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Dr Gotha (Kathy) Guthadjaka, 2018 NT Senior of the Year winner, announced the 2019 Senior NT Senior of the Year

2019 Northern Territory Australian of the Year Nomination Night

8 November 2018

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Dr Gotha (Kathy) Guthadjaka, 2018 NT Senior of the Year winner, announced the 2019 Senior NT Senior of the Year winner Charlie King OAM, a human rights campaigner from Darwin.

Bettina Danganbarr the 2018 NT Local Hero of the Year winner, presented the 2019 award to Kate and Tick Everett — parents of Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett and advocates against bullying from Katherine.

Danzal Baker or ‘Baker Boy’ a rapper and dancer from Milingimbi won the 2019 NT Young Territorian of the Year.

And Michael Long, AFL champion and community leader from Darwin won the 2019 NT Australian of the Year. Michael is an advocate for reconciliation who prompted the AFL to introduce a racial abuse code. View all the pics from the night HERE

Dr Rebecca Hardwick Welcome Dr Rebecca Hardwick

8 November 2018

Please welcome Dr Rebecca Hardwick to the NI family. Rebecca (Becky) is a post-doc research associate working with the Realist Research, Evaluation and Learning Initiative (RREALI) team. 
Her PhD at the University of Exeter was on how third sector (not for profit) healthcare organisations use research and other kinds of knowledge in their work.

You can contact Rebecca on 8946 7491 or

NI meets Indonesian Ministry of Defence

Indonesian Ministry of Defence visit

7 November 2018

Professor Ruth Wallace recently met with an Indonesian Ministry of Defence Delegation at Northern Institute including officials Lieutenant Colonel Luma Sahap Maranata and Major Mahfut to discuss potential cross-collaboration projects and CDU’s capability to partner in training and research in areas such as disaster preparedness and emergency management, public policy and local governance. The delegation presented Professor Wallace with a very impressive engraved medallion to commemorate the meeting.

Senior Lecturer in Indigenous Studies Greg Williams Indigenous language school open for business

05 November 2018

Charles Darwin University has opened its enrolment books in the lead up to a summer school program designed to increase awareness and understanding of endangered Indigenous languages.

Senior Indigenous Studies Lecturer Greg Williams said three workshops were on offer through the Australian Indigenous Languages Institute (AILI) at the CDU Sydney Centre from January 14-25 next year.

“We are offering an Introduction to Yolngu Languages and Culture, a beginner’s course to Gamilaraay (an east Australian language) and an Introduction to Linguistics for Indigenous Languages,” Mr Williams said. Full Story here

Professors Greg Shaw and Ruth Wallace Seamless transition for social sciences and education

05 November 2018

Long-time CDU academics are steering two important new areas of the university, with Professors Ruth Wallace and Greg Shaw now heading social sciences and education teaching and research.

The College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society brings together expertise in Indigenous knowledge practices, human geography, disaster preparedness and management, languages, humanities and the creative industries.

The Dean, Professor Ruth Wallace, said the college aimed to be a leader in creative and innovative approaches to engaging with many distinctive perspectives on the world, generating new ideas and critiquing the old. Read more....


Dr Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka’s Investiture on country

Dr Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka’s Investiture on country

30 October 2018

Northern Institute’s Dr Guthadjaka made the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2018 and this week she was officially appointed a Member of the Order of Australia by Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory. For the first time, the Investiture ceremony was held on Gäwa, Elcho Island which is Gotha’s country. A small delegation of Gotha’s colleagues including Northern Institute Director and College Dean of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, Professor Ruth Wallace, travelled to Gäwa to help commemorate the occasion. The event was preceded over by senior Warramirri clan Elder Daymaŋu (James) Bukulatjpi.

The entire community and school gathered to celebrate with prayers from Allan Maratja and speeches delivered by family including Clive Munyarryun and Mawuyul Yanthalawuy AM, who received her Order of Australia in 1991 for service to education and to Aboriginal culture.
Dances were performed by Gäwa and Galiwin’ku Youth and a banner dance by David Stanfield. The ceremony also included a Citizenship Ceremony for Gäwa Christian School Principal Rachel Herweynen. A highlight of the program was a performance by the Elcho Island Junior Choir, who originally formed as primary age children in the early 1960’s. The choir sang a hymn in a local language, Gupapuyngu. Government dignitaries in attendance included Senator Malarndirri McCarthy and Independent member for Nhulunbuy, Mr Yingiya Guyula MLA. After the formalities, the whole community joined together for an afternoon tea and to sing happy birthday to Gotha who only days before celebrated her 70th birthday.

Northern Australian Women Scientists gather for launch Catalysing Women Science Program

22 October 2018

Calling All Women in Science - 'Catalysing Women Science Program in Northern Australia' was successfully launched on the 18 October 2018 at Darwin Innovation Hub, Darwin. Over 50 people attended and they had the opportunity to share their thoughts and knowledge about women in science.

For further information about this program, please contact Professor Cathy Robinson via

View pics from the event

Wuyagiba students on campus

Wuyagiba students meet researchers on campus

20 October 2018

Recently staff from CDU’s Northern Institute and the Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods met with a group of 17 prospective students from Wuyagiba (on the coast between Ngukkur and Numbulwar) who were travelling through Darwin on their way to Sydney to visit Macquarie University. The folks in the group are part of a study group who have set up their own study hub at their outstation at Wuyagiba and are getting ready for tertiary study. They dropped into CDU to meet staff and to get an idea of the study options available at Charles Darwin University. Read more

Chancellor, Kathy (Gotha) Guthadjaka & Ruth Wallace

Gotha's Honorary Doctorate & CDU Graduation 2018

12 October 2018

On Friday, Northern Institute celebrated many milestones at the CDU Graduation Ceremony 2018. Gotha (Kathy Guthadjaka) was awarded an Honorary Doctorate. Our first two Master of Public Policy students graduated. Three of the five PhD students that were awarded their Doctorates were Northern Institute students. Congratulations to everyone!

View the graduation pictures HERE