NEWS

  • Floodwaters cut off Kimberley, Pilbara communities

    February 17, 2017
    Rising floodwaters are cutting off dozens of indigenous communities right across Western Australia, and it could be up 10 days before the water recedes. In Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley, many people are stranded in [...]
  • Child removal spells second Stolen Generation: Rudd

    February 14, 2017
    Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has warned of a second Stolen Generation, describing the numbers of Indigenous children being removed from their homes in recent years as “chilling”. Speaking on the eve of the [...]
  • The gap isn’t closing – latest report reveals few gains

    February 14, 2017
    Australia is failing to meet its targets for improvement in six of seven key areas in Indigenous health, education and employment, according to the annual Closing the Gap report tabled in Federal Parliament today by [...]
  • June Oscar new Social Justice Commissioner

    February 10, 2017
    June Oscar is the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. The Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing takes over from the popular Mick Gooda, who is now a Commissioner investigating the Northern Territory’s youth justice system. [...]
  • Sarra, Mason big winners in advisory council ‘refresh’

    February 8, 2017
    Malcolm Turnbull has appointed Australian of the Year finalist Andrea Mason and education leader Chris Sarra to his peak Indigenous advisory group, ending speculation about the future of the controversial council. The Prime Minister has deliberately [...]
  • Former corporation head faces prison term

    February 8, 2017
    A former director of Githabul Nation Aboriginal Corporation is facing jail after pleading guilty in the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney to three counts of dishonestly using his position. In June last year, Trevor [...]

DANCE

  • Bangarra back on the road rekindling dance desire

    January 25, 2017
    Bangarra dance company’s youth program, Rekindling, will be back on the road this year. Delivered across five new communities, it will visit Warrnambool in Victoria, Grafton in New South Wales, Docker River in the Northern Territory, [...]
  • Jumpin’ for joy . . . here comes Djuki Mala

    January 25, 2017
    Dance sensation Djuki Mala will make their Perth debut at the Fringe World Festival from Friday. The troupe, from Elcho Island in North East Arnhem land, will perform at the Salon Perdu in the Pleasure [...]

BUSINESS

  • Kanparrka Store put under ORIC administration

    December 21, 2016
    The Registrar of Indigenous Corporations, Anthony Beven, has today placed the Kanparrka Store Aboriginal Corporation under special administration. Established in 2011, the corporation owns and operates the Kanparrka Store in the community of Haasts Bluff, [...]
  • KPMG swoops on Arrilla in ground-breaking deal

    December 1, 2016
    Accounting giant KPMG Australia has acquired specialist Indigenous consultancy, Arrilla, for an undisclosed price. It has also taken a 49 percent stake in Arrilla’s digital Indigenous cultural competency training venture, and committed to reinvesting some [...]
  • Larrakia leaders look for ways out of $500,000 debt hole

    December 1, 2016
    The acting CEO of the financially-troubled Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation in Darwin is confident it will be back on its feet when it emerges from special administration at the end of March. Allan McGill, who was [...]

HEALTH

  • Indigenous health starts with parents: Wyatt

    February 14, 2017
    Childhood illnesses such as glue ear will be targeted by new Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt in a bid to improve the health of children through the education of their parents. In a wide-ranging interview [...]
  • Remote health program on the move

    February 8, 2017
    A mobile health and education clinic for small and remote communities will be trialled in Western Australia’s Pilbara region — and it will even offer a vet service. The Health in Motion program is a [...]
  • Aged care careers suit Indigenous ways: Wyatt

    February 8, 2017
    Young Indigenous people should consider a career in aged care, according to Australia’s new Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care Ken Wyatt. Mr Wyatt said the coming years would see a shortage of aged [...]
  • Annual day bridges unhealthy divide

    February 8, 2017
    Oxfam’s annual Close the Gap Day – part of a campaign to achieve health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders by 2030 – will be held on March 16. Last year a record 1630 [...]

STAGE

  • Oz Day comedy gala sounds just about perfect

    December 21, 2016
    First Fremantle abandoned its Australia Day celebrations in favour of a more culturally-inclusive celebration two days later. Now some of Australia’s most prominent comedians will take to the stage in a Reconciliation Comedy Gala in [...]
  • Caitlin’s ‘overwhelming wow moment’

    November 9, 2016
    It’s a busy time for USQ Master of Science (Research) student and proud Bundjalung woman Caitlin Easton. Not only is she hard at work as a research assistant and student exploring community perceptions of Indigenous [...]
A respected community health service and Indigenous Hip Hop Projects have joined forces to produce a powerful music video aimed at stopping domestic violence.

BOOKS

  • Mansell draws new boundaries for Aboriginal state

    December 21, 2016
    Central Australia could become a seventh, Aboriginal State taking in land from the Northern Territory, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland under a plan put forward by Tasmanian lawyer and veteran activist Michael Mansell. In [...]

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MUSIC

  • Teen Tia a top tip to take trophies

    February 15, 2017
    Teenage singer-songwriter Tia Gostelow is leading the overall nominations for the Queensland Music Awards, which will be held on March 27. Gostelow, 17, who lives in Mackay in north Queensland, is a finalist six times [...]
  • Gawurra takes award-winning album on the road

    February 15, 2017
    Yolngu singer-songwriter Stanley Gawurra Gaykamangu, whose culture, beliefs and personal journey are embedded deeply in his songs, is touring Australia for the first time. Gawurra released his debut album ‘Ratja Yaliyali’ last year and won [...]
  • Touring Troy thrilled to be on a roll

    February 15, 2017
    Country music star Troy Cassar-Daley says being inducted into country music’s Roll of Renown is a childhood dream come true. Now on tour around Australia, Cassar-Daley received the honour in February at the Australian Country [...]

OPINION

ARTS

  • Star-studded line-up to wow Castlemaine

    February 15, 2017
    A night of story and song dedicated to the Dja Dja Wurrung people of central Victoria will be a special feature of the Castlemaine State Festival next month. ‘Ulumbarra’ will feature some of Australia’s best [...]
  • Arts grants up for grabs in NSW

    January 25, 2017
    Applications are open for regional Aboriginal artists and arts organisations in New South Wales to apply for State government funding for local projects. NSW Arts Minister Troy Grant said the NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund [...]
  • Commercial TV too white and it’s not alright

    December 7, 2016
    Commercial television had “a long way to go” before it reflected the diversity of Australian society, acclaimed filmmaker Rachel Perkins said this week. Ms Perkins, the filmmaker behind television series such as Redfern Now and [...]

ACHIEVEMENT

  • ‘Skinny-ankled Noongar kid’ takes charge of Health

    February 1, 2017
    Australia’s new Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt, hopes his legacy will be a health system where everyone is treated equally and Indigenous people are better represented in roles from doctors and [...]
  • Mel sees a new dimension through the looking glass

    January 25, 2017
    The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) has announced a new $300,000 grant to help Indigenous creative professionals undertake a Master of Fine Arts in cultural leadership. The grant, from the Luminis Foundation, will be [...]
  • Young Leah scoops A-G’s law awards

    January 25, 2017
    Cairns-based solicitor Leah Cameron has won the Attorney General’s National Indigenous Legal Professional of the Year Award for 2016. Ms Cameron, of Marrawah Law Pty Ltd, is one of the youngest to receive the award, [...]
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CULTURE

  • Star-studded line-up to wow Castlemaine

    February 15, 2017
    A night of story and song dedicated to the Dja Dja Wurrung people of central Victoria will be a special feature of the Castlemaine State Festival next month. ‘Ulumbarra’ will feature some of Australia’s best [...]
  • Research shines light on super-sized dangers 20,000 years ago

    January 25, 2017
     Giant killer marsupial lions that jumped on their prey from trees, wombats the size of small cars and six-metre-tall kangaroos, early Aboriginal Australians may have lived among a menagerie of super-sized — and sometimes deadly [...]
  • Airileke and Benny cry freedom over West Papuan rule

    December 1, 2016
    A freedom song co-written by exiled West Papuan Independence leader Benny Wenda and Melbourne music producer Airileke Ingram has been released to coincide with West Papua’s Independence Day. Ingram, who is of Melanesian descent, said [...]
  • Researcher can feel answers in her bones

    November 23, 2016
    The state-of-the-art bone technology used by early Indigenous communities may help reveal how they colonised Australia and carved out lives in a new world. From bone nose ornaments to ceremonial bones and work tools, the [...]
  • Cultural connection for children in care

    November 17, 2016
    A new partnership aims to ensure Indigenous children in care remain connected to culture and country. The partnership between Gudjagang Ngara li-dhi (GNL) and child protection charity Barnardos Australia is the first of its kind [...]

LANGUAGE

  • 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 [...]

FASHION

SPORT

PEOPLE

  • What’s on around Australia on what-ever-you-call-it Day

    January 25, 2017
    Whether you call it Survival Day, Invasion Day or Australia Day, thousands of people will attend Indigenous concerts around Australia on January 26, while in some cities the controversial date will be marked with protest [...]
  • Santa and his Minions come to Katherine – and win $250

    December 21, 2016
    Santa swapped his elves for Minions when Christmas came to Katherine in the Northern Territory. Members of the Barunga community, east of the town, won best decorated float at the annual Katherine Christmas street party [...]
  • Madalah ‘ups the ante’ in latest support program

    December 7, 2016
    The not-for-profit Madalah organisation in Western Australia has been granted a new five-year contract to run its Broome accommodation facility, Nyirrwa Murrgurlayi, which provides a home-away-from-home for people studying and training in the Kimberley town. [...]
  • Songwriter targeted over Oz Day comments

    December 1, 2016
    The rest of Australia should follow the lead of the West Australian port city of Fremantle and scrap Australia Day celebrations, say supporters. The City of Fremantle announced last Friday that it was replacing its [...]
  • Bring back Hoges says Ernie as he launches latest TV project

    December 1, 2016
    Ernie Dingo is hoping to put the ‘Australia’ back in Australian television. The television presenter and actor says Australian networks are losing their national identity as shows capturing the Aussie spirit disappear from the small [...]

EDUCATION

  • Indigenous stories get ready for school

    February 8, 2017
    Indigenous stories are being brought to life in primary school classrooms by one of the world’s most remote publishing houses – Magabala Books in Broome, WA. Magabala is developing teaching resources for 15 Indigenous titles [...]
  • Revered Cape York educator bows out

    November 23, 2016
    Reverend Mary Eseli is taking a well-learned retirement after making an enormous contribution to the Cape York community. Mary spent three decades educating and caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Northern [...]
  • University honours midwife who delivers

    November 17, 2016
    Indigenous midwife and Central Arrernte woman Cherisse Buzzacott has been named Australian Catholic University’s (ACU’s) 2016 Alumni of the Year. Ms Buzzacott was the first student to graduate from ACU’s Away from Base Bachelor of [...]
  • Abstudy cuts hurting low-income students from remote Oz

    October 27, 2016
    Students, trainees and apprentices from remote areas were being disadvantaged by a new approach to Abstudy from the Department of Social Services, a senior health educator has warned. Kelly Menzel, who trains students in New [...]

MEDIA

  • Biripi man goes undie-cover to find love

    February 1, 2017
    First impressions count, so 26-year-old John Ridgeway chose with great care the underpants in which he would make his national TV debut in his search for Mr Right. Ridgeway arrived on the set of the [...]
  • ABC ‘shouldn’t forget about remote Australia’, say NT pollies

    December 21, 2016
    The ABC’s decision to switch off shortwave radio services in the Northern Territory could cost lives, according to NT federal Labor MPs Malarndirri McCarthy and Warren Snowdon. The MPs said the broadcaster had advised them [...]
  • Walkley winner Grant is journalism giant

    December 7, 2016
    Stan Grant has again cemented his reputation as one of the nation’s finest journalists with a stunning win in Australia’s most respected journalism awards, the Walkley Awards. The national broadsheet, The Australian, was also honored [...]

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APPOINTMENTS

  • June Oscar new Social Justice Commissioner

    February 10, 2017
    June Oscar is the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. The Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing takes over from the popular Mick Gooda, who is now a Commissioner investigating the Northern Territory’s youth justice system. [...]
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