These documents support informal and formal research into Indigenous issues:

  • Uluru Statement of the Heart
    The Uluru Statement from the Heart was a consensus by Australian First Nations delegates resulting from 13 regional dialogues held around the country.  The Statement called for constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians and a stronger voice in their affairs.
  • Final Report of the Referendum Council,  Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, 2017
    The Referendum Council was jointly appointed by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten on 7 December 2015 to advise the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on progress and next steps towards a successful referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.

Awareness of key journals and seminal texts within various disciplines is essential to increasing the recognition of the rigour of scholarly work, extensity of community engagement in Indigenous research, and depth of Indigenous studies in various fields.

  • Aboriginal Studies Press
    ASP is AIATSIS’s publishing arm and Australia's leading publisher of Australian Indigenous studies
  • Australian Aboriginal Studies Journal
    An interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal promoting high-quality research in Australian Indigenous studies, with a focus on the humanities and social sciences.
  • Informit: Indigenous Studies Bibliography
    The AIATSIS Indigenous Studies Bibliography is the premier database that indexes published and unpublished material on Australian Indigenous studies. Source documents include journal articles, newspapers, pamphlets, published government reports, published conference papers, book chapters, books, discussion and working papers, and published statistical documents. AIATSIS also contains 6000+ web links to content.

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Each subject guide is regularly updated and includes link to key journals and texts. All Australian Indigenous Studies Library Subject Guides are available here.

  • Welcome to Country, Marcia Langton, Hardie Grant Publishing, 2018
    A completely new and inclusive guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. A detailed introduction covers topics such as language, customs and history followed by a directory of Indigenous tourism experiences across every state of Australia.  (ISBN:  9781741175431)
  • Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, Anita Heiss, Black Inc. Books, 2018
    What is it like to grow up Aboriginal in Australia?  This anthology showcases many diverse voices, experiences and stories in order to answer that question.  (ISBN:  9781863959810)
  • Dark Emu, Bruce Pasco, Magabala Books, 2014
    Pascoe puts forward an argument for the reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australia.  This impeccably researched book uses evidence from the records and diaries of Australian explorers to challenge the convenient lies of colonialism.  (ISBN:  9781921248016)
  • Talking To My Country, Stan Grant, Harper Collins Publishers, 2016
    Direct, honest and forthright, this is a rare, special book that talks to every Australian about their country.  Grant offers a personal and powerful response to racism in Australia and explores the sorrow, shame, anger and hardship of being an Indigenous man.  (ISBN:  9781460751985)
  • Our Mob Served, Allison Cadzow & Mary Anne Jebb, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2019
    Our Mob Served presents a moving and little-known history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander war time and defence service, told through the vivid oral histories and treasured family images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.  (ISBN:  9780855750718)
  • The Little Red Yellow Black Book, Bruce Pascoe, Aboriginal Studies Press, 2008
    The Little Red Yellow Black Book is a perfect starting point for those who want to learn about the rich cultures and histories of Australia’s First Peoples. Written from an Indigenous perspective, this highly illustrated and accessible introduction covers a range of topics from history, culture and the Arts, through to activism and reconciliation.  (ISBN:  9780855750527)
  • 2018 Australian Reconciliation Barometer, Reconciliation Australia, 2018
    The objective of the research was to develop a tool to measure the progress of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians. The first study was completed in 2008, with subsequent biennial reporting since.
  • 2018 Workplace RAP Barometer, Reconciliation Australia, 2018
    The Workplace RAP Barometer (WRB) is a survey to monitor reconciliation at the workplace level and in organisations with a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).  The WRB measures the attitudes and behaviours of employees towards reconciliation and compares attitudes in workplaces with those of the general community obtained through the biennial Australian Reconciliation Barometer.