AIATSIS building

Update for AIATSIS Act

16 Nov 2015

A bill was introduced in the Australian Parliament to amend the AIATSIS Act 1989 on Thursday 12 November, 2015.

Sunny and the Dark Horse at the CIFF

10 Nov 2015

Professor Mick Dodson AM Introduced the film Sunny and the Dark Horse at the Canberra International Film Festival.

Yankirri Jukurrpa (Emu Dreaming) - Ngarlikurlangu by Geraldine Nangala Gallagher

Warlpiri Art Market Day

Friday, 4 December 2015

AIATSIS is proud to host the second Warlpiri Art Market Day on the lawns of Acton Peninsula for two days this December. This rare opportunity brings original Aboriginal artworks from Yuendumu and Lajamanu communities from the Northern Territory direct to the Canberra public.

National Native Title Conference 2016

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The National Native Title Conference 2016 will be held from Wednesday 1 - Friday 3 June. 



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.

Freedom Ride

1965 Freedom Ride

Jump on the bus and take a journey with the Student Action for Aborigines organisation.

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