Who we are
Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is a statutory authority of the Northern Territory established in 2003 “to encourage and facilitate learning, research and sustainable economic and social development relating to desert and arid lands.”
With this national mandate, DKA works for a stronger regional and remote Australia by nurturing relationships and connecting people and knowledge. We work across state and territory borders with the people, places and knowledges of the desert to put knowledge into action.
DKA manages the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs. The Precinct is a welcoming environment that encourages learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration, reflecting and respecting its distinctive surroundings. The research, education, enterprises and cultural activities housed on-site create an enriching, invigorating place to make connections. DKA proudly acknowledges the Arrernte people as the custodians and the first knowledge holders of this land, and our management of the Precinct is underpinned by an Indigenous Land Use Agreement.
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
2017 — 2018
DKA’s achievements in 2017 – 2018 are a credit to its dedicated board and its employees. Over the past year, DKA has developed strong programs and significant partnerships that contribute to the socioeconomic development of the desert.
- launched the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy which facilitates important research and partnerships in renewable energy;
- grown and strengthened our desert leadership program Codes 4 Life, working with Aboriginal men of Central Australia;
- continued the Desert Knowledge Precinct, identifying new opportunities for this vibrant hub of research, education and engineering;
- created a new edutourism program, combining culture and STEAM, to provide valuable learning opportunities to school students
- forged significant partnerships with organisations such as Lendlease and Indigenous Business Australia
- articulated our vision and values to guide the ways we work, and rejuvenated the brand of DKA;
- consulted with a diverse range of stakeholders to set DKA’s strategic focus areas for 2018 — 2021.