National Plan Reference Group 2013-2015

About the Reference Group | Reference Group SubCommittees | Organisations and Researchers participating in the Reference Group |

About the Reference Group

The Remote Indigenous Archives Reference Group was formed in late 2013 as an outcome of an archiving forum at IRCA's 2013 National Remote Indigenous Media Festival. Significant issues about capacity, risk, skills, and cultural significance were identified at the forum, with an agreement to form a Reference Group that could support the development of a Plan for the remote archives.

The Reference Group  met regularly over 2014 via teleconference, with an important face-to-face workshop held in Alice Springs in early July 2014 to flesh out the content of the Plan.

IRCA acknowledges the time commitment and generosity of Reference Group members in sharing skills, knowledge and ideas in the development of the Plan.


Reference Group Subcommittees

To support development of the more detailed aspects of the Plan's implementation, four Sub Committees of the Reference Group were formed. The Sub Committees were:

  • Metadata
  • Digital formats
  • Preservation
  • Training

The Sub Committees worked during 2015 to finalise recommendations for metadata standards and digitisation formats.


Organisations and researchers represented on the Reference Group

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) is the national research and collecting institution for information and research about the cultures and lifestyles of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, past and present.

The Ara Iritija Archival Project 

The aim of Ara Irititja is to bring back home materials of cultural and historical significance to Anangu by way of interactive multimedia software known as Ara Irititja Knowledge Management System - Ara Iritita KMS. Materials include photographs, films, sound recordings and documents. 

Centre for Australian Languages and Linguistics archive, Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

CALL is a centre of excellence for the research, documentation and preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Managed by Batchelor Institute at our Batchelor and Alice Springs campuses, it draws together resources, expertise, networks and knowledge from over 40 years of work with Australian languages.

Buku-Larnggay Mulka Centre

The name ‘Mulka’ means a sacred but public ceremony, and, to hold or protect. The mission is to sustain and protect Yolngu cultural knowledge in Northeast Arnhem Land under the leadership of community members. The Mulka production house and archive is managed by Yolngu law, governance and culture.

Professor Michael Christie

Michael Christie is involved in Aboriginal archive development at Charles Darwin University.  His research focus is upon understanding and enhancing the emerging roles of information technologies in the intergenerational transmission of traditional knowledge in remote Aboriginal communities.  

Indigenous Community Television 

Indigenous Community Television (ICTV) is an Indigenous independent, not for profit organisation. Its core purpose is to improve the livelihoods of Indigenous Australian through the creation of media distribution outlets that enable the active sharing of stories, culture, language and the provision of essential information. ICTV’s television programming can be viewed on Channel 601 on the VAST satellite service. 

National Film and Sound Archive

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is the nation’s living archive, collecting, preserving and sharing Australia’s audiovisual heritage. 

Lyndon Ormond-Parker 

Lyndon is an academic at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. His research work is in the fields of archival studies and the conservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. He also has research interests in the use of broadband and modern technology for the delivery of local community audiovisual material as well as the history of the collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander human remains and repatriation to communities. 

Northern Territory Library

The Northern Territory Library is the Northern Territory's major reference and research Library, and is responsible for collecting, preserving and providing access to the Territory’s documentary heritage and connecting people to the world of information.  

Remote Indigenous Media Organisations

Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMOs) coordinate Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services in their geographic area, as well produce regional radio services and media content. RIMO organisations such as Warlpiri Media Association (now known as PAW Media and Communications) were at the forefront of the development of remote Indigenous broadcasting.

Strehlow Research Centre

The Strehlow Research Centre manages one of Australia's most important collections of film, sound, archival records and museum objects relating to Indigenous ceremonial life. The Strehlow Collection was accumulated by the late Professor TGH Strehlow during a lifetime of anthropological research with the Aboriginal people of central Australia.