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Welcome to the new-look National Indigenous Times


And as you can see, it’s not just the look that’s changed. You’ll immediately notice a dramatic shift in the way NIT goes about its editorial duties of keeping you informed, entertained and engaged. As [...]


  • ICAC probes Gandangara board and CEO

    The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption will hold a public inquiry as part of an investigation into allegations concerning the Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council (GLALC) and its CEO Mark Johnson. The public inquiry, beginning [...]
  • Pat Turner to head up NACCHO

    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 [...]
  • Congress urges national summit, engagement with Turnbull

    National Congress co-chairs Rod Little and Dr Jackie Huggins have urged Malcom Turnbull to support a “coming together of minds” while briefing him about the damage potential funding cuts to various programs would cause. They said [...]
  • Lest we forget our “Heroes Too”

    A fascinating new exhibition now on at the Queensland Military Memorial Museum in Brisbane celebrates the significant contribution the state’s Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women made to Australia’s Defence Force, from the [...]
  • Tributes flow for Tiga Bayles

    Tributes are flowing for Brisbane radio personality Tiga Bayles who has passed away after a long battle with cancer, The Canberra Times reports. Bales, 62, was a long time radio presenter at 98.9 FM for a [...]








  • Surgeon Kong keen to encourage others

    Nine years ago associate professor Kelvin Kong became Australia’s first indigenous surgeon — now he says a new scholarship will help pave the way for others. While it was a personal achievement for the Newcastle [...]
  • Empowering mural celebrates community health milestone

    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

    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 [...]


  • Munganbana’s voice loud and clear through art and story

    Far North artist and author, Munganbana Norman Miller, and Adelaide-based RenBro Publishing have won a major independent book publishing award and will head to the US to pick up their gong. A full colour coffee table [...]
  • Showcasing Indigenous writing

    Desert Writing, Stories from Country, is the latest offering from University of WA Publishing, showcasing the extraordinary talents of some of our best Indigenous writers and poets. The NIT today publishes an extract from the [...]


  • Past and present key to unlocking language mysteries

    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

    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 [...]


  • Alice in Wonderland over her ancestry

    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

    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

    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

    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 [...]

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  • Woolies commits to doubling Indigenous workforce

    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

    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 [...]
  • Woodside should “use or lose Browse gas lease”

    Indigenous leader and businessman Wayne Bergmann has backed FMG’s call for energy giant Woodside to “use or lose” their massive Browse Basin gas field leases. Mr Bergmann, a pivotal player in the failed Indigenous bid to create [...]








  • Dion has designs on a winning uniform

    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

    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 [...]


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  • Pat Turner to head up NACCHO

    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 [...]



  • Coal deal stokes Rachel’s ambitions

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 [...]