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APPENDIX D. RESEARCH PROJECT SUMMARIES

See additional information on Feature 12: Research partners in Part 3.

Table 18: New research projects

Title

Mapping Indigenous Research in Australia

Partners: Curtin University (Faculty of Humanities) and the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative

Project summary:

Develop a proof-of-concept interactive visual dashboard that maps Indigenous scholarly research publications. The dashboard will allow users to search an existing corpus of formal research literature to analyse relevant Indigenous research outputs.

Nyingarn: a platform for primary sources in Australian Indigenous languages

Partners: University of Melbourne, Australian National University, La Trobe University, University of Sydney, Australian National University, Edith Cowan University, National Library of Australia, First Languages Australia, State Library of New South Wales, State Library of Western Australia

Project Summary: The collaborating partners successfully applied for funding under the Australian Research Council Linkage Infrastructure and Education Funding (LIEF) program to build ‘Nyingarn’, an online platform of digital text versions of early Australian Indigenous language manuscripts, alongside images of the original documents. Nyingarn will provide cutting-edge methods for ingesting, analysing, and presenting these historical materials. The final platform will be hosted by AIATSIS at the conclusion of the project.

Professional e-learning module for teachers

Partners: IndigenousX

Project summary: the project will result in an online course designed specifically for in-service teachers to develop capabilities and confidence to teach Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content in their classrooms. The online learning will be supported by access to resources and tools and face to face training.

Defence Dual naming

Partners: Department of Defence

Project summary: The Department of Defence sought AIATSIS advice and entered into an partnership to establish dual naming for Australian Defence force bases.

Australian conflicts

Partners: Mary-Anne Jebb

Project summary: curriculum resources on Indigenous peoples’ involvement in Australian conflicts will be developed for Australian Schools by leading historian and co-author of Our Mob Served

Truth, justice and healing

Partners: Ebony Institute

Project summary: The Project aims to generate an evidence base to help inform more ethically and culturally safe ways of talking about the truth, and provide a strong and sustainable foundation for meaningful engagement with traumatised communities.

Table 19: Continuing research projects

Project

Start date

End date

Preserve, Strengthen, Renew: South Coast

Partners: Nowra Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC), Jerrinja LALC, Ulladulla LALC, Mogo LALC, Cobowra LALC, Bodalla LALC, Wagonga LALC, Merrimans LALC, Bega LALC, Batemens Bay LALC, CBACH, Morgan family, Thomas family, Bond family, Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council

2019

2022

Livelihood values of Indigenous customary fishing (extended)

Partners: NSW Aboriginal Fishing Rights Group, Fisheries Research Development Corporation

2016

2022

Indigenous Research Exchange— (extended)

Partners: National Indigenous Australians Agency

2019

2022

University of Sydney Collaboration

Partners: University of Sydney

2020

2022

Online ethics module (extended)

Partners: University of Queensland, University of Sydney

2020

2022

Ethics service—provision of ethics reviews and ethics training

Partners: National Indigenous Australians Agency

2019

2022

Return of Native Title Materials

Partners: Robe River Kuruma Aboriginal Corporation (RRKAC), Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation (YMAC), Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation RNTBC (ETNTAC) South West Aboriginal Land and Sea Council (SWALSC) Kimberley Land Council (KLC)

2018

2021

Aboriginal Land Claims in the Northern Territory: Documenting and preserving the records and memories

Partners: Monash University, Central land Council, Northern Land Council, National Archives of Australia

2018

2021

Native Title decision-making

Partners: Taungurung Land and Waters Council (TLaWC), Barengi Gadjin Land Council (BGLC), Right people for Country and Aboriginal Victoria

2018

2021

AIATSIS Dictionaries Project (extended by 3 years)

Partners: National Indigenous Australians Agency, 20 community and research partners

2018

2024

Songlines

2018

suspended

Regional Settlements: Modelling Native Title Compensation

Partners: National Native Title Council

2018

2021

Regional representation and economic coordination

Partners: Gur A Baradharaw Kod Torres Strait Sea and Lan Council (GBK), First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria (FPAV)

2018

2021

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in governance and political processes

Partners: First Peoples' Assembly Victoria, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Bigambul Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, Australian National University and Macquarie University

2019

2021

Restoring Dignity: Networked Knowledge for Repatriation Communities (Return, Reconcile, Renew

Partners: Australian National University, Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre (KALACC)

2017

2021

Mayi Kuwayu—national longitudinal study of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health and wellbeing

Partners: Australian National University, National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO)

2014

2022

Ngaiyuriija Ngunawal language revitalisation project

Partners: Winanggaay Ngunnawal Language group

2014

ongoing

Table 20: Research projects completed

Title

Start date

Completion date

National Indigenous Languages Report

2018

2021

Partners: Department of Communications and the Arts, Australian National University

Project Summary: This is the third national survey on the state of Australia’s Indigenous languages undertaken by AIATSIS. The Report strengthens the evidence base regarding the use, importance, and state of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. It identifies the strengths and speaker numbers of Australia's Indigenous languages, as well as the many economic and social benefits gained through the recognition, use and reawakening of those languages.

Review of Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS)

2018

October 2020

Partners: nil

Project Summary: The review and public consultation ensures AIATSIS remains at the forefront of best ethical practice and guidance, resulting in the publication of the AIATSIS Code of Ethics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research

Culture in Policy and Practice

2018

2021

Partners: various authors

Project Summary: The project focused on approaches to engaging with culture in Australian policy. Two symposia held in 2018 and 2019 resulted in a series of articles by Indigenous experts from a diverse range of sectors, which have been submitted to the Australian Aboriginal Studies Journal for publication

PBC Prosperity: A Longitudinal Study (PBC Survey Project)*

2018

2020

Partners: National Native Title Tribunal, CSIRO

Project Summary: The 2019 Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBC) Survey continues AIATSIS’ research on the aspirations and activities of PBCs and identifies existing barriers to the effective operation of native title organisations.

NSW Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board 1883–1969: A History

2015

2020

Partners: University of Newcastle, Australian National University, University of New England, University of Sydney

Project Summary: This research into the Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board (APWB) is a comprehensive study into the activities of the NSW Aborigines Protection/Welfare Board. From 1883 until 1969, the lives and affairs of Aboriginal people in NSW were utterly controlled by the APWB. For the first time, research on the Board's activities and subsequent effects on the lives and families of Aboriginal people in NSW will be undertaken, including both archival and oral history research.

Continuous Improvement process: Always Be You resources

2019

December 2020

Partners: Beyond Blue

Project Summary: Review and evaluate the current Beyond Blue ‘Always Be You’ resources and provide recommendations for the development of new materials to support teachers to understand Indigenous mental health and social and emotional wellbeing

Preserve, Strengthen, Renew in Community: Pilot

2016

December 2020

Partners: Karajarri Traditional Lands Association, Kiwikurra community, Wangka Maya Pilbara Aboriginal Language Centre, Kimberley land Council, Central Desert Native Title Services, Desert Support Services

Project Summary: Preserve, Strengthen and Renew aimed to return material held in the AIATSIS archive, record new material with community members and to help establish protocols for keeping cultural material safe. This project enabled Indigenous communities are able to access relevant cultural material held in collections and to determine their own processes for knowledge production, documentation, and preservation. The final report from the pilot project was published in December 2020.