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Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia Act 2003

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Desert Knowl­edge Aus­tralia (DKA) is a statu­to­ry cor­po­ra­tion of the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry, estab­lished in 2003 to man­age the Desert Knowl­edge Precinct in part­ner­ship with the Desert Peo­ple’s Cen­tre, and under an Indige­nous Land Use Agree­ment with native title hold­ers, Lhere Arte­pe Abo­rig­i­nal Corporation.

DKA facil­i­tates the devel­op­ment of edu­ca­tion­al, employ­ment and enter­prise path­ways, arid zone-focused research and tech­no­log­i­cal progress rel­e­vant to the well­be­ing, resilience and sus­tain­abil­i­ty of desert com­mu­ni­ties, both with­in Aus­tralia and around the World.

DKA acts as Man­ag­er of the Desert Knowl­edge Precinct and its pri­ma­ry oper­a­tions, and ful­fils the respon­si­bil­i­ty of achiev­ing the aspi­ra­tions of the DKA Board via its Strate­gic Plans, includ­ing fos­ter­ing flag­ship projects, such as Codes 4 Life and the Intyal­heme Cen­tre for Future Ener­gy.

DKA’s head­quar­ters at the Busi­ness & Inno­va­tion Cen­tre, Desert Knowl­edge Precinct

DKA proud­ly acknowl­edges the Arrernte peo­ple as the cus­to­di­ans and First Knowl­edge hold­ers of the coun­try on which the Desert Knowl­edge Precinct is located.

DKA works with the peo­ple, com­mu­ni­ties and organ­i­sa­tions of cen­tral Aus­tralia who share our vision for strong resilient remote com­mu­ni­ties, to form part­ner­ships, oppor­tu­ni­ties, and deliv­ery of projects that bring tan­gi­ble val­ue to the desert region.

DKA facil­i­tates inno­v­a­tive projects that:

  • Pro­mote social well­be­ing and pos­i­tive change for our region
  • Aim to achieve cli­mate-adap­tive, resilient remote communities
  • Explore and deliv­er tech­nol­o­gy rel­e­vant to sus­tain­able desert living
  • Cre­ate research oppor­tu­ni­ties that sup­port eco­nom­ic growth

Short Term Pil­lars include devel­op­ing stu­dent accom­mo­da­tion, increas­ing util­i­sa­tion at the Precinct, and estab­lish­ing a Cen­tre for Knowl­edge & Wisdom.

Annu­al Reports

2022 — 2023 Annu­al Report

2022 2023 DKA Annual Report