Welcome to the second FNMA newsletter for the year. It’s been great catching up with so many of you early on and hearing about what you have planned for 2022.

I would like to begin by saying that our thoughts and wishes go out to all the communities and people affected by Covid-19 and especially those who have lost loved ones through this pandemic.

I also send our best wishes to all of those affected by the recent devastating floods in Queensland and NSW,
especially the Koori Mail, whose building and workplace was lost and to NIRS and Triple-A who were also affected by the deluge. I also send our best wishes to all of those affected by the recent devastating floods in Queensland and NSW, especially the Koori Mail, whose building and workplace was lost and to NIRS and Triple-A who were also affected by the deluge. We wish you a speedy recovery and will help in any way FNMA can to assist you in that process.

been a busy time for everyone here at FNMA as we begin planning for the year ahead. We are pleased to announce that the postponed 2021 CONVERGE will now be held online in June. The AGM and Media Awards will be held on 22 April with Board nominations still open for interested people to become a Director. Please contact the FNMA office for eligibility details.  FNMA will work to hold the 2022 event this November in Alice Springs, depending on restrictions imposed by Covid-19, we plan on this being in-person. FNMA is still looking into the viability of a Remote Media Festival and will keep you updated about that in the future.

The Above & Beyond report commissioned by FNMA was released earlier this year and is a study of First Nations Media and the Covid-19 pandemic and, the important work First Nations Media organisations are doing. The report has gained widespread attention and FNMA will look at expanding the report further to collect data and information pertaining to the First Nations media sector. You can read the Above & Beyond here.

FNMA continues to work towards partnering with other media organisations to create future opportunities for our members and I will go into more details as we progress and sign off on those agreements. Admittedly, we are in the early stages of discussions but look set to have some exciting news for you in future newsletters.

We are still working in partnership with AIATSIS to move into FNMA’s new premises in the Todd Mall by June/July of this year and if all goes well the Archiving Project will be in before the rest of the team to continue the important work they are doing to preserve the materials created by you, our members, over the years.

In February, I travelled to Sydney to meet with many of our stakeholders and partners and potential new collaborators and it was a successful trip. I think it’s important, that after 2 years of isolation we try and meet again in person with our stakeholders and members to rebuild partnerships to carry on the work that has been achieved in that period so I hope I get to meet as many of you as I can in the coming months. Stay safe and talk soon.
2021 CONVERGE Adelaide - Back Online
CONVERGE Adelaide is back - ONLINE!

Postponed in 2021, due to COVID-19 restrictions, our team have been working hard to bring you the CONVERGE Adelaide conference.

Set to be held in June, the conference will be online, giving our members the opportunity to get together and learn from each other, listen to keynote speakers, hear from our sponsors and many more opportunities.

Further information and a registration date will be announced soon for the online conference - watch this space!

Out & About in Sydney
Several FNMA staff members came together in Sydney last week to attend meetings with stakeholders, partners, and Elders, and to strategically plan for the coming year.  With FNMA staff located all over the continent, these face to face meetings are vital to promote positive working relationships amongst our team.
Funding Support for Journalists Announced
The Australian Government has released a Media Policy Statement responding to a Green Paper consultation process last year about television broadcasting and regional journalism. FNMA made a submission in May 2021 highlighting the support needed for public interest journalism and First Nations content production. The response outlines plans to:
  • establish a $10million Journalism Fund;
  • standardise Australian content reporting requirements;
  • establish a Create Australian Screen Trust (CAST) with two funding pools focused on projects of cultural significance and commercial investments; and
  • Establish a Future of Broadcasting Working Group to contribute to policy development aimed to modernise free-to-air television services.

FNMA will continue seeking opportunities for our members to apply for cadetships and content production support through forthcoming grant processes. Read the statement here.
Recent Submissions
This month FNMA has submitted:
  • feedback to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s concepts paper for a National Anti-Racism Framework highlighting the role of media representation in reducing racism. Read here.
  • A Pre-Budget Submission to Treasury requesting funding allocations totalling $31.58million to support the sector to provide essential information services; increase jobs & skills and actions to improve the sustainability of the community-controlled media sector. Read here.
Mirndiyan Gununa Women’s Cultural Liaison Roxanne Thomas inspects the analogue media archives.
PAK Multimedia worker Jordan checks the Papulu Apparr-kari archives.
Archive Project Digitisation Trip
Mirndiyan Gununa Art and Culture Centre on Gununa/Mornington Island has a strong history of performance and visual art and craft of the Lardil, Yaangkal and Kaidilt First Nations.

FNMA Digitisation Coordinator and Lardil man Steve Hodder Watt visited his island home recently and inspected the analogue archives that need to be digitised before Deadline 2025, including VHS tapes featuring news clips of the MI dance troupe.

Steve also visited the Papulu Apparr-kari Aboriginal Corporation in Tennant Creek on the way back from Mount Isa. The team there have an established audio/visual digitisation suite and have commenced magnetic media digitisation. Support is being provided with transferring content that can be organised for analogue-magnetic media that needs specialised equipment being used in the FNMA offices.

Please contact Steve Hodder-Watt for more information.
Calling Community Reporters to Join our Team
FNMA is looking for people working within First Nations media organisations to join the Community Reporter network.

The FNMA News Initiative is a result of a long-term objective in First Nations media:
· To support the production of quality community news by engaging and training Community Reporters in First Nations media organisations to extend their media skills; and
· to distribute this news through the First Nations media network, giving media organisations a broader choice of news stories to share with audiences. Read more

Expressions of interest are open from 4-25 March 2022 through this simple form.

If you would like further information or assistance with completing the Expression of Interest, contact our Initiative Support Officer, Reece Lamshed on 0403 219 299 or via email here.

Academy Winning the Fight for Fitness
Arrernte Community Boxing Academy (ACBA) is an Indigenous program offering various avenues of functional fitness for all fitness levels including general fitness and boxercise classes, competition boxing for beginner and elite level, and KUNGAS KLASS.

Our Membership & Executive Support Officer, Stephanie Stone is one of the founders of ACBA, and a participant in the KUNGAS KLASS, which is designed for women only and is a very popular and evolving part of their program.

Initially the Academy was formed as a boxing focus program only, preparing boxers for competition events etc., but overtime the Academy moved toward a more community inclusive and focused program,” said Stephanie.

When Stephanie is not at the ACBA, she is working hard at FNMA to provide support and guidance to any of our members if needed. You can contact Stephanie here.
Congratulations to indigiTUBE team member Donna Woods on being selected for the Future Leaders, Australia Council of the Arts development program. The Australia Council has announced the 54 participants of its leadership programs that invest in emerging, mid-career and established creative practitioners both in Australia and across the Indo-Pacific.

"I'm actually really humbled to be included in this amazing group of Australian and International Future Leaders within the creative and cultural industries. I know I'm going to be thoroughly inspired as I learn more about them all and the work they're
doing and appreciate the opportunity to develop my own capacity through this program and apply new skills and thinking to my work here at FNMA." Read More.
inDigiMOB Update
It was Safer Internet Day on Tuesday Feb 8. The theme for this year was #PlayitFairOnline.

inDigiMOB has been working with our partner organisations to understand what eSafety issues they experience in their communities. This will help us know what resources and information we need to provide as part of our activities.

If your organisation wants to learn more about eSafety contact us at or check out the eSafety Commissioner website -

Member Highlights
Floods Impact the Koori Mail
Our hearts are with the Bundjalung communities currently being impacted by the flood disaster. Our member, the Koori Mail is WHOLLY owned by five Bundjalung Aboriginal community organisations:

- Bundjalung Tribal Society at Lismore;
- Bunjum Co-operative at Cabbage Tree Island;
- Buyinbin Co-operative at Casino;
- Kurrachee Cooperative at Coraki; and
- Nungera Co-operative at Maclean.

Can you help? Click on the GoFundMe link to donate.

To keep up-to-date with the impact on Bundjalung Country, head over the the Koori Mail's Facebook page.     

3KND New Program “On Track”
3KND has a new program “On Track” which is proudly sponsored by the COVID-19 Aboriginal Community Response & Recovery Fund and hosted by specialist journalist Hayley McAdam. Check it out on their website here.
Last Chance - 2022 Gumbaynggirr NAIDOC Comp
Last chance to help One Mob Radio design their 2022 Gumbaynggirr NAIDOC T-Shirt!

Deadly Prizes to be won!! Including a FREE Outside Broadcast from the School of the Student that comes 1st Place in our Competition.

Submit your artwork to or contact One Mob Radio for collection before Friday 11th March 2022.
Burawa Short Courses
Tranby is very proud to announce the launch of the Burawa National Indigenous Careers Centre’s website. That offers a series of free, online, non-accredited short courses to help build your career confidence and skills. To register, click here.
Expressions of Interest: International Decade of Indigenous Languages Directions Group
The Office for the Arts is seeking Expressions of Interest from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to become members of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages Directions Group. The Group will guide the Australian Government's involvement in the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2023.  Applications close 11.59pm AEDT, Sunday 6 March 2022. Read More.
CBAA Community Radio Participation Census
The CBAA is kicking off its biggest-ever 2022 Participation Census and we need feedback from all volunteers and workers in community radio stations. This revamped survey, conducted every few years, aims to understand the people that make up our vibrant sector. This should only take ten minutes of your time, and you can go in the draw to win one of three $100 GiftPay vouchers. Click Here to Complete the Survey!
NAIDOC Nominations Now Open
Every year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from around the country are awarded a range of National NAIDOC awards for outstanding achievements in their community such as Elder of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Creative Talent, Caring for Country, to Education and Youth of the year. There is sure to be a category that you can nominate a community member for. Nominations are now open and will close on 11th April 2022. Click here, to get your nominations in!
JobTrainer Support Available
Did you know the JobTrainer program can provide free courses to help you move into careers in media and other industries?

There are courses in Screen and Media, marketing and communications, IT, accounting, social media skills, administration, cyber security and data skills on the list, among other qualifications.

Eligibility differs from state to state. Read more.

To find out what’s available in your state, contact our Member Services Officer, Stephanie Stone.
CBF Grants and Webinar Series
Do you have a question about CBF grants? Want to know what resources are available or where to go for help? Looking for some tips on how to make your applications better? Visit the CBF website for more information here.
EOI Bondi Pavilion Community Radio Studio Partnership Opportunity
Waverley Council is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from established community radio stations to utilise and promote the new community radio studio developed as part of the Bondi Pavilion restoration project. APPLY NOW.
Award Indigenous Scholarships
AWARD School is a 12-week creative-thinking course that will help you to break into Australia's creative industries. If you’re an aspiring storyteller or a creative thinker and are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, we’re offering six scholarships for our 2023 program valued at up to $2,200 to cover the entire AWARD School course. These scholarships are issued each year. Read More.
Build Leadership Skills + Boost Community Engagement
If you have some big ideas for your station this year, let us help you get the skills to make them a reality! This is a fully subsidised opportunity for you to work with peers and mentors to build leadership skills and boost community engagement. Read More.
CMTO Training Opportunities
Join the CMTO Summer of Learning!  Enrol in CMTO's FREE self-paced online courses to help you hone your skills in preparation for a big 2022.

You can choose from these three courses or if you’re super keen, do them all!

  • Media Law for Broadcasters
  • Health and Safety at your Station
  • Creating Radio Content Remotely

Created by the Community Media Training Organisation’s expert team of trainers and assessors these online self-paced courses are easy to access and fun to complete.  
To enrol, click here
Art Music Awards 2022
APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre (AMC) are calling on members to nominate their peers across a range of categories for the 2022 Art Music Awards.

The Art Music Awards
are presented each year with the aim to honour the music, the people, and the organisations that make up Australia's diverse and vibrant art music landscape. Read more
Untapped 2022
Untapped is a breakthrough talent development program for undiscovered and historically excluded Australian screenwriters and directors. The program, which includes masterclasses from visionary filmmakers who are boldly breaking down industry barriers and mentorship from internationally successful and high-profile production companies, is designed to give emerging Australian screenwriters and
directors the education and access needed to fast track their careers and their projects. For more information and to apply, click here.
4th National Indigenous Art Triennial
This is your opportunity to check out the amazing art from 30 First Nations artists from across the country.

4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony curated by Hetti Perkins, Arrernte and Kalkadoon peoples, and a team of curators at the National Gallery in Kamberri/Canberra, opens on 26 March and runs until 31 July 2022 before touring nationally. Ngambri/Ngunnawal Traditional Custodians Dr Aunty Matilda House and her son, Paul Girrawah House, will create their work in the National Gallery Sculpture Garden with the traditional practice of tree scarring. They will be joined by more than 30 First Nations artists from around Australia to showcase their art in Ceremony.

Ceremony, as a word and act, has been an integral to First Nations people since time immemorial, and continues to be today. READ MORE
Dr Matilda House and Paul Girrawah House, Ngambri/Ngunnawal peoples,
with scar tree, Kamberri/Canberra, 2021 © the artists.

Strengthening Rural Communities
The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small remote, rural and regional communities across Australia an opportunity to access funding to support broad community needs. The program has three funding streams available, to view more information or to apply click here.
2022 Indigenous Languages and Arts Grant Opportunity
The Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia. The ILA program supports community-led organisations with grant funding administered through an annual open competitive grant opportunity and a targeted competitive grant opportunity which is by invitation only. Read more
2022 Closing The Gap Strengthening Community Capability Grants
The Closing the Gap Strengthening Community Capability Grants program aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the NSW Government working together to overcome inequality and achieve life outcomes equal to all Australians. To view the grants and more information, click here.
Supporting Australia's Most Exciting Audio Storytellers
The Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship is a $15,000 cash fellowship, awarded annually to an Australian resident pushing innovative audio storytelling. This fellowship will provide a career-defining opportunity for a mid-tier practitioner to accelerate their career. Read More.
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