Bill Arthur and Frances Morphy have been researching Indigenous affairs and working closely with Indigenous communities for several decades. In 2001 they began working on the first edition of the atlas, which took out the award of Overall Winner in the 2006 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing (EEPA). In 2017, they began working on a second edition of the Atlas which was published in 2019. Across both editions, there have been over 40 contributors who have researched, written and mapped the content in the Atlas under the general editorship of Bill and Frances. Chapter authors for the second edition include: Bill Arthur, Maggie Brady, Heather Crawford, Tony Dreise, Dennis Foley, Donna Green, Boyd Hunter, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, Diana James, Barry Judd, Harold Koch, Kim Mahood, Francis Markham, Virginia Marshall, Frances Morphy, Howard Morphy, Huw Peacock, Kellie Pollard, Peter Radoll, Tim Rowse, Lyndall Ryan, Chris Sainsbury, Will Sanders, Leonne Satterthwait, Jane Simpson, RG (Jerry) Schwab, Claire Smith, Mike Smith, Dale Sutherland, Maggie Walter, Daryl Wesley, and Eunice Yu.