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. 


  • Programs and services for the native title and broader Indigenous sectors

    Over the past 13 years, Aurora has provided internships, training, professional development and scholarships to support staff working in native title. In addition, the Aurora Internship Program (the Program) provides intern support to over 140 other Indigenous sector organisations working in the area of policy and community development, land rights, health, 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.