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Partnership to Bring Digital Skills to Remote NT Indigenous Communities

inDigiMOB

A new partnership launched on Friday April 15th is set to bring new digital skills into 13 remote communities in the Northern Territory. The inDigiMOB program will offer training and support in digital literacy, cyber safety and improve Internet access for community members.

It will aim to overcome key obstacles in regards to the technology use and digital literacy in remote Indigenous communities. This will include improving the affordability and availability of Internet services, as well as increasing awareness of safety issues and providing on-ground mentoring and culturally appropriate training spaces. In particular, it has a focus on peer-to-peer training and will provide digital mentors with the skills to do relevant projects within their community.

inDigiMOB is the result of a 2015 infrastructure co-investment agreement between Telstra and the Northern Territory Government, aimed at serving more remote communities with mobile and fixed broadband services. inDigiMOB is coordinated by the Indigenous Remote Communications Association (IRCA) and will be delivered in partnership with Tangentyere Council and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in its pilot year.

Batchelor Institute inDigiMOB Launch

Daniel Featherstone GM IRCA, Lauren Ganley General Manager Telstra Indigenous Directorate, Minister Hon Bess Nungarrayi Price MLA, Batchelor CEO Robert Somerville AM, and Activities Support Specialist at My Pathway Glenn Gregory at the launch of ‪inDigiMob‬ at the ‪Batchelor Institute‬ Arlparra Learning Centre

 

Batchelor Institute CEO Robert Somerville AM was present at the program launch last Friday and praised the collaboration. ‘It aims to significantly increase digital media competence. This in itself allows greater access by the community to digital tools and skills. Therefore access to banking services is easier. And more significantly, it also opens opportunities around remote communities that are considering establishing telecommunications ‘cells’ for businesses, such as call centers.”

“This is really important for Batchelor Institute, as we begin to relook at our focus for the future. Digital literacy and ensuring that Aboriginal people are able to move into this area is absolutely essential.”

General Manager of IRCA Daniel Featherstone said, “over the next three years inDigiMOB will help address barriers to the take up and use of digital technology in a number of Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory. With support from local community organisations we will work to ensure remote Indigenous people are not left behind.”

Mr Featherstone added, “where there is affordable and appropriate access, many Indigenous Australians in remote communities are rapid adopters of new digital technology. However, there are still too many people who lack access and capabilities to fully embrace the social, economic and cultural possibilities of being connected. inDigiMOB will address this and in doing so, create meaningful jobs.”

For more information, take a look at this video from the inDigiMOB launch event on Friday 15 April 2016 in Arlparra, NT. Produced by David Nixon from TransmediaNT.