Review to look back over 10 years of DKA

The Northern Territory Government is currently undertaking its first review of Desert Knowledge Australia since it began operating under the Desert Knowledge Australia Act in 2003.

DKA was established as a statutory corporation of the Northern Territory to "encourage and facilitate learning, research and sustainable economic and social development relating to deserts and arid lands”.

DKA’s intercultural board is chaired by the Hon Fred Chaney AO, who said: “A foundation of DKA is that ‘more of the same’ won’t achieve the shifts necessary to transform the desert and remote economies and societies - innovation and change is needed. That is what we are achieving and we aim to continue to do moving forward. ”

DKA does this in three ways:

  • Connect: Better social, business and change outcomes through access to information and know-how, and through collaboration and partnerships.
  • Change: Innovation and development of approaches that change and improve how things are done.
  • Grow: Greater capacity of desert peoples and organisations to respond to challenges and create opportunities.

“This is a timely opportunity to actively demonstrate our practical achievements since we began 10 years ago as part of the Alice in 10 project – it is actually fitting that our first review coincides with the 10 year anniversary of this Territory Government and community driven initiative,” said DKA CEO John Huigen.

“Because we are often ‘behind the scenes’ building partnerships to create outcomes our contribution is sometimes hard for people to see. This review is an opportunity to highlight our achievements and our contribution to Central Australia,” said DKA CEO John Huigen.

“The review is also a chance to address some common misunderstandings. For example the current Territory Government investment into our operational funding is separate to the historical multi-million dollar capital investment into the Desert Knowledge Precinct, home to DKA and several other organisations, but they are often confused as one and the same.”

“Desert Knowledge has grown and is growing to become an important part of the Alice Springs economy and a nationally recognised centre for collaboration, learning, technology and research, and we are very proud of all of our achievements and contributions,” said Mr Huigen.

For more information or to arrange interviews please contact:
FIONN MUSTER, Manager Communications and Engagement
P: 08 8959 6015 M: 0428 893 524