At CONVERGE Brisbane in March, IRCA members voted on a new name for our organisation to better represent our role as a national peak body representing broadcasters and media organisations in remote, regional and urban areas. A broad list of suggestions was narrowed down throughout the conference until a new name was decided: First Nations Media Australia.

Over the months since our team has been busy preparing for this transition and developing the new logo you can see above. So now we are pleased to announce we are officially using our new name!

You can now find us at:

Our staff emails will now end with as well. But don't worry, if you forget and use IRCA, you will get through to us for a little while yet.
A reminder that earlybird registrations for CONVERGE Sydney close this Friday
(31 August). We have limited travel subsidies available to help First Nations delegates attend the upcoming event. To secure travel assistance for your organisation and grab discounted registration rates, register now! Stay tuned for program announcements coming soon....

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As part of CONVERGE Sydney's program we're excited to be celebrating the technicians who get our media out to audiences across the country. In November we will be:
  • presenting a Technical Innovation Award as part of the inaugural First Nations Media Awards (get your nominations in this week!)
  • running sessions in the program focused on technical developments
  • welcoming our new event sponsors, Broadcast Components who will be showcasing new equipment and available to talk tech solutions for radio and television broadcast throughout the conference.

Register your station's technician for CONVERGE Sydney to get in on the action!
In case you need a re-cap on what happened last time we converged in Brisbane, take a look at our CONVERGE Brisbane Outcomes Report. We can't wait to see you all again to continue the conversations and update you on our progress....
Nominations for the inaugural First Nations Media Awards have been rolling in over the last few weeks. With 18 different awards categories to choose from, the First Nations Media Awards aims to celebrate all areas of our sector, from the content-makers to the behind the scenes supporters and the people who deserve recognition for years of media service. Don't miss out on nominating a person from your team or a project you believe deserves recognition. Nominations close on Friday 31 August.
L>R Karl Hampton, Daniel Featherstone, Kaava Watson, Dot West, Vince Coulthard, Claire Stuchbery, Jodie Bell & Jen Enosa
First Nations Media speaking up in Parliament House
This week representatives from First Nations media organisations travelled to Canberra to deliver a Parliamentary Briefing to Ministers and their staff and to speak directly with members of Labor's First Nations Caucus Committee. A media conference was held in the Mural Hall with our Chair, Dot West speaking directly to the press gallery about our calls for action from government.

The delegation spent several days in the Capital, holding individual meetings with Members of Parliament, the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet, the Department of Communications and the Arts and other stakeholders.

This trip was a great opportunity to build on our existing relationships within government and to establish new connections. We look forward to sharing some of the outcomes of those discussions over the coming months.
Yolngu Radio broadcasting live from Garma 2018. Photo shared from Yolngu Radio Facebook page.
Garma 2018
Our General Manager, Daniel Featherstone headed to Gulkula in Gumatj country for Garma 2018 with a delegation supported by Telstra, who fund our inDigiMOB Digital Mentors program. This was a great opportunity to network with Telstra managers and staff and representatives from other Telstra funded programs including the National Centre for Indigenous Excellence’s IDX program, Queensland Library's Deadly Digital Communities and Financial Counselling Australia.
The indigiMOB project, now in its third year, is focused on building digital inclusion skills and tools for people living in 13 remote communities across the Northern Territory.

Garma is attended by about 2,500 people each year. This year, the key theme for the festival was yuwalk lakamara (truth-telling). Delegates were welcomed by Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM and Yothu Yindi Foundation CEO Denise Bowden, and we heard a powerful keynote presentation from Djawa Yunupingu along with presentations by  Marcia Langton, Noel Pearson, Minister Scullion and many more. The cultural festival included artwork on display, Bunggul dance performances on the Gumatj nation ceremonial site, performances from Top End musicians and bands...all being broadcast out across the country live from ARDS and shared via Facebook Live by NITV.

Overall it was a great showcase of Yolngu culture and activities, a space for discussing Trbig ideas, and a reminder of the important role First Nations media plays in the truth-telling.

indigiTUBE is ready for your content
We’re getting excited in the lead up to the new indigiTUBE platform going live in September. If you want to get involved and promote your media content, indigiTUBE will be hosting a 'How to Contribute to indigiTUBE' webinar on Wednesday 5 September at 12:30pm CST / 1pm AEST / 11am WST. Stay up to date and make sure you’re following us on facebook and instagram.
indigiMOB has begun its third year with program
(and possibly final) with team planning meetings and key stakeholder meetings. The inDigiMOB team hopes to consolidate the relationships it has in twelve communities across the NT, providing additional support to the Digital Access Workers and Digital Mentors on the ground to enable them to pass on their techy skills to other community members. Further effort will go into adding another partner organisation to the inDigiMOB team and delivering outreach workshops to some communities that are not part of the program yet.

Meanwhile, after contributing to the Darwin inDigiMOB Digital Mentor workshop in June, animation specialist, Jonathan Daw, started working with inDigiMOB in late July. He is now engaged in facilitating animation workshops to support our partners and increase remote community participant’s digital skills.
Pitjantjatjara artist Yaritji Young’s entry in Australia’s most prestigious Indigenous art competition — the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Awards — tells the story of the honey ant or Tjala Tjukurpa.
ARDS Awarded Radio Series
ARDS will take conversations about gambling and community resilience to the streets, with a three-year project. ‘Finding a pathway to reduce harms caused by pokies -12 part series airing on Yolŋu Radio and available online.
NITV news and current affairs producer Danny Teece-Johnson has been appointed digital executive producer for NITV Radio.
"I am extremely excited about my new role at NITV Radio and see it as a great opportunity to connect even more with my community," Mr Teece-Johnson said.
Some new resources
Violence against women is now recognised to be a serious and widespread problem in Australia. It is ultimately preventable, but first we need to understand it. Our media sector often plays in a role in bringing those difficult conversations to light. If this is something you're addressing, or considering talking about in your radio program, television piece or print article, you might want to take a look at the resources Our Watch has prepared for guidance on language, facts and figures, and a range of papers specific to the experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children aimed to help change the picture.

Media Diversity Australia has created a handbook to help guide media professionals on reporting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and issues. The document is intended as a introductory resource for media which might be useful for some of your mainstream media contacts, training projects with partner schools and/or program guests.
Sing a song in the traditional language of your area! ABC Education is inviting schools to work with their local Indigenous community to translate the Marrin Gamu song into the first language of their area

The Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC) have a number of upcoming training opportunities free to Directors and members of CATSI organisations including:
  • 4-6 September - Introduction to Corporate Governance workshop in Darwin
  • 16-17 October - Two-day governance workshop in Nhulunbuy
For Board members....
Leep Community has published this Quick Guide to Better Board Meetings which might be helpful to some of our the newer Board members in our sector. Or as a refresher for our experienced Boards!

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) is hosting a free webinar on 25 September, 2018 (12pm-1pm AEST) to introduce new Board members to the responsibilities and duties of being a Director. This webinar will focus on good governance practices for people just settling into a Board position.

For Treasurers...
CPA Australia is offering free mentoring for Treasurer's of small, not-for-profit organisations (with an annual income less than $250,000). The program is run in partnership with Pro Bono Australia and provides support and assistance from a qualified accountant. This is an opportunity for Treasurers to develop skills and knowledge to fulfil the Treasurer role on your Board.  
Available vacancies within inDigiMOB team.....
We are looking for a technically savvy Project Coordinator and Digital Mentor to work out of the Alice Springs office. You don’t need an IT degree but need to have edited a few short movies (not professional ones) and be familiar with smart phones and apps. If you know someone that might be interested please get in touch with inDigiMOB Project Manager Ben Smede at or 08 8952 6465
The Community Broadcasting Foundation Round 2 grants for 2018-19 are now open for application to support new Content project ideas (radio and TV) and/or Development & Operations requirements such as infrastructure, development projects and training. This grant round is focused on projects to begin in the second half of the 2018-19 financial year. It is also the last opportunity to request funding support for transitioning out of the 800MHz band.
Organisational development grants can help organisations learn, explore options, plan and develop for the future. We support all kinds of development activities that build the capacity of your organisation
The Australian Government is inviting grant applications for funding to support volunteers. These grants are for small amounts ($1,000-$5,000) to help organisations and community groups with equipment, training and support required to encourage the inclusion of vulnerable people in community life and help disadvantaged communities.
Applications are now open to support projects which will have a lasting impact in the community. The focus areas are health and wellbeing and the education of children.
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