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Links and public learning resources   

The Hawke Centre offers the following links as a public resource to promote civic awareness and public learning. 

The Hawke Centre does not accept any responsibility for the information contained in the web sites listed below. These links are offered as general information only.


Centres honouring former public leaders


John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library

The JCPML has been established to honour the contribution to Australia of its wartime Prime Minister and international statesman, John Curtin. Prime Minister Curtin's inspirational leadership and political courage unified Australia during the grim years of World War II.

Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library & Institute

The Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library (ADPML) will form part of the forthcoming Deakin Institute. It will be a dynamic learning environment which celebrates the significant contribution Alfred Deakin made to Australia's political and social institutions.

Don Dunstan Foundation

The Don Dunstan Foundation was established shortly before Don Dunstan's death in 1999 with a view to perpetuating the memory of the Founder and reflecting his life’s work through fostering research and education on a broad range of issues concerning social development.

Malcolm Fraser Collection

The Collection comprises documents, photographs, books and other material relating to the life, family and career of the Rt Hon. Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister of Australia from 1975-1983. The collection complements the official records held at the National Archives of Australia (NAA) as well as a number of other personal and political collections at the University of Melbourne.

Menzies Foundation

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation Limited is a non-profit, non-political organisation created in 1979 to promote excellence in health research, education and post graduate scholarship by Australians.

Whitlam Institute

The Whitlam Institute commemorates the life and work of Australian statesman Gough Whitlam and pursues the causes he championed.



Nelson Mandela Foundation

"In its commitment to conflict resolution, to the removal of poverty as well as improving the health of the public, especially in regard to terminal diseases, the Foundation has joined those organisations that bring hope to many people in our country and possibly beyond our borders". Nelson Mandela

The Churchill Centre

The Churchill Centre is the international focus for study of Winston Churchill, his life and times, with the aim to ensure that future generations never forget his contributions to the political philosophy, culture and literature of the Great Democracies and his contributions to statesmanship.

The Churchill Archive Centre

Churchill Archives Centre is home to the papers of Sir Winston Churchill and to over 570 collections of personal papers and archives documenting the history of the Churchill era and after.

The Cabinet War Rooms

As bombs rained down on London in 1940, Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet met in The Cabinet War Rooms. Today visitors can see it just as it looked during the war years.


US Presidential Libraries and Museums

The Presidential Library system is made up of 11 Presidential Libraries. Each Presidential library contains a museum and provides an active series of public programs.

Also included in the Presidential Library system is the Nixon Presidential Materials Staff, which administers the Nixon Presidential materials under the terms of the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act.


Civil Society

Global Foundation

The Global Foundation is a citizens' initiative seeking to bring together the expertise and influence of eminent people from within Australia and around the world for the common purpose of encouraging Australia's sustainable national development in a global context.

International Crisis Groups

International crisis groups or conflict resolution groups as they are sometimes called, seek to contribute to the resolution of international conflicts in a peaceful non-violent way. These organizations often provide support and training for those wanting to resolve conflict peacefully. They also produce written works and multimedia materials in the hopes of presenting non-violent resolution ideas to policy makers to be incorporated into public policy. Below are a number of such organizations along with journals and publications that advocate non-violent international resolutions.

Israel Democracy Institute

The Israel Democracy Institute was established with the purpose of assisting in the revamping of various institutions in the political system and an acceleration of reform processes have become a necessary condition for maintaining the democratic nature of Israeli sovereignty, of strengthening Israel's democratic institutions and shaping its values, which are still in a formative stage.

New Matilda

Australia is the only western country without a national human rights act or equivalent. New Matilda has launched a campaign to change that.  New Matilda is an online magazine and policy portal. They are an independent media voice, delivering accessible, informed comment on significant issues in Australia and abroad.

Peace Foundation

A partnership between the corporate, media, public service, community groups and academic communities. The Sydney Peace Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation within the University of Sydney.

Seeds Consulting Services

Delivering cutting edge services to assist governments, business & community organisations with facilitating sustainable change. Seed Consulting Services is experienced in project development and management, program and policy development, undertaking feasibility studies, workshop facilitation, stakeholder engagement, preparation of funding applications, training and systems development.

Social Enterprise News

Markets and governments play vital roles in Australian life. But by themselves, neither can create strong, inclusive and prosperous communities. Both need a third sphere of initiative-taking and relationship-forming activity to interact with. Both need a strong civil society in which people - as individuals, families, communities, associations and businesses - interact, form partnerships and generate ventures to achieve social purposes.   Social Enterprise Partnerships is a unique organisation in Australia. Our aim is to support this third sphere of activity at both local and national levels.

The Australian Fabian Society

Active since 1947 - the AFS is Australia's oldest left-leaning political think tank.

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests.


Education and professional development

The Australian Education Network University Guide

The Australian higher education sector offers a complete range of programs and courses that lead to internationally recognised qualifications.

The Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

ANZSOG was established by a consortium of Australian and New Zealand Governments, Universities and Business Schools who share a vision of creating a world-class institution which focuses on the needs of the government and community sectors.

IB Coaching

Leading edge solutions to business and to individuals. Specialists in Organisation Development Consultancy and in Personal Development Programs.


Government sites

Federal Government web site

Access to Australian government information.

Parliament of Australia

Parliament of South Australia

SA Government web site


Heritage and Cultural Centres

Australian Trade Union Archives

Australian Trade Union Archives (ATUA) is an online gateway for researchers and scholars of labour history. It has been designed to link together historical detail, the location of archival resources available in public archives and libraries, published material, and current information about Australian industrial organisations, particularly trade unions, from the late nineteenth century to today.

Collections Australia Network

Australian cultural heritage collections online.

Department of Environment and Heritage (South Australia)

The conservation, protection and enhancement of the State's environmental resources and natural and built heritage are key drivers of the Department for Environment and Heritage. Our natural environment provides the basis for economic development across the State, and the Department assists by regulating to ensure the sustainable use of these natural resources.

Migration Museum

The Migration Museum works towards the preservation, understanding and enjoyment of South Australia’s diverse cultures. It is a place to discover the many identities of the people of South Australia through the stories of individuals and communities.

National Archives of Australia

The National Archives promotes good government recordkeeping and encourages community awareness and use of valuable Commonwealth records in its care. Find out about Australia's 26 Prime Ministers along with other collections within the National Archives.

National Library of Australia

Welcome to the National Library of Australia. Take an information journey through centuries, continents and civilisations using our online collections, services, exhibitions and publications.

National Trust

The National Trust is interested in protecting a lot more than old buildings. We're concerned with all aspects of our heritage, whether it be environmental, cultural or structural. In fact, the first National Trust property wasn't even a building. It was Montagu Island on the South Coast of NSW, home to an endangered colony of fur seals and fairy penguins.

South Australian Museum

The South Australian Museum is one of Australia's most popular tourist attractions. It has the highest visitation of any of the cultural institutions in the City of Adelaide. The Museum is situated on the leafy boulevard of North Terrace and is surrounded by gardens, lawns, historic buildings, the Art Gallery and State Library. Across the road is the city's main commercial shopping area.

State Library of South Australia

Visit this web site to see the latest collections and displays within the State Library.

State Records of South Australia

 State Records of South Australia is the home for much of South Australia's official documentary heritage with records that provide a valuable insight and knowledge about the lives of South Australians. State Records holds large numbers of maps, plans, photographs and films, in addition to the vast number of paper files dating back to the 1830s.


Human Rights

Amnesty International

Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognised human rights. AI's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination.

Australian Human Rights Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission is the new name of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. The Commission was established in 1986 by an act of the federal Parliament. It is an independent statutory organisation and reports to the federal Parliament through the Attorney-General.

CARE Australia

CARE Australia is this country's second largest foreign aid organisation, providing humanitarian assistance across the globe. CARE Australia is unique because it is directly responsible for the design and implementation of its own programs - giving an Australian face to overseas aid and providing ordinary Australians with a means of directly helping those most in need in the developing world.

Oxfam Australia

Including information on the Blueprint for a More Secure World. This document, which outlines a six-point plan for Australia's contribution to safeguarding global peace, is available for comment. A final version is expected to be launched in July 2004.

UNIFEM Australia

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is a non-profit organisation working to help improve the living standards of women in developing countries and to address their concerns. It is a global organisation with programs which promote women's leadership, with the goal to give women an equal voice in the decisions that shape their future and that of their children.


The national publication of the United Nations Association of Australia. Compiled from Federal parliamentary and other sources relevant to Australia's obligations to the United Nations.

World Vision Australia

World Vision involvement ranges from assisting an individual child to community development. Poor, marginalised people and communities work with World Vision to improve their lives and take control of their futures.


Indigenous Affairs

Aboriginal affairs and recognition

South Australian Department for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation: aims to advance the well being of Aboriginal families and communities in South Australia and engage Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal South Australians in the achievement of reconciliation.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)



ANTaR SA, Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation, is a coalition, mostly of non-Indigenous people and organisations.  ANTaR formed in 1997 as a response to the Federal government’s plan to cut the native title rights of Indigenous Australians. The ANTaR coalition works hard to raise awareness about native title rights, and about 'reconciliation' more broadly.


Multicultural services

Reconciliation SA

The Reconciliation South Australia Incorporated is a not-for-profit organisation with a major focus on encouraging the people's movement for reconciliation at a state level after the cessation of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation

Multicultural SA

Multicultural SA is the agency responsible for advising the Government on all matters relating to multicultural and ethnic affairs in South Australia. Multicultural SA is led by the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC).

Refugee Council of Australia

The Refugee Council of Australia is a non-profit peak organisation. It provides information on and advocacy for refugees and humanitarian entrants in Australia on behalf of its 90 organisational members and many individual members. It is not a part of the Australian Government.

Nexus Multicultural Community Arts

Nexus Multicultural Community Arts is a not for profit community arts organisation currently promoting the values and benefits of a multi cultural Australian society through an exciting series of multicultural performances and forums. These events at the Lions Arts Centre Gallery and Cabaret.


Services for people in crisis

Domestic Violence Prevention

Project within the SA Crime Prevention Unit whose aim is to work with other agencies and sectors in order to reduce or prevent crime.

Salvation Army - Central Violence Intervention Program

The Central Violence Intervention Program is an interagency initiative to reduce domestic violence. The program is a collaborative venture between The Adelaide Magistrates Court, The Department for Correctional Services, The Department of Human Services, The Salvation Army and the South Australia Police.

South Australian Council of Social Services

SACOSS is the peak body for social services in South Australia. A not-for-profit independent organization, whose members represent a wide range of interests in social welfare, health and community services.

UnitingCare Wesley Adelaide

The goal of UnitingCare Wesley is to assist people to overcome barriers to living life to the full. They will work with people and communities to build on strengths and to break the "cycle of disadvantage". There will be a focus on early intervention and sustainable outcomes.


Support Groups

Emily's List

EMILY's List Australia is a national organisation aimed at getting more progressive Labor women elected to Parliament.

National Council of Women of Australia

The National Council of Women of Australia is an umbrella organisation with which are affiliated seven State and Territory National Councils of Women. Each State and Territory Council has affiliated with it a number of women's organisations with a wide diversity of aims and goals, but the common linkage is to improve the status of and conditions for women and their families in Australia.

Men's Information and Support Centre

Established a service that recognises that men in South Australia need specific support in many areas. Offering direction, support and guidance to men.

Other Women's Organisations (Australia)

Listing useful web sites.


Australia's premier community development organisation. Community based we work collaboratively with government, non-profit groups and partners to provide a range of programs and services to build strong People, strong Families, strong Communities.

Women's and Children's Hospital: Men's Groups

Fatherhood support program and men's groups.