About IAD Press

Established in the early 1970s, IAD Press has built a strong reputation nationally and internationally as an Indigenous publisher of excellence. Based in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), the traditional lands of the Arrernte people, its purpose is to:

  • Publish the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and artists.
  • Promote the many and varied voices of Indigenous Australia.
  • Maintain and promote Indigenous language and culture.

IAD Press is the publishing arm of the Institute for Aboriginal Development (Aboriginal Corporation) ICN 7395, a not-for-profit Aboriginal community controlled organisation.

It has developed from an in-house printing service producing small leaflets and simple language resources to a professional publishing house with a rich catalogue of books including:

  • Language dictionaries and learner’s guides
  • Indigenous art
  • Oral histories relating to land and culture
  • Biographies
  • Books for children and young adults
  • Fiction
  • Poetry and short stories
  • Natural histories

IAD Press is committed to ensuring all publications represent an authentic Indigenous perspective. To ensure this cultural integrity we have a highly consultative process with authors and contributors. We also ask for a letter from the community or elders from the language group represented in each book to ensure that it has full community support and is an authentic voice from that language group. All book project proposals are also taken to our Aboriginal Board of Management for approval to ensure the correct community consultation protocols have been followed, before we begin the publishing process.


IAD Press (as the publishing arm of IAD) is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.