Indigenous Knowledge-Sharing Interventions in Australia and the Use of Information and Communication Technology: A Scoping Review


  • Shirley Gregor Australia's National University (ANU)
  • Maya Gunawardena University of Canberra
  • Ahmed Imran University of Canberra
  • Safiya Okai-Ugbaje University of Canberra
  • Catherine Page Jeffery University of Sydney
  • Rhonda Wilson University of Newcastle



Indigenous knowledge, knowledge transfer, knowledge sharing, Aboriginal, information and communication technology, intervention


Indigenous peoples in Australia are subject to significant disadvantages both socio-economically and in health, education and service provision. Knowledge-sharing interventions, including those with an information and communications technology (ICT) base, have the potential to address these challenges. Interventions occur against a background of an ancient culture with distinctive ways of knowing and doing, including storytelling, art and performance. This study documents the results of a scoping review of interventions that have been undertaken in this context. It considers the outcomes of these interventions, the extent to which Indigenous ways of knowing were accounted for and whether ICT was involved. Our review of the peer-reviewed literature located two prior reviews and seven primary studies. All of the primary studies were about health interventions; of these, all those that reported positive outcomes only had incorporated Indigenous ways of knowing, some in innovative ways. Only two studies used ICT as their main vehicle. This article provides a base for further work by documenting the current status of the field and identifying the gaps, such as the scarcity of non-health and ICT-based studies. The cases identified provide useful insights for those with an interest in developing future initiatives.

Author Biography

Shirley Gregor, Australia's National University (ANU)

Professor School of Accounting and Business Information Systems


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How to Cite

Gregor, S., Gunawardena, M., Imran, A. ., Okai-Ugbaje, S., Page Jeffery, C., & Wilson, R. . (2023). Indigenous Knowledge-Sharing Interventions in Australia and the Use of Information and Communication Technology: A Scoping Review. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 27.



Research on Indigenous use of Information and Communication Technologies