We are pleased to announce the Australia Council for the Arts has granted funding to the CBAA for a partnership project between the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (Amrap) and our indigiTUBE platform aimed to increase the amount of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music played on community radio across the country. Working with an advisory group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, First Nations Media Australia will curate a series of compilations showcasing contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music releases which will be distributed to community radio broadcasters for airplay and featured on indigiTUBE. The project acts as a stepping stone for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to get the voices out to a broader audience. Stay tuned for more updates as the project gets rolling.
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Our AGM will be held at CONVERGE Alice Springs and will include elections for up to four positions on our Board of Directors. Ordinary members are invited to nominate representatives and/or second nominations from Associate members. Eligibility information is details in the Nomination Information Sheet here. Nomination and seconding forms must be submitted to the Returning Officer by 5pm on Friday 25 October. If you would like to have nomination forms sent to you, email
Progress on our Call for Action #4 (Strengthen News Services) is moving ahead. Over the past 5 weeks we have had the benefit of Jawun secondee, Charlotte Morgans working with our team on a business plan for developing news capacity and sharing in our sector. We thank Charlotte for putting aside her work in the University of Melbourne’s School of Communication team for a few weeks to contribute to this project. We are currently awaiting the results of funding proposals which will influence the next steps toward increasing news production capacity within our sector.
Thanks to all of the members who completed our membership satisfaction snapshot recently. We were thrilled to receive a 91% satisfaction rating and some really nice feedback comments like this one; "They offer a very important service and they are awesome, culturally sensitive and mindful of everyone's needs across the nation."

We’ll be undertaking a broader survey after the upcoming Remote Indigenous Media Festival and CONVERGE Alice Springs to get your views on what’s going well and what could be done better. But as a quick overview of where we’re at, our team was really pleased with this result.
The Coalition of Peaks is seeking community input to help identify priority areas for a new Closing the Gap framework. This is a chance to have your say on what is needed from governments to make a real change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The Coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Organisations (Coalition of Peaks), with the support of Australian governments at all levels, is talking to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives, communities and organisations about Closing the Gap throughout September and October 2019. Your views will help inform practical actions that could be included in a new National Agreement on Closing the Gap. Complete the survey here before 25 October 2019.
AFTRS Indigenous, ABC Indigenous, NITV and Screen Australia will be visiting towns and cities around the nation from September to December 2019 to meet emerging and established Indigenous creatives.

Each roadshow stop will include a presentation of the funding and career development opportunities available through Screen Australia, AFTRS, the ABC and NITV for Indigenous creators. There is also an opportunity for creators to book a one-on-one meeting with a representative from each organisation. There are dates coming up in Darwin, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Thursday Island, Cairns, Launceston, Hobart, Shepparton, Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Augusta, Ballina and Sydney. See dates and further information here.
Tranche One of the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s 1,000 Jobs Package is now open for applications. This program is a subsidy for employers to move CDP participants into new positions, although you can apply for a position for someone not currently working in a CDP position. There are up to 100 subsidies available for remote employers, for the creation of new jobs for CDP participants. Positions must be new and ongoing, they can be part time or full time, but they need to be at least 15 hours per week on average. The subsidy is up to the minimum wage of $19.49 per hour for up to 38 hours per week, 46 weeks per year. The subsidy tapers to 50% in the second year with an additional retention bonus. Applications are open now and close on at 5pm (AEDT) on Saturday 30 November. Read more.
Sylvia Tabua, Jacinta Barbour and Daniel Featherstone
Jacinta and Daniel traveled to Waiben recently to put the final touches on the 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival with the team at TSIMA. The upcoming festival is shaping up to be our biggest yet with 155 delegates registered!

Our co-hosts at TSIMA Radio 4MW have curated a fantastic celebration for us, including dance and music performances, a cultural excursion to Hammond Island and opportunities for delegates to immerse themselves in the art and culture of the Torres Strait.

The festival guide outlines skills workshops, forum topics and meetings.
Some of our team are flying out of Alice Springs today to get up to Waiben ready to greet delegates over the weekend. Others will be joining you at airports along the way so keep an eye out for us. We can’t wait to get the festival started on Sunday night!

The 20th Remote Indigenous Media Festival is made possible by our valued sponsors and supporters.
Registrations are now open for our national conference, CONVERGE Alice Springs and the First Nations Media Awards. The conference kicks off with a welcome event at CAAMA on Wednesday 27 November and wraps up with a celebration of some of the best work our industry has produced this year at the First Nations Media Awards on Friday 29 November.

But you may want to head into Alice Springs early to participate in one of the pre-event workshops: Tech for the Non Technical, Digital Archiving or Governance and Financial Management training with ORIC. Details of the pre-event workshops and registration information is available here.
Have you ever been contacted by someone saying that you've won the British Lottery to the tune of £6,500,000? Has anyone emailed or sent you a phone message saying you've won an iPad (and you don't remember entering the competition)? Has your bank messaged you to say you'll be locked out of your account if you don't respond?

Also, what sort of antivirus software is best for your smartphone? And what do you know about the privacy of your Facebook account?

inDigiMOB has begun a new round of Online Safety and Scam Awareness workshops aimed at providing remote NT community residents with some basic strategies to avoid identity theft and getting stung by one of the many scams around these days. This month these workshops will be held in Yarralin, Timber Creek and Alice Springs town camps. Keep an eye out for our updates on the inDigiMOB Facebook page and think about joining an activity for Stay Smart Online Week; October 7th - 13th!

Have you seen the new radio features on indigiTUBE? Use the interactive map to tune in to your nearest First Nations radio station, or search for your favourite and listen live or request a song. indigiTUBE has over 20 First Nations radio stations across the country that you can tune into from around the world.
From Arnhem Land and Top End, to the east coast, to the Pilbara and Kimberley, the Central Desert, to the west and south of Australia.
3KND brought Rosalie Kunoth Monks and Donna Odegaard AM together in conversation with Gman Lyons to share their stories of growing up in country as part of the Ngulu Nganjin (Everyone’s Voice) Festival in Narrm (Melbourne). This special event was broadcast live and will be made available as a podcast.
First Nations media organisations got conversations about mental health started all over the country last week for R U OK? Day on 12 September. Cherbourg Radio broadcast a community event involving schools, community groups, local services and families who have experienced terrible loss, bringing the community together to look out for each other.
Yolŋu Radio produced two special NAIDOC Week programs on the 2019 NAIDOC Week theme "Treaty, Truth, Justice". In one case Yolŋu Radio reporters spoke with long grassers around Darwin, giving them the opportunity to give their views on Treaty and other issues important to them, and pass on information to family and friends about their wellbeing, while the second program feature interviews with leading figures, including NT Treaty Commissioner Mick Dodson, NT Minister for Education Selena Uibo and Member for Nhulunbuy Yiŋiya Guyula, and senior Yolŋu elders about Treaty and what it can mean to Yolŋu people. The programs elicited great interest from Yolŋu Radio listeners, leading to repeat broadcasts. Featured audio can be heard via SoundCloud.
This month we are pleased to welcome some new members to First Nations Media Australia:
Ordinary Members
  • Queensland Remote Aboriginal Media (QRAM)
Associate (Organisation)
  • Western Regional Media Aboriginal Corporation
Associate (Individual)
  • Sheree Jacobs
  • Nevanka McKeon
  • Ed Story
  • Tanya Biondi
  • Natasha Gillespie
  • Jason Matthews
  • Jason Bill
  • Debra Claude
Associate (Individual)
  • Gary Mumu
  • Phillip Alice
Affiliate (Organisation)
  • Reading Radio 4RPH
  • Harvey Community Radio
  • Centre for Indigenous Technology Research and Development
  • Bilbie Pty Ltd
Friend of FNMA (Organisation)
  • Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies
Friend of FNMA (Individual)
  • Jan Cattoni
  • Natalie Pozdeev
Some of our newest members: Nevanka McKeon (left), Gary Mumu (right).
Applications are now open for 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communicators, advocates, journalists and spokespeople to join a unique fellowship program led by Dr Jackie Huggins AM (formerly co-chair of National Congress of Australia's First People), Larissa Baldwin (GetUp First Nations Justice Lead) and Karrina Nolan (Founder of Original Power), with support from Australian Progress.

The fellowship will equip participants with the skills to develop new, effective communications approaches to tackle issues ranging from deaths in custody to child removals, land rights and closing the gap. You will learn about messaging and framing, narrative development, message research, media and digital communications.

The program runs from November to February. It includes two residential retreats (Melbourne & Sydney) and three webinars. Beyond the initial training program, fellows will play a key part in shaping and implementation of a broader 18 month research project to find words that work to shift public narrative in support of self-determination and justice.

Scholarships valued at $10,000 per participant (covering training and travel) are available. Read more and apply here.
NITV has 2 available positions:
  • News and Current Affairs are currently hiring for the Queensland Correspondent role based in Brisbane – see job ad here.
  • Indigenous News and Current Affairs Cadet for 2020 based in Sydney – see job ad here.

CAAMA Radio has 3 radio presenter role available in Alice Springs:
  • Breakfast presenter – full time - see job ad here.
  • Presenter/Producer – full time.
  • Presenter/Producer – Casual (30 hours per week).

Screen Australia has a part time Receptionist position available, based in Sydney - see job ad here.
Giving Tuesday is a global movement celebrating generosity on a single day. For one day each year, individuals, communities and businesses come together to thank not-for-profits by giving their time, money, goods or voices.The event is taking place online on 3rd December 2019. Our Community is hosting a free webinar on 21 October called ‘How to Make A Motza on Giving Tuesday’. Register here.
Grants of up to $50,000 are available to support education programs for Australians under the age of 25, promoting ongoing education and skills. There are two categories: Empowerment & Education and Outreach & Support. Applications close 14 October.
The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund offers grants to organisations for projects that deliver exceptional opportunities for Australian authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.
Their aim is to support our members and key industry stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and offer significant development and career sustaining opportunities for writers and visual artists. The Cultural Fund encourages potential applicants to create opportunities for writers and artists at all career stages. Round 2 applications are open now and close on 30 September.
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