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Vision, mission and outcome

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) purpose is to fulfil its functions set out in the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989. This is replicated in the Prime Minister and Cabinet Portfolio Budget Statements 2020–21.

Our vision is:

A world in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ knowledge and cultures are recognised, respected, celebrated and valued.

Our mission is:

Tell the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia.

Create opportunities for people to encounter, engage with and be transformed by that story.

Support and facilitate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural resurgence.

Shape our national narrative.

Our outcome is:

Further understanding of Australian Indigenous cultures, past and present through undertaking and publishing research, and providing access to print and audiovisual collections.

Refer to Part 2 Strategic framework graphic for more information.