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A science landscape in respectful partnership with Indigenous Australia delivering innovative, sustainable, holistic solutions to meet our greatest national challenges

The Indigenous Science and Engagement Program (ISEP) will be a disruptive and sustainable organisational change that will enable CSIRO to lead our Nation’s science through an Indigenous knowledge and science lens.

The ISEP enables CSIRO to expand existing collaborations and develop new best practice models across the organisation. It equips us to undertake large scale multi-disciplinary science for the priorities identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and organisations. By listening, learning, and embracing these priorities we interweave the wisdom of Indigenous knowledges with cutting-edge scientific innovation.

By engaging through scientific knowledge sharing, education, employment opportunities and partnerships, we aim to invigorate Australia’s scientific literacy and increase the innovative capacity and productivity of Australian industry. This will create positive impact on the lives of all Australians.

We also recognise and respond to contemporary changes in the national and international science policy environments. These include:

  • the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • the Nagoya Protocol
  • Native Title
  • Treaty developments
  • the Uluru Statement
  • the 2020 Close the Gap Agreement
  • the AIATSIS Code
  • developing Indigenous cultural knowledge and intellectual property legislation.

Supporting Indigenous-led science solutions

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