Who we are
Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is a not-for-profit statutory corporation of the Northern Territory, established in 2003 to facilitate learning, research, socioeconomic development, and environmental sustainability in Central Australia. DKA is committed to developing opportunities to build a stronger and more connected desert and remote Australia.
DKA is landlord of the Desert Knowledge Precinct and its primary operations include fulfilling that responsibility, executing its strategic plan, and fostering its two flagship projects: Codes 4 Life and the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy.
DKA proudly acknowledges the Arrernte people as the custodians and first knowledge holders of the land on which the Desert Knowledge Precinct stands.
DKA works with the people, communities and organisations of Central Australia who share our vision for a stronger remote Australia, to create opportunities and deliver projects of tangible value to the region. These projects are focused on:
- Promoting positive social change
- Creating STEM opportunities, and supporting economic development
- Working towards environmentally sustainable societies
- Identifying and delivering on research opportunities of practicable value
In 2019 – 2021, DKA’s strategic plan is focused on:
- The continued development of the Desert Knowledge Precinct and the DKA Solar Centre
- Growing the role of the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy as a self-sustaining entity that forges partnerships, builds on existing knowledge and generates new knowledge about renewable energy
- Fostering desert leadership by connecting people, knowledge and opportunities, supporting Aboriginal enterprises and employment, incubating innovation and developing programs such as Codes 4 Life that create positive social change; and supporting strong governance and organisational practices
- Establishing a Digital Innovation Centre with state-of-the-art resources, and working to develop strong desert data governance systems, practices and knowledge
- Activating the Desert Knowledge Research Institute to conduct community-driven, targeted research programs in the areas of people, place and knowledge
2019 — 2020
DKA’s achievements in 2019 – 2020 are a credit to its dedicated board and its employees. Over the past year, DKA has bolstered its flagship programs and core operations to contribute to the socioeconomic development and environmental sustainability of the desert.
- strengthened formal and informal partnerships with organisations that share our vision and goals, as well as our relationships with on-site organisations at the Precinct
- seen the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy secure an additional $9m in external funding crucial to the delivery of the Alice Springs Future Grid project
- expanded Codes 4 Life program deliveries; improved understanding about Aboriginal men’s wellbeing though a focused presence at targeted locations; and assisted with the dissemination of important information in community languages during COVID-19 restrictions in the NT
- successfully secured funding from Territory Families to develop a pilot program for prevention practices against domestic, family and sexual violence, and bolstered our community-focused operations
- expanded the role and presence of the Desert Knowledge Research Institute, gaining momentum with projects of practicable value to Central Australia, with a focus on essential needs in remote communities
- hosted numerous events and hundreds of visitors at the Desert Knowledge Precinct, renewing its position as a hub for knowledge sharing and community-focused collaboration
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DKA endorses the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and recognises them as a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.