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 in the desert. DKA believes there is great potential in the people, places and knowledge of the desert which is why strengthening remote Australia is at the heart of everything we do. DKA is a national not-for-profit organisation whose projects focus on renewable energy, desert leadership, digital innovation and desert research.
DKA is the landlord of the Desert Knowledge Precinct, 73 hectares of Arrernte land in Alice Springs where a group of like-minded organisations are striving to make the desert a better place to work, learn and live. The Precinct is home to the internationally renowned DKA Solar Centre, the largest multi-technology solar demonstration facility in the Southern Hemisphere.
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.
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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.