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Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT)



The Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) is a national Indigenous science and technology not-for-profit organisation. CAT was established in 1980 and is incorporated under the Northern Territory Associations Act. CAT is governed by an Indigenous Board.

CAT works with remote communities across central and northern Australia and has offices in:

This organisation understands the housing and infrastructure challenges in Indigenous communities and is able to provide innovative and robust responses to those challenges. From developing bush hardy appropriate technology products and undertaking applied research, to providing affordable and reliable renewable energy services, the approach undertaken by CAT is grounded in effective engagement and sustainable outcomes for clients.

The five core organisational capabilities are:

Abstract adapted from the Centre for Appropriate Technology


Head office
Centre for Appropriate Technology
Desert Peoples Centre
Desert Knowledge Precinct
South Stuart Highway
PO Box 8044
Alice Springs NT 0871
Ph: (08) 8959 6100
Fax: (08) 8959 6111
Email: info@icat.org.au

North Queensland office
Centre for Appropriate Technology
Level 1 - Unit 3
143 Buchan Street
PO Box 6182
Cairns Qld 4870
Ph: (07) 4031 0505
Fax: (07) 4031 0431
Email: nq@icat.org.au

Northern Territory office
Centre for Appropriate Technology
GPO Box 2875
Darwin NT 0801
Ph: (08) 8981 7599
Fax: (08) 8981 7233
Email: darwin@icat.org.au

Western Australia office
Centre for Appropriate Technology
46A Blackman Street
PO Box 8301
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9192 2355
Fax: (08) 9192 3553
Email: wa@icat.org


Last updated: 5 November 2013
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