Front of AIATSIS building

New era for AIATSIS

4 Feb 2016

AIATSIS Chairperson Professor Mick Dodson AM today welcomed the passing of amendments to the AIATSIS Act 1989.

A fractured glass slide being prepared for scanning

AIATSIS on Trove

25 Jan 2016

We're broadening our horizons sharing our extensive collection with the world via the NLA's Trove.

Weaving Culture Market Day

Monday, 7 March 2016

Two remote art centres with distinctive weaving techniques will be in Canberra for ONE DAY ONLY– don’t miss the chance to purchase your very own piece of unique woven art!

Darwin convention center

National Native Title Conference 2016

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The National Native Title Conference 2016 'strong culture, strong country, strong future' will be held from Wednesday 1 - Friday 3 June at The Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory. 



Find out about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, history, culture, and rights.

finding your family

Finding your family

We can help you with your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family history search.

using the collection

Use the collection

There are many ways to use the AIATSIS collection, and they don't all involve visiting us in Canberra.

Uluru Kata-Tjuta

Uluru-Kata Tjuta

Celebrating the 30th anniversay of the handback.

research publications

Research publications

Peer-reviewed books, papers, journals and other research publications.

native title

Native Title and land ownership

We protect the Native Title and traditional ownership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through research and policy advice.

Aboriginal Australia map

Aboriginal Australia map

The map depicts the language, tribal or nation groups of the Aboriginal people of Australia.

torres strait islander flag

Indigenous Australian flags

The history behind the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag.

shop for books

Aboriginal Studies Press

Visit the AIATSIS publishing arm, Aboriginal Studies Press.

Check out the latest releases...

"The role of AIATSIS is important because it is the major repository for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and societies ... to make sure not only that these things are preserved and maintained and looked after, but are available for future generations."

Professor Michael (Mick) Dodson AM, Chairperson, AIATSIS Council