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, 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


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