A membership application form is available here. The period of Alliance membership lasts for the duration of the financial year in which the membership application is approved. Members are listed in alphabetical order.

AMSANTAboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT

AMSANT is the peak body for Aboriginal community-controlled health services (ACCHSs) in the Northern Territory and has played a pivotal role in advocating for and supporting the development of community-controlled health. A crucial factor has been its membership of the Northern Territory Aboriginal Health Forum (NTAHF), a tripartite health planning body that brings AMSANT together with the health departments, forming arguably the most effective health partnership of any jurisdiction in Australia.

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Australian Communications Consumers Action Network

The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) is Australia’s peak body for consumer representation and advocacy in communications. We represent residential consumers and small businesses including not-for profit organisations in so far as they are consumers. ACCAN focuses on goods and services encompassed by the converging areas of telecommunications, the internet and broadcasting, including both current and emerging technologies.

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ASCAAustralian Smart Communities Association

The Australian Smart Communities Association (ASCA) (formerly the Broadband Today Alliance) is a collaborative alliance of local government, RDA and Regional Organisations of Councils’ (ROCs) built on the premise of sharing information and advocating for the resources to assist the localised creation of smart digital communities. Over 135 local governments are represented with over 8 million Australians represented across all states and Territories.

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BIITE logoBatchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education

Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education sits uniquely in the Australian educational landscape as the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dual sector tertiary education provider. Under its ‘Bothways’ philosophy, the Institute significantly provides an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lens to a mainstream education system.

The Institute has two major campuses, one in Batchelor and the other in Alice Springs, backed up by a range of learning campuses across rural and remote Northern Territory. Key to Batchelor’s success is its higher degree by research programs, sitting alongside a highly successful Vocational Education and Training program.

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CAAMACentral Australian Aboriginal Media Association

The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) began operations in 1980 and was the first Aboriginal group to be allocated a broadcasting license. The Aboriginal people of Central Australia own CAAMA through an association regulated under the Incorporations Act , and its objectives focus on the social, cultural and economic advancement of Aboriginal peoples.

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Central Desert Shire Council

cdsThe Central Desert Shire is located in Central Australia and covers an area of approximately 283,000 square kms. The Shire was formed in 2008 through the amalgamation of a number of community councils. The Council is an elected body of twelve members who are elected for a three year term to carry out duties under the provisions of the Local Government Act and Regulations. Council is the decision and policy making body whilst Council staff are the means by which these decisions and policies are carried into effect. Councils are responsible for the delivery of a broad and unique range of services to their communities, with different communities within the Shire having their own different priorities.

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Central Land CouncilCentral Land Council

The Central Land Council (CLC) is a representative body promoting Aboriginal rights. It is a statutory authority under the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act 1976. It also has functions under the Native Title Act 1993 and the Pastoral Land Act 1992. The roots of the CLC lie in the history of Aboriginal struggle for justice and rights to traditional land. The CLC is a Council of 90 Aboriginal people elected from communities and covers an area of 750,000 square kilometres in the southern half of the Northern Territory.

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Centre for Appropriate TechnologyCentre for Appropriate Technology

CAT has been working at the nexus of livelihoods and technology with communities of Indigenous people since 1980. We apply our expertise in community engagement and leverage our capabilities in housing and infrastructure services, applied research, project management and capacity building to assist Indigenous people build self-reliance and economic independence. We operate at the interface of governments, policies, programs and communities, using our understanding and evidence base to influence and champion better approaches to service delivery, technology transfer and social change.

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Centre for Remote HealthCentre for Remote Health

The Centre for Remote Health (CRH) is a joint centre of Flinders University and Charles Darwin University. It is one of a network of University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) funded by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing to improve the health status of populations in rural and remote areas by appropriate preparation of the health workforce, thereby improving recruitment and retention levels. Its primary location is in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, with satellite campuses in Katherine and Darwin. The Centre’s catchment area is Territory-wide and includes cross-border areas in South Australia and Western Australia.

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Desert Knowledge AustraliaDesert Knowledge Australia

Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) is a national organisation that works to bring about change to sustain and enhance the lives and livelihoods of all desert peoples. Based in Alice Springs with reach across desert and remote Australia, DKA came out of a community, government and NGO intercultural response to create new ways of responding to the challenges of desert and remote Australia and to create opportunities for its residents.

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EGFEthos Global Foundation

Ethos Global Foundation (EGF) is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that works across government, business and the private sector to assist developing communities to build and strengthen their capacity to participate in the local economy. EGF is a specialist, capable of facilitating large programs that have a diverse cultural element requiring multi-platform approaches to community development and communications intelligence.

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Frontier ServicesFrontier Services

Frontier Services is a major provider of care, health, family and community services, and pastoral support to people in remote Australia. Frontier Services works with people across 85% of the continent, in remote areas, with Aboriginal communities, on isolated properties and mining sites. Frontier Services is a charity and national agency of the Uniting Church that grew out of the pioneering work begun in 1912 by the Rev John Flynn (“Flynn of the Inland”).

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Indigenous Remote Communications Association

IRCAIRCA is the national peak body and resource agency representing and advancing the interests of the remote Indigenous media sector as well as the media and communications interests of remote and very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia.

IRCA recognizes and promotes the historic role remote Indigenous media practice has played in the maintenance of language and culture, self-representation and community development and acknowledges the role remote Indigenous media organisations (RIMOs) have played in the development of the industry and sector.

IRCA’s sphere of activity encompasses those many discrete and diverse communities that continue strong traditions of language, law and cultural practice. IRCA specifically represents the unique needs of remote Indigenous people far from urban and regional populations and service centres whose media and communications practice is critical and essential for well-being and cultural integrity.



Infoxchange provides services that enable a digitally inclusive society. We have delivered on a range of projects that use technology to create positive social change across our Digital Inclusion, Digital Proficiency and Digital Empowerment agendas. Infoxchange uses technology as the primary tool to create a fairer, more inclusive Australia. We do this by working directly with disadvantaged communities and the organisations that support them.

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Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association

ICPA (Aust) is a voluntary, non-profit, apolitical parent body dedicated to ensuring that all rural and remote students have equity of access to a continuing and appropriate education. It encompasses the education of children from early childhood through to tertiary. Children may be educated in small rural schools, by distance education, attend boarding schools or school term hostels and sometimes have access to early childhood services as well as tertiary students whose family home is in rural and remote Australia who frequently must live away from home to access further education. The Association, established in 1971, has over 2,500 members, many of whom reside in the more remote parts of Australia, and who all share a common concern of gaining access to education for geographically isolated children and the provision of services required to achieve this.

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Mid West Development Commission

The Mid West Development Commission (MWDC) is a State Government statutory authority that strives to encourage the sustainable development of Western Australia’s Mid West region. The Commission’s operations are overseen by a community-based Board and functions under the provisions of the Regional Development Commissions Act 1993. The MWDC is responsible to the Hon Brendon Grylls MLA, Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development; Minister Assisting the Minister for Transport.

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National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

NCIE_LogoThe National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) exists to pursue an excellent Australia. One that is built on the foundation of the more than 40,000 years of innovation, adaptation and the survival of Australia’s first peoples. Their aim is to liberate possibility and create opportunities for generations of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders by delivering life-changing programs. The NCIE is leading the national conversation about the legacy of excellence that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have and continue to practise in this country.

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The Indigenous Digital Excellence initiative is a partnership between the NCIE and the Telstra Foundation. Indigenous Digital Excellence is what happens when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples leverage digital technologies to increase their own, and their community’s, wellbeing.

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National Rural Health Alliance

NRHA_LogoThe National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) is Australia’s peak non-government organisation for rural and remote health. Its vision is good health and wellbeing in rural and remote Australia and it has a commitment to equal health by the year 2020. The NRHA comprises 37 Member Bodies, each of which is a national organisation. It collects and disseminates information so that it can determine the key issues affecting rural and remote areas and provide a coherent view on health and health-related issues to governments, the public, educational and research institutions and other bodies. It is also the national management agency for the Australian Government of the Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme and Stream 2 of the Rural Health Continuing Education program (RHCE2).

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nintiNinti One

Established in 2003, Ninti One is an independent, national not-for-profit company that builds opportunities for people in remote Australia through applied on-ground research, innovation and community development.

We operate at the nexus of research, policy and practice, with an emphasis on the practical application of research. We do this at a community level in remote Australia. We also provide independent, proven, professional research and consulting services to a wide range of organisations and enterprises with an interest in remote Australia.

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rdantRegional Development Australia, Northern Territory

Regional Development Australia is a partnership between the Australian, state, territory and local governments to develop and strengthen the regional communities of Australia. It plays a pivotal role in ensuring the long-term sustainability of Australia’s regions. RDA Committees build partnerships with all spheres of government, regional development organisations, local businesses, community groups and key regional stakeholders to provide strategic and targeted responses to economic, environmental and social issues affecting the regions of Australia.

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rapadRemote Area Planning and Development Board

The Central Western Queensland Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) is a unified local government organisation which aims to assist and facilitate the growth and development of our Central West and wider Outback region. By working together member local governments are united in their desire to enhance the quality of life for all residents.

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Swinburne Institute for Social Research

The Swinburne Institute

The Swinburne Institute for Social Research (The Swinburne Institute) is one of the largest social sciences and humanities research centres in Australia, with an international reputation for independent, innovative and excellent research. Researchers at the Swinburne Institute have a wide range of interests and work across disciplines including urban planning, economics, statistics, sociology, history, media studies and political sciences.

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The Communication and Creativity flagship investigates, influences and invents new forms of media. It undertakes independent research about the uses and possibilities of media, participates actively in policy debates, and develops innovative enterprises that produce and communicate research and commentary about society, the economy, culture and politics. A core focus of the flagship’s work is on the social dimensions of broadband, including broadband research in remote Indigenous communities (the Home Internet Project).

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TelSoc is a multidisciplinary society whose aim is to promote knowledge, understanding and excellence in telecommunications and its applications including the digital economy. There are regular networking activities and lectures in all states of Australia plus two keynote orations each year. TelSoc also publishes, with Swinburne University, the Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy.

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