Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Indigenous Excellence?

 Ex·cel·lence  \ˈek-s(ə-)lən(t)s\ noun
– 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.’ - Former NCIE CEO, Jason Glanville.

What is the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE)?

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) exists to build capability and create opportunity with and for generations of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; by delivering life-changing programs and reframing possibility for all Australians.

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

Beyond program design, development and delivery; the NCIE is also changing the national conversation about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We focus on shifting discussion away from the negative deficit language of disadvantage to the positive assets based language of excellence.

The NCIE manages a number of social enterprise units to support the delivery of programs and to generate revenue for reinvestment in our programs. These enterprises include the NCIE Fitness Centre including our popular Swimming Programs, Accommodation and Conferences and the Job Ready program.

The NCIE’s landmark facilities are located in the heart of Redfern. The NCIE has been operational since 2010 and has experienced rapid growth and success. As an innovative Indigenous social enterprise, we are contributing towards building an excellent Australia.  

The NCIE’s approach draws on our timeless principles of connectedness, transformation, expression and custodianship. When we are delivering programs, promoting thought leadership, managing our enterprises or encouraging social investment, we are always conscious of these principles and our values of excellence, integrity, inclusiveness and growth.

The NCIE is also a workspace for organisations working with Indigenous people. We are co-located with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation,  National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA), and Ngakkan Nyaagu.

How can I get involved in the NCIE?

  1. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, follow us on Instagram, subscribe to us on YouTube (And then 'like', 'share' and 'comment' on our posts).
  2. Subscribe to our monthly e-Newsletter, for the best of what's happening at the NCIE. 
  3. Attend one of our many community events. Check out our Facebook page for updates.
  4. Become a member of the NCIE Fitness
  5. Book our facilities for your next conference, camp or event
  6. Participate or refer a family member or friend to participate in a pathway programs (if eligible). 
  7. Donate and support our programs and thought leadership by investing your funds in building capabilities and creating opportunities with and for generations of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders while contributing to an excellent Australia. 
  8. Partner with us on designing, developing and delivering programs with and for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


Who funds the NCIE? 

The NCIE is an independent not-for-profit company that is a subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC). In 2006, the ILC funded the original purchase of the land in Redfern and the building of the NCIE facilities from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Fund Account (the Land Fund). The ILC continues to support the NCIE's operations, as do a range of other other government agencies, corporate partners and individuals. To support the NCIE and invest in it's independence as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led social enterprise, click here