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Institute for Aboriginal Development

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About Us

The Institute for Aboriginal Development Incorporated (IAD) was established by the Uniting Church in 1969 to assist community development for Aboriginal people and provide cross-cultural education between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal society. It is now an independent Aboriginal community-controlled language resource centre and adult education centre serving the Aboriginal community of Central Australia.

General Activities
• education programs which range from literacy and numeracy to vocational and higher education level courses
• an Aboriginal language and culture centre specialising in language cross-culture and cultural maintenance programs, as well as providing interpreter services and language research
• a publishing arm, IAD Press, which produces material on the Aboriginal people, language and culture of Central Australia.

• help Aboriginal people to develop the knowledge and skills required to cope with cross-cultural situations.
• devise and carry out educational and other programs related to the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal people.
• promote cross-cultural understanding through specific programs for non-Aboriginal people.
• maximise involvement by Aboriginal people in the control and management of the affairs of the Institute and in the way in which they are conducted.
• promote the research and understanding of Central Australian languages.

Education Activities
• Community education
• Vocational education and training
• Workplace training
• Language maintenance programs
• Cross-cultural programs
• Cultural maintenance programs
• Interpreter services
• Language research

To assist Aboriginal people in their social and emotional wellbeing and job development through the provision of education and training programs, specialist language education resources and cultural materials and the preservation of Aboriginal histories and stories.

That Indigenous people enjoy lifelong learning and successful jobs.


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3 South Terrace
Alice Springs
Northern Territory 0870