• Protect. Connect. Inspire.
The Keeping Place is a powerful, innovative and safe tool for collecting, protecting and appropriately sharing cultural knowledge.
Digitally connecting culture and country to create new opportunities.


The pilot of The Keeping Place Project is a landmark partnership between two native title groups and three resource companies in Western Australia’s Pilbara region. With a shared vision, they set about creating a safe and meaningful way to repatriate cultural and heritage information, back to the rightful custodians. The partnership has been further strengthened through collaboration with the National Trust of Western Australia and the Indigenous Land & Sea Corporation.

The result is ‘The Keeping Place’, a secure, customisable online platform that enables Traditional Owners to regain data sovereignty, apply cultural protocols, manage native title, improve governance and unlock social and economic opportunities for current and future generations. As part of the pilot project a new Indigenous owned and controlled not-for-profit company has been established to own and manage The Keeping Place. Indigenous groups that use The Keeping Place will become member-owners of this company.

Project Benefits

  • Delivering the latest technology

    The latest digital technology used in a culturally sensitive and relevant way to strengthen intergenerational cultural connections and inspire cultural identity.

  • Respectful and customisable cultural protocols

    A secure, customisable online platform with cultural protocols at the core that enables recognised individuals or groups to choose how their cultural information is captured, accessed and shared.

  • Building the capacity of PBCs

    Providing PBCs with a secure and integrated information management system that can be used to manage membership information, agreement compliance, native title future act processes and heritage service provision.

  • Safely repatriating heritage information to the rightful custodians

    Enabling the easy migration of heritage and cultural information held by other sources, such as resource companies, government agencies, museums and archives, universities and heritage consultants’ databases to the rightful custodians.

  • Enabling new social and economic opportunities

    Providing Aboriginal corporations with a commercial asset capable of providing increased income through activities such as heritage service provision, cultural awareness training, cultural tourism businesses and land management projects.

  • Aligning corporate governance with cultural values

    Delivering an integrated system for Indigenous Australian’s, their communities, and PBC’s to build on their cultural knowledge and improve governance and decision making.

  • Facilitating training and employment opportunities

    Creating training and employment opportunities for local Aboriginal IT administrators, technicians, heritage officers and language workers.

  • Improving relationships between mining companies and Aboriginal corporations

    Delivering improved relationships between the mining industry and native title partners in the preservation of Aboriginal cultural knowledge.

Building deeper and stronger connections to share and grow cultural knowledge.

The Keeping Place has a bold vision to be a sustainable digital cultural centre for all Indigenous Australians.

Following completion of the pilot project The Keeping Place platform will be made available to all Traditional Owner groups seeking to establish their own private, secure and self-managed digital cultural centre within The Keeping Place.

Building on the combined experiences of Traditional Owner user groups, the platform will continue to evolve to meet the varying needs of groups across the country.

If you’re interested in learning more, please download the flyer or fill out the following form and a member of The Keeping Place Project team will contact you with additional information.

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