Community engagement

The National Centre for Australian Studies (NCAS) addresses the emerging challenges of Australia today:

  • Government and the Arts. The NCAS serves on a host of state and national government committees and plays a leading role in advocating the Arts in Australia.
  • The National History Syllabus. The NCAS worked with the national committee devising a challenging new history syllabus for Western Australian secondary schools. Learn more about the National History Syllabus [MSWord 155kb].
  • Providing expert commentary to the media on issues on national importance.
  • Fielding major forums in urban and regional Australia.

Innovation and interdisciplinarity is at the core of Australian Studies. We are committed to an educational partnership with Indigenous Australians and we celebrate our collaboration with the Centre for Indigenous Studies.


  • India and Australia – Cricket and Post-Colonialism: A National Conversation with Boria Majumdar Gideon Haigh and Professor Brian Stoddart Venue: BMW Edge, Federation Square, Melbourne Date: 22 December 2011, 6:00pm – 8:00pm This timely National Conversation conducted was conducted on the eve of India’s 2011-2012 Test series against Australia. Australia and India were once both creatures of Empire.  Indian Read more
  • Broken Hill’s memory of the Great War: Outback Oration April 2008 Twice a year, students and staff from the National Centre for Australian Studies visit Broken Hill, a mining community embodying much of the spirit of ‘Outback Australia’. And twice a year, leading Australian scholars deliver the ‘Outback Oration’, a public lecture addressing the concerns of Read more
  • In April every year Australians commemorate Anzac Day and mourn our country’s traumatic loss in war. The National Centre for Australian Studies leads research into the origins, history and ever-changing significance of Australia’s ‘National Day’. The Annual Anzac Address takes the story of the Gallipoli campaign to communities great and small who lost so many Read more