From the start, NCIG has succeeded by giving control of decision-making to Indigenous people. The Centre was formed when ANU put the future of the collection in the hands of an Indigenous consultative committee, agreeing to abide by whatever they recommended. The University is committed to ensuring that the collection is held and added to under appropriate Indigenous custodianship.
The consultative committee regarded the collection as having immense cultural, historical and scientific importance.
The Centre was formed in 2013 and the Indigenous-majority governance board has developed a policy framework that establishes the way in which the collection is managed and used. The framework, supported by the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics Statute 2016, addresses the question of how to respect and address the concerns of Indigenous Australians, and protect their interests, whilst making this unique collection current, relevant and useful in the era of large open or shared data resources.