Our Story

The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to build capability and create opportunities with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

NCIE's programs, services and enterprises are designed with the sole purpose of creating long-term improvements in wellbeing.

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

The heritage listed buildings were converted to conference, accommodation and office spaces and a purpose built gym and aquatics centre, and sports field were developed.

NCIE is a wholly-owned but independent subsidiary of the Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation (ILSC), an independent Commonwealth statutory corporation established to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to acquire and manage land to achieve economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits. The NCIE Board of Directors is appointed by the ILSC Board.


NCIE takes a strengths-based approach - with culture at the core - to deliver outcomes. We start from a place of excellence and build from a foundation of positives. We recognise and celebrate the existing and emerging strengths and assets in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Our Vision

A place where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can access opportunities to achieve excellence.

Our Purpose

We build capability and create life-changing opportunities for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to positively impact wellbeing.


Excellence: Excellence in everything we do and in everything we deliver

Integrity: Integrity through honesty and consistency in our actions

Inclusiveness: Inclusiveness by embracing diversity, fairness, equality and equity

Growth: Growth through recognising opportunity in challenges and embracing change

Our Pathways


We respect, honour and celebrate the unique and diverse cultures and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and recognise the importance of embedding culture in all that we do.

WELLBEING: We recognise wellbeing encompasses all facets of an individual’s life, including social, cultural, economic and environmental factors, and extends beyond the individual to include family and community.

LEARNING: We acknowledge the importance of education, training and employment in providing the foundation for intergenerational wellbeing.

INNOVATION: We strive to create a strong and robust business model that encourages innovation to deliver sustainable benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

COLLABORATION: We value the contribution of others with a shared vision, and we seek to work in partnership to maximise value and impact.

We lead, collaborate on and facilitate the design, development and delivery of life-changing programs and breakthrough learning experiences in the pathways.


NCIE is committed to continually improving how we do business to deliver sustainable benefits to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Our Social Impact Reports share our journey of articulating, measuring and reporting on our social impact. We look forward to this narrative generating many conversations to assist us in this journey.

Read our Social Impact Reports.

Our Services

are all majority controlled and led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

NCIE is a registered supplier with Supply Nation and a Social Traders certified supplier.