Welcome to Desert Knowledge Australia

Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is a statutory corporation of the NT Government, established in 2003 to improve harmony, sustainability and wealth creation in deserts and arid lands. DKA manages the Desert Knowledge Precinct, and works across sectors and borders to help build resilient desert communities and to promote investment and development in desert Australia.

Our activities in 2016 are defined by six strategic focus areas:

1. Energy

Establish an Energy Centre to develop an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to achieving measurable improvements in the technology, supply and distribution of stand-alone power systems in remote regions.

2. Desert Knowledge Precinct

Continue to build the Precinct as a hub for people and organisations with expertise relevant to desert regions, fostering innovation in social and economic development and intercultural learning.

3. Intercultural Leadership Programs

Develop intercultural leadership capacities with Aboriginal people living and working remotely as a step towards a healthier, more productive and sustainable future for desert communities.

4. Strengthening engagement with Governments

Facilitate the trial and development of approaches that will strengthen engagement, governance and interaction among Government structures, desert communities and regional centres.

5. Facilitation for Collaboration

Provide rigorous facilitation and support services to collaborating organisations and programs to maximise delivery on decision making and action.

6. Desert Knowledge Foundation

Develop the not-for-profit Desert Knowledge Foundation to use its Deductible Gift Recipient status and research focus to help achieve our objectives in strengthening the desert knowledge economy.

Learn more about our activities

Download our Strategic Plan