Indigenous Focus Day 2015
The Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) and the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) hosted the Indigenous Focus Day on Tuesday 14th July in Darwin, at the Charles Darwin University Casuarina campus’ stunning ACIKE Building.
The event took place alongside the Broadband for the Bush Forum IV. It attracted 75 participants and focused on identifying the obstacles to digital inclusion and the opportunities that arise from being connected.
Participants were representatives from the Indigenous community, as well as delegates from community organisations from across Australia. The Day consisted of an opening address from Joe Morrison, CEO of Northern Land Council, some shorter presentations and facilitated breakout sessions.
Key themes explored were affordability, accessibility, awareness and appropriateness.
You can download the Broadband for the Bush Indigenous Focus Day 2015 Full Program here
To view the photos from the Broadband for the Bush Indigenous Focus Day 2015 go to IRCA’s Flickr page.
“Remote Indigenous people are the most digitally excluded group in Australia, yet where connectivity is available, they are quick adopters. The Indigenous Focus Day presentations demonstrate the innovative ways that remote people and communities are seeking to reduce the divide and use broadband and mobile devices for locally relevant storytelling, enterprise, employment, and cultural and language continuity.”
– Daniel Featherstone, IRCA General Manager
“We’d like to thank everyone involved and those who helped with the Indigenous Focus Day. It was great to hear from the Indigenous community about experiences with communications services. Many relevant issues were explored and we were able to provide invaluable consumer information to the community. We hope the Focus Day will help to inform and empower consumers to use technology and telecommunications to overcome obstacles to digital inclusion.”
– Teresa Corbin, ACCAN CEO
- A dedicated community-driven strategy is needed to be developed to ensure digital inclusion of the most excluded group in Australia. One-size-fits-all models don’t work
- There are many opportunities of inclusion- jobs, enterprise, language and cultural development
- Economic profiling is needed to provide evidence of the demand and benefits of inclusion
- Community and cultural ownership are critical to local engagement
- LTSS provides an opportunity, but needs to have last-mile distribution, skills development, relevant content and applications for greater inclusion.
The Broadband for the Bush Indigenous Focus Day 2015 was supported by Charles Darwin University, Telstra Indigenous Directorate, Ethos Global Foundation and the Northern Territory Government. We would also like to acknowledge the generous contribution made by Northern Territory Library and its fantastic team. And a thank you to the wonderful Christine Ross for moderating the event.