Indigenous Weather Knowledge

About the IWK website

Wedge-tailed eagle by Luke ShelleyWedge-tailed eagle by Luke Shelley

The Indigenous Weather Knowledge website was launched in 2002 as a joint partnership between the Bureau, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) and Monash University's Centre for Indigenous Studies. The website is a formal recognition of traditional weather and climate knowledge that has been developed and passed down through countless generations by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

For the Bureau, reconciliation means meaningful engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people—whether as users of Bureau products and services, or otherwise contributing to or sharing knowledge with the Bureau. Central to this intent is striving to understand, then harness and celebrate the unique skills and perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Through the Indigenous Weather Knowledge website, the Bureau is working with communities that wish to record and share valuable seasonal and environmental information and traditional knowledge.

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