Closing the gap on Indigenous economic participation and wellbeing is a major national challenge.
In order to meet this challenge, we need evidence-based policies and programs that enable economic and development opportunities that are geographically and culturally appropriate.
Drawing on experience and expertise from across CSIRO, we're working with Indigenous communities and organisations across Australia to provide Indigenous-driven science solutions to meet this national challenge.
We're helping bring together Indigenous land managers, regional Aboriginal organisations, scientific expertise, entrepreneurs and business to build a diversified portfolio of products and markets based on the management of feral animals in northern Australia to protect the environment – generating jobs and enterprises on Cape York and beyond.Read more about this project
We're working with Indigenous partners on the Cape York Peninsula to reduce water quality impacts of land management practices, helping to protect the Great Barrier Reef and supporting the development of culturally-appropriate ecosystem services enterprises.Read more about this project
The West Arnhem Land Fire Abatement project uses traditional fire management practices and scientific knowledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Read more about this project
Science projects are partnering with Indigenous land managers to develop tools and methods to support the land mangers do their business, plan and govern and manage their estates.
Through the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub, we developed a series of protocols to guide Indigenous fire management partners delivering environmental and cultural management programs.Read more about this project
Through the NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub, we're collaborating with Indigenous people to support on-country opportunities for protecting and recovering Australia's threatened species and their habitats.Read more about this project
We are working with the Ngadju people to help empower their efforts to re-engage in the management of Western Australia's Great Western Woodlands.Find out more about this project
Working together for plant biosecurity
We're working with research partners through the Plant Biosecurity CRC to improve plant biosecurity management and develop the capacity of regional and remote communities to engage in biosecurity surveillance activities.
We worked with partners in the NESP Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub to assess research priorities for Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs) in northern Australia, and identify environmental, social, economic and cultural benefits associated with IPAs.Read more about this project
Our research improved understanding of the social and economic significance of water, rivers and wild resources to Indigenous people in the Daly and Fitzroy catchments in the Northern Territory and Western Australia, respectively.Read more about this project
Atlas of Living Australia and Indigenous ecological knowledge
In partnership with Indigenous communities working on country, the Atlas of Living Australia is exploring the role of information management platforms in bridging the boundaries between traditional Indigenous ecological knowledge and western science, as well as empowering two-way participation in the sharing of biodiversity knowledge.
We believe that Indigenous Australians have extraordinary contributions to make to Australia across cultural, economic and scientific domains. Furthermore, we are committed to overcoming the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.Read CSIRO's Indigenous Engagement Strategy
Our Indigenous STEM Education Project is aimed at increasing participation and achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as they progress through primary, secondary and tertiary education and into employment.Find out more about our Indigenous STEM Education Project
We're committed to encouraging more Indigenous people to work with us, in both our science and support areas. We offer a number of career options particularly designed for Indigenous Australians, from traineeships and cadetships, through to specifically identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander positions such as Liaison and Education Professionals.Explore our career opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples