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Our Story

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) is built on the land of the Gadigal of the Eora Nation. Our presence is a tribute to the custodianship of the Traditional Owners and Elders since time immemorial and the resilience of the Indigenous Redfern community.

Born out of an idea in 2006 for a National Indigenous Development Centre, the Indigenous Land Corporation, with the support of the local community, purchased the land where the Redfern Public School had operated for over a hundred years.

The NCIE was officially incorporated as the National Indigenous Development Centre in 2008, and in 2009, became the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer, Jason Glanville, was brought on board to lead the Centre’s development.

The NCIE builds capabilities and creates opportunities by delivering life-changing programs and promoting progressive thought leadership through its enterprises and facilities.

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Our Impact

We have impacted over 20,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and created over $30 million in social value*. 

Since opening in 2010, we have had over 20,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people participate in life-changing programs, community forums and local events at our Centre in Redfern. Through our partners, we have impacted thousands more young Indigenous people around Australia, supporting our collaborators to build capabilities and liberate possibilities.

We have already created over $30 million in social value and our ability to make impact grows every day. Every dollar donated to or invested in the NCIE creates almost $5 worth of social value. 

We reach millions of Australians monthly through traditional and social media and provide a much needed excellence framework for engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 

The NCIE has not only had a significant impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, it has reframed possibility and positively influenced the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

And we are just getting started.

‘The NCIE gives heaps of kids the confidence to go out, outside of Redfern, and do whatever they want to do with their lives. These kids are doing things you never thought would be possible ... But they're doing it, and it’s the Centre.’ - Harry Murphy, NASCA Indigenous Intern and NCIE Indigenous Youth Engagement Council

*Figures based on KPMG Social Impact Report 2013

Our Programs

With our partners, and through our enterprises and facilities, we lead, collaborate on or facilitate life-changing programs in the pathways of arts and culture, health and wellness, learning and innovation, and sports and recreation.

We currently have over 20 programs running through five enterprises in collaboration with more than 20 partners.

NCIE enterprises include Conference, Campus, Fitness, Aquatics and Job Ready (comprised of the Les Tobler Centre and Yaama Dhiyaan).

NCIE led programs include our Employment and Training Program, Construction and Hospitality program, Indigenous Membership Support Program, Learn to Swim Program, Indigenous Lifelong Literacy Pipeline, Afterschool Program and School Holiday Program, the Lifestyle Innovations For Everyone (LIFE) Program, our online Community of Excellence and Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Initiative (a partnership between the NCIE and Telstra Foundation).

NCIE partner led programs, delivered in collaboration or hosted at our facilities, include Tribal Warrior’s Clean Slate Without Prejudice Program, the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy’s (NASCA) Careers and Aspirations Program, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience's (AIME) Learning Centre, the Foundation for Young Australian’s (FYA) National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA), The Long Walk’s Walk the Talk Program, The National Empowerment Project, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) Digital Storytelling program, and The Aurora Project's The Aspiration Initiative (TAI).

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'Working with the NCIE and being one of the foundation tenants has been one of the most significant steps in AIME’s growth of the program as we have risen from the streets of Redfern with 25 kids to now be working with over 1000 Indigenous high school kids across the East Coast of Australia.We couldn’t have hoped to have found a more perfect home. To be based at a world class location, which oozes positivity and has the headlines of ‘Indigenous’ and ‘Excellence’ in the title, meant that we entered a location and a base that wouldn’t settle for low expectations for Indigenous people in this country, but drove us all forward to achievement, positivity and a future of hope.' - Jack Manning Bancroft, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, 2012

Our Thoughts

 Ex·cel·lence  \ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)s\ 
– embodying an outstanding quality, doing something extremely well.

In·dig·e·nous Ex·cel·lence  \in-ˈdi-jə-nəs ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)s\ 
– assertion that all Indigenous people inherently embody a unique and outstanding quality, that is, being connected to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander history, culture and community.
– also, Indigenous people exhibiting excellence in any field or domain.

‘Indigenous Excellence is a belief in liberating possibility, a conviction that past experience can be used to fuel future innovation, and a trust in the inherent capacity of every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australian to be the absolute best version of ourselves.’ - Jason Glanville, NCIE, CEO

Our thought leadership focuses on changing the national conversation about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It prioritises shifting discussions away from the deficit language of disadvantage to the positive assets based language of excellence. Words matter, we believe respectful positive language increases engagement and cultivates pride, dignity and self-belief.

It is the NCIE’s intention to reframe possibility and to tell the untold stories of Indigenous innovation, resilience, contribution and achievement.

‘Excellence is the New Black’ is a saying we coined to capture the growing shift in focus to Indigenous stories of success and aspiration. We did this to reinforce that all young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people inherently embody Indigenous excellence. The phrase conveys that young Indigenous Australians excellent futures, full of possibilities, where they decide what they choose to do and what excellence means to them.

Our Facilities

The NCIE is made up of five buildings across two sites located in Redfern, Sydney. The landmark facilities on George St comprise of our Fitness Centre, Camp and Conference Centre, the Indigenous Digital Excellence Hub and Gadigal House. Our Job Ready hospitality and construction program is located at the Yaama Dhiyaan Hospitality Training centre and the Les Tobler Construction centre at 255 Wilson Street, Darlington.

Our Fitness Centre includes three levels of activity space plus a sports stadium, indoor pool and outdoor sports field.

Our Conference Centre includes two levels of conference and dining space plus outdoor courtyards and barbecue areas. The Campusincludes 110 beds in camp-style accommodation over 24 rooms and five secure pods. 

The two level Job Ready site on Wilson St in Redfern has the Les Tobler Centre on the ground floor and Yaama Dhiyaan above on the street level.

Gadigal House includes five separate office spaces for over 70 workers. Current tenants are the NCIE's Leadership Office, the NCIE's Indigenous Digital Excellence Hub, the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and Tribal Warrior. 


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