Who we are
Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is a statutory corporation of the Northern Territory, established in 2003 to manage the Desert Knowledge Precinct in partnership with the Desert People’s Centre, and under an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with native title holders, Lhere Artepe Aboriginal Corporation.
DKA facilitates the development of educational, employment and enterprise pathways, arid zone-focused research and technological progress relevant to the wellbeing, resilience and sustainability of desert communities, both within Australia and around the World.
DKA acts as Manager of the Desert Knowledge Precinct and its primary operations, and fulfils the responsibility of achieving the aspirations of the DKA Board via its Strategic Plans, including fostering flagship projects, such as Codes 4 Life and the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy.
DKA proudly acknowledges the Arrernte people as the custodians and First Knowledge holders of the country on which the Desert Knowledge Precinct is located.
DKA works with the people, communities and organisations of central Australia who share our vision for strong resilient remote communities, to form partnerships, opportunities, and delivery of projects that bring tangible value to the desert region.
DKA facilitates innovative projects that:
- Promote social wellbeing and positive change for our region
- Aim to achieve climate-adaptive, resilient remote communities
- Explore and deliver technology relevant to sustainable desert living
- Create research opportunities that support economic growth
Short Term Pillars include developing student accommodation, increasing utilisation at the Precinct, and establishing a Centre for Knowledge & Wisdom.
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