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Our Research Ethics, Policies & Publications

Batchelor Institute researchers have a long tradition of meeting the highest possible research integrity standards. To build on this, Batchelor Institute and AIATSIS formed a partnership in which future Batchelor Institute research ethics applications may be reviewed by AIATSIS staff, using their Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (GERAIS).

This is a practical way in which Batchelor Institute benefits from the work AIATSIS has undertaken in developing appropriate guidelines for research with and about Indigenous peoples. Similarly, by AIATSIS considering such ethics applications from Batchelor Institute, this ensures its guidelines remain current and appropriate.

Batchelor Institute has a range of policy and related documents that underpin its research programs and that express its vision and values. They include:


Ngoonjook, Batchelor Institute’s Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues was first published in 1988 by Batchelor Press and remained in press until 2010. From the first issue, the purpose of Ngoonjook was to make relevant material available to an Indigenous readership and to all those interested in Indigenous Australian issues. The themes explored included education, health, cultural identity, natural and cultural resource management, creative arts and languages and linguistics.

A sample of articles can be found in Edition No. 35, edited by Batchelor Institute IRC Fellow, Jeanie Bell:

  • What’s in a word? Word form and meaning in a Ngaatjatjarra traditional story by Elizabeth Ellis and Michaela Wilkes
  • Ngapartji Ngapartji by Beth Sometimes
  • Koorie footprints to higher education: a case study by Kate Zizys
  • Living in the mainstream by Ailsa Purdon
  • Anmatyerr Angkety Angkwey: Anmatyerr stories about the old days by Margaret Carew
  • Language and identity: a speech by Kiah Perry
  • Akwetant anwantherr mpwarerl-apetyek: we’ve got to keep on doing it by Gail Woods
  • Languages of revival: understanding a new type of Aboriginal language by Dr Christina Eira
  • Language and linguistic knowledge: a cultural treasure by Jeanie Bell

Past editions can be purchased through Batchelor Press’s website.
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