The Aurora Project was established in 2006 as a result of recommendations from Richard Potok's Report into the Professional Development Needs of NTRB Lawyers in April 2005 (April 2005 Report), which identified two critical stumbling blocks for Native Title Representative Bodies and Native Title Service Providers (collectively, NTRBs)​ – difficulties in the recruitment of in-house lawyers, and the retention of those lawyers.  

Following on from the recommendations of the April 2005 Report, Aurora's early focus was directed towards supporting NTRBs and Prescribed Bodies Corporate (PBCs), however the focus has diversified extensively over the last decade, towards over 140 Indigenous sector organisations, Australia-wide. 

  • Our Purpose and Vision


    Investing in potential.  Inspiring excellence.  Transforming lives.

    Our Purpose

    To transform lives by investing in potential and inspiring excellence through education at the highest level.

    Our Vision

    A future where there is no education gap and where the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians achieve equitable participation at the highest level – in the professions, in boardrooms and across government

  • Program for the native title and broader Indigenous sector

    In the early years of the Aurora Project, we provided training and professional development to support staff working in native title, however since mid 2016, we are no longer funded for that part of our work.

    Since inception of the Aurora Project through to the present, the Aurora Internship Program (the Program) continues to provide intern support to over 200 Indigenous sector organisations working in the area of native title, land rights, policy and community development, health policy, education, justice and research.

  • Programs for Indigenous students and graduates

    The vision of Aurora under the Aurora Education Foundation (AEF) is to transform the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians through education, one life at a time, growing the numbers of Indigenous leaders, mentors and academic role models. We provide interconnected education programs, products and services that challenge low expectations, build aspirations and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to realise their academic potential.