Speakers – Policy and Regulation Strand

Policy and regulation – advancing digital capacity and capability in regional, rural and remote Australia

Internet in Remote Australia

In the past year, there have been a number of significant telecommunications and information technology policy reviews affecting remote, regional and rural Australia. These include the:

  • Universal Service Obligation (USO) review
  • Joint Parliamentary Standing Committee on the NBN
  • Review into Data Availability and Use
  • Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) law
  • development of a revised Digital Health Strategy as part of the new Australian Digital Health Agency
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • Open government strategies, in the delivery ofInternet-based government services and bandwidth requirements
  • Department of Human Services’ move to increased online client interactions.

This stream will examine the issues and discuss how communities can engage in the decision making process.

Session Chair: Daniel Featherstone – Broadband for the Bush Committee

Mini Menu: Featured Speaker, Main sessions and workshops, ProgramDelegates – accommodation info, Registration


David Spriggs

Formation and establishment of the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance.

David Spriggs, Infoxchange

David has over 20 years’ experience in senior management positions in the not-for-profit and technology sectors. He is passionate about creating a more digitally inclusive society and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the not-for-profit sector. Before joining Infoxchange in 2009, he worked for Kronos Incorporated where he led business partner operations across Asia Pacific and Europe.

Infoxchange leads the newly established Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance. This was established in early 2017 with a shared purpose to work together to ensure that everyone in Australia is included in our digital future. Partners in the ADIA currently include over 50 corporate, community and government organisations from across Australia. The ADIA grew out of The Go Digi 2016 National Year of Digital Inclusion aimed to help people to realise their online potential, raise awareness of digital inclusion at all levels of society and celebrate the benefits of digital literacy and digital inclusion through events across Australia. As part of this important year Infoxchange consulted broadly with community, government and corporate Australia to identify key goals for a Digital Inclusion Manifesto. That growing and seemingly common agenda of solving digital inclusion in Australia helped create the Australian Digital Inclusion Alliance. In this session, you’ll hear how the Alliance aims to work together and develop a set of clear actions to build a digitally inclusive Australia. We will spend time gaining insights into what the audience thinks about the idea and finding out who should ve in the alliance, as well as the key issues for it to take forward.


Julian Thomas

Digital Inclusion Index – the next iteration.

Julian Thomas: Director, Social Change Research Platform, RMIT University

Julian Thomas is Director of the Social Change research platform, and Professor of Media and Communications at RMIT in Melbourne. He works on new communications technologies and public policy. Recent publications include Internet on the Outstation: The Digital Divide and Remote Aboriginal Communities (INC, 2016), Measuring the Digital Divide: The Australian Digital Inclusion Index (2016), The Informal Media Economy (Polity, 2015), and Fashioning Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

As the Internet becomes increasingly central to everyday life, the social and economic consequences of digital exclusion also increase. Although substantial progress has been made on understanding digital exclusion at national and community levels in Australia, the absence of a sufficiently granular, longitudinal dataset is a continuing problem. This talk updates the Broadband for the Bush Alliance on key findings to date, and future work. I will take questions from the audience and encourage people to give me advice on who to collect data from and how to collect it.