The opening ceremony for the National Indigenous Constitutional Convention has kicked off in the central Australian community of Mutitjulu near Uluru.

As the 50-year anniversary of the groundbreaking 1967 referendum approaches, here's a look at what the campaign achieved for Aboriginal Australians.

Treaties, advisory bodies and constitutional recognition are on the agenda as more than 250 indigenous leaders head to Uluru this week for a referendum summit.

Indigenous leader Warren Mundine wants a constitutionally guaranteed Aboriginal voice in parliament based on local bodies rather than a national adviser.

Nigel Scullion has shrugged off calls to elevate former prime minister Tony Abbott to the Northern Territory senator's indigenous affairs portfolio.

Northern Territory kids as young as 10 have recorded elevated blood lead levels after breaking into remote airstrips to sniff highly toxic aircraft fuel.