    April 27, 2016
    Pat Turner has been appointed the new CEO of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). NACCHO Chair Matthew Cooke said he looked forward to working with Ms Turner to build on NACCHO’s successes and continue [...]

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