Prime Minister and Cabinet
The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is a Commonwealth statutory authority established under the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989 (Cth) (the Act) and a corporate Commonwealth entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 (Cth). The mission of AIATSIS is: - to tell the story of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia; - create opportunities for people to encounter, engage with and be transformed by that story; - support and facilitate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural resurgence; and - shape our national narrative. The Functions of AIATSIS (as defined by the Act) are: 1. To develop, preserve and provide access to a national collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage; 2. To use that national collection to strengthen and promote knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage; 3. To provide leadership in the fields of: a. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research; and b. Ethics and protocols for research, and other activities relating to collections, related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and c. Use (including use for research) of that national collection and other collections containing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage. 4. To lead and promote collaborations and partnerships among the academic, research, non-government, business and government sectors and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in support of the other functions of the Institute; 5. To provide advice to the Commonwealth on the situation and status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Act 1989

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    9

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    Yes

  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor

    ANAO

  • Function Categorization

    Executive Management

  • Creation Date

    27 November 1989

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Ms. Jodie Sizer 1 July 2020 30 June 2024
Deputy Chair VACANT    
Member Associate Professor Prof. Henrietta Marrie AM 1 July 2020 30 June 2024
Member Mr. Murray Saylor 1 July 2020 30 June 2024
Member Ms. Michelle Deshong 17 May 2021 16 May 2025
Member Mr. Ash Walker 1 July 2020 30 June 2024
Member Ms. Judith Ryan AM 1 July 2020 30 June 2024
Member Dr Clint Bracknell 17 May 2021 16 May 2025
Member Dr. Myfany Turpin 17 May 2021 16 May 2025
Member Mr. Duane Fraser 17 May 2021 16 May 2025
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