Digital, education, collection development, collections transformation and communications strategies guide our work.
Digital Transformation Strategy 2021–2030
The AIATSIS Digital Transformation Strategy 2021–2030 was prepared during the reporting period. It guides our investment in the technology and modernisation of the AIATSIS digital environment, which is needed to realise our strategic initiatives.
Education Strategy 2021–2025
The AIATSIS Education Strategy 2021–2025 aims to influence what children learn at school about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; research, develop and provide culturally responsive, digitally agile professional learning and education resources; and facilitate a cutting-edge Schools Program, which is situated in Canberra and provides inquiry-based learning experiences for visiting students.
Collection Development Strategy 2017–2021
The AIATSIS Collection Development Strategy 2017–2021 assists AIATSIS to develop the collection in a manner that continuously improves its alignment with the needs and expectations of our clients, now and into the future.
The core principles of the Collection Development Strategy are based on ensuring that AIATSIS is building a collection that:
- is ethically developed and managed and where ethical collecting practices underpin our collection development strategies
- is appropriately accessible
- recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as creators and owners of their own knowledge
- encompasses cultural, heritage and historical materials that are created by, as well as with and about, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- is representative of the geographic and linguistic diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- is focused on the 20th and 21st century experiences and expressions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples.
This strategy complements the collecting practices of other major collecting institutions that continue to develop their collections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander materials.
Collections Transformation Strategy 2021–2030
The development of this strategy was completed in the period and came into effect in July 2021.
The Collections Transformation Strategy (CTS) is a long-term framework and planning document to ensure optimal, appropriate access to the AIATSIS collection. Over the next nine years, a program of works will progressively reshape the operational environment for managing, preserving and facilitating access to the AIATSIS collection and, in conjunction with the Digital Transformation Strategy 2021–2030, the infrastructure that supports this work.
The investigative stage of the CTS project closed in June 2021 with the delivery of the strategy and roadmap.
Communications Strategy 2019–2023
The AIATSIS Communications Strategy, endorsed by the Senior Executive Board, outlines the alignment of communication activities to achieve key elements of the AIATSIS Strategic Plan 2018–2023.
The key objectives of the Communications Strategy aim to position AIATSIS as a trusted, modern forum for dialogue, while enhancing the public image and value of AIATSIS and extending its reach and impact.
Strategic Plan initiatives
Our Strategic Plan initiatives are inspired by our vision and mission statements. They fulfil our responsibilities, as well as the outcomes expected by the Australian Government (and therefore the Australian public).
The Strategic Plan 2018–2023 sets out five interconnecting initiatives as follows.
Initiative 1: Discovery—a suite of measures designed to help Australians discover the richness of the histories, cultures and heritage of our First Nations people.
Initiative 2: Extending our reach—exploring opportunities to extend the reach of AIATSIS, both in terms of presence and influence, through physical and digital means.
Initiatives include a leading-edge, engaging web presence and potential physical presence beyond Canberra.
Initiative 3: Resurgence—contributing to the ongoing cultural resurgence across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.
Projects include the publication of Indigenous language dictionaries and the Songlines project, which is working with communities to secure song traditions.
Initiative 4: Transformation—transforming people’s understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.
Measures include developing resources for the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues in schools and supporting of professional development through cultural competency training.
Initiative 5: Delivering special projects