DK Precinct


A welcoming environment that encourages learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration.

DKA is locat­ed at the Desert Knowl­edge Precinct, a beau­ti­ful 73 hectare prop­er­ty on the South Stu­art High­way, 8km south of the Alice Springs CBD. The key part­ners on the precinct — DKA and the Desert Peo­ple’s Cen­tre, a joint ven­ture between Cen­tre for Appro­pri­ate Tech­nol­o­gy and Batch­e­lor Insti­tute of Indige­nous Ter­tiary Edu­ca­tion — have worked togeth­er to cre­ate a vibrant and grow­ing space for knowledge.

DKA man­ages the Precinct, and proud­ly cel­e­brates the Arrernte peo­ple as the tra­di­tion­al cus­to­di­ans and first knowl­edge hold­ers of this land. Man­age­ment of this land is under­pinned by an Indige­nous Land Use Agree­ment. We proud­ly acknowl­edge Harold Furber as the Precinct’s Elder-in-residence. 

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 onsite cre­ate an enrich­ing, invig­o­rat­ing place to make con­nec­tions. The Precinct nur­tures rela­tion­ships that strength­en local, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ties and is world-renowned for its inno­va­tion that is advanc­ing region­al and remote Aus­tralia. From the local organ­i­sa­tions who utilise DKA’s mod­ern facil­i­ties to the school groups that vis­it for STEAM learn­ing and Arrernte cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences, the Precinct is a meet­ing place and knowl­edge hub for all. 

Co-locat­ing organ­i­sa­tions with sim­i­lar goals and val­ues pro­vides unique oppor­tu­ni­ties for col­lab­o­ra­tion and the shar­ing of desert knowl­edges, both ancient and emerging.

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The Desert Knowl­edge Precinct

Busi­ness and Inno­va­tion Centre 

DKA is locat­ed in the Busi­ness and Inno­va­tion Cen­tre (BIC), a sophis­ti­cat­ed office facil­i­ty designed by award-win­ning archi­tects. The organ­i­sa­tions cur­rent­ly locat­ed in the BIC are: 


Ter­ri­to­ry Nat­ur­al Resource Management

Region­al Arts Australia

Desert Sup­port Services


Tan­gen­tyere Council

Mag­gie Kavanagh (Atlantic Fel­low for Social Equity)

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The Desert Knowl­edge Precinct, locat­ed between Alice Springs and the town’s airport


Ten years of desert knowledge

Nov 05, 2018

The Desert Knowledge Precinct celebrates its 10th anniversary in style

Climathon 2018

Oct 29, 2018

Residents of Alice Springs collaborated on climate related challenges at Australia's first regional Climathon.

DKA Solar Centre Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Oct 01, 2018

Ten years of solar energy knowledge and expertise - and counting!