Desert Leadership


Creating positive social change and growing new leaders

DKA con­nects peo­ple and knowl­edges. We under­stand the impor­tance of the knowl­edge that exists in remote and region­al Aus­tralia and that we have a role in col­lect­ing, curat­ing and shar­ing that knowl­edge. We live and work across lan­guages and cul­tures and use that expe­ri­ence as the foun­da­tion of our work. The desert knowl­edge net­work is made up of ancient and endur­ing Abo­rig­i­nal knowl­edges along­side con­tem­po­rary and emerg­ing research, sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy. Through inter­twin­ing old and new knowl­edges, both are enriched and strengthened. 

Through DKA’s work in desert lead­er­ship, we

  • Con­nect peo­ple and opportunities
  • Empow­er exist­ing, emerg­ing and poten­tial Abo­rig­i­nal leaders
  • Sup­port Abo­rig­i­nal enter­prise and employment
  • Devel­op strong gov­er­nance and organ­i­sa­tion­al practices 
  • Help imple­ment strate­gies and solutions
  • Devel­op and strength­en pro­to­cols around work­ing with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple and businesses
  • Con­nect with the peo­ple and busi­ness­es of Cen­tral Australia


Precinct visits a hit

Apr 20, 2018

DKA is proud to share the activities of the Precinct with special guests.

DKA & IBA put knowledge into action

Apr 13, 2018

Indigenous Business Australia visit Alice Springs to discover the opportunities for Central Australian businesses

Edutourism pilot takes off at the Precinct

Apr 06, 2018

Local students test the first edutourism experiences hosted at the Desert Knowledge Precinct