Australian history



Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place

This Australian government policy document presents a five-year plan to renew and revive Australia's arts, entertainment and cultural sector. It aims to deliver new momentum, so that Australia's creative workers, organisations and audiences continue to thrive and grow, and so that the nation's arts, culture...

Boordiya Waangkiny: Elders’ stories of hope, resilience and connection

The Noongar people’s continued resilience, connection to culture, and hope for the future, is the basis for this publication. Much of the information is derived from Noongar Elders who have shared stories of their pasts and hopes for the future.

Forgetting the past: how post-modernist theory has replaced history in Australian universities in 2022

This report contains the systematic review of 791 history subjects offered across 35 Australian universities in 2022. It is an update of the IPA’s 2017 report - 'The rise of identity politics: an audit of history teaching at Australian universities in 2017.'

Visualising Victoria's electoral history

This paper provides an outline of some of the main electoral and political changes in Victoria since the 1850s. It combines historical sources with computational data analysis and visualisation techniques to illustrate patterns in Victoria’s electoral and party systems.

Australia before Whitlam: a slice of the sixties

What was Australia like before the Whitlam Government? This paper explores that question by homing in on February 1967, the month that Gough Whitlam succeeded Arthur Calwell as Leader of the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party.
Policy report

Providing a "fair go" for all

Next25's research demonstrates that the 'fair go' is seen as an important pillar of Australia’s identity – but there is a strong belief that the nation is performing poorly on this. Examining the data more closely reveals nuanced perceptions between demographics. So, researchers dug deeper...
Briefing paper

1954 Opening of the Victorian Parliament by the Queen

This publication looks at the preparations and events leading up to the royal tour of Australia in 1954, including the opening of the second session of the 39th Victorian Parliament by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 25 February.
Conference paper

From provision to subsidisation: tracking changes in Commonwealth rental housing policy

This paper explores changes in Commonwealth and State political and economic thinking regarding public housing.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Clive Palmer and the United Australia Party claim three former prime ministers as their own. Is that correct?

United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer says his party can boast three former prime ministers. Verdict: Mr Palmer's claim is nonsense.

Our way: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander protocols

In 2021, the National Archives of Australia announced new protocols to guide its Indigenous community engagement and records management. These protocols aim to develop a culturally competent organisation that will facilitate trust between the National Archives and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Discussion paper

The opinions of Indigenous Australians viewed through a population lens: the Reconciliation Barometer

This paper examines an analytical/empirical approach to representing ‘Indigenous Australians’ – the biennial survey known as the Reconciliation Barometer (RB). It explores the RB’s revelation of the diversity of Indigenous opinion about two matters relevant to reconciliation: whether there is trust between Indigenous and non-Indigenous...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Clive Palmer and the United Australia Party claim three former prime ministers as their own. Is that correct?

United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer says his party can boast three former prime ministers: Joseph Lyons, Billy Hughes and Sir Robert Menzies. Verdict: Mr Palmer's claim is nonsense.

On Taungurung Land: sharing history and culture

This publication is the first monograph to examine how the Taungurung Nation of central Victoria negotiated with protectors and pastoralists to retain possession of their own country for as long as possible. The book shares generational knowledge, in order to revitalise relationships to place and...

Cancelled! How ideological cleansing threatens Australia

Like all modern societies, Australia has to understand, interpret and learn from its history. In this paper, Peter Kurti argues that we must be sure to protect our country, our communities and our citizens from the three dangers posed by cancel culture — the corrosion...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison says the colony of New South Wales was founded on the basis there would be no slavery. Is he correct?

Is it correct that there was no slavery in Australia when NSW was founded as a colony? The verdict: Mr Morrison's claim checks out.

‘I spoke about Dreamtime, I ticked a box’: teachers say they lack confidence to teach Indigenous perspectives

Many teachers don’t feel confident or capable to include Indigenous perspectives in their classrooms. However, curriculums are needing Indigenous perspectives beyond tokenistic inclusion.

Tall ship tales: oral accounts illuminate past encounters and objects, but we need to get our story straight

Researchers reflect on what happened when Captain James Cook arrived in the Pacific 250 years ago, and how it shapes Australians today.

Timeline of trauma and healing in Australia

This timeline looks at some of the events, trauma and healing that’s taken place in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities over the last two and a half centuries. The dates in this timeline are a selection representing the breadth of events that have occurred...

Telling Australia's story - and why it's important: report on the inquiry into Canberra's national institutions

This report reflects the outcomes of the inquiry into Canberra’s national institutions, which examined their strategic value, their engagement with the Australian people, and their governance and resourcing challenges.

Barbeques and black armbands: Australians’ attitudes to Australia Day

Based on the 'Life in Australia' study, this report assesses Australians' support for Australia Day, commemorated on 26 January.

Australian history’s last stand: an audit of Australian history teaching at universities

This report examines the way in which the history of Australia is currently being taught in Australian universities. It is based on a systematic review of all 147 Australian history subjects taught in 2018 at the 35 Australian universities that offer programs of study in...

The rise of identity politics: an audit of history teaching at Australian universities in 2017

This report outlines a systematic review of all 746 history undergraduate courses taught in 2017 at the 35 Australian universities which offer history as a program of study.

Australia Day 2017: change the date mate?

The majority of Australians don’t want to change the date of Australia Day, see us become a republic or change the national flag, according to a survey conducted following the recent controversies of Australia Day 2017.

Aliens in their own land: 'Alien' and the rule of law in colonial and post-federation Australia

This thesis argues that the ‘rule of law’ was not followed in colonial and post-federation Australia in relation to a fundamental principle of the common law.
Conference paper

Still settling cities: sustainability, governance and change

For many people, Australia was ‘settled’ soon after European occupation, through the actions of hardy, resourceful and sometime foolhardy ‘settlers’.