The ANU has a deep commitment to teaching and research in Indigenous Studies with over forty people working in this field. It is also home to the Australian Centre for Indigenous History, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research and the Jabal Indigenous Higher Education Centre which supports Indigenous students.
Undergraduates can take courses that focus only on Indigenous topics in a wide range of subjects (see under course/teaching), ranging from law, art, music, anthropology, archaeology, history, linguistics, governance and cultural heritage and many other courses with substantial Indigenous content including in health, and land management.
Postgraduates are working on all of the above topics, and others, at many locations across the University (see under locations).
Research covers many key areas including Aboriginal languages, with application to Indigenous language education; mapping social, religious and territorial organization which provides a basis for Indigenous governance, land claims and native title issues; conducting the archaeological and historical research that informs cultural heritage management and helps produce local histories and biographies; documenting and analysing art and performance to increase public understanding of Indigenous cultural production and its social and economic dimensions; and documenting economic circumstances to help produce better development outcomes. Together with the medical and environmental research programs, these interests provide great depth and breadth to the work carried out at ANU.
External collaborations exist with a wide range of Indigenous organisations including the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies here in Canberra, and land councils and Indigenous language centres across the nation.